The serendipitous discovery of penicillin is a testament to the importance of observation.
How slow diagnosis of bacterial infections is exacerbating our antibiotics problem.
It could yet become a powerful weapon in our medical arsenal.
Irrational prescriptions are a major global health problem. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than half of all medicines are inappropriately prescribed, dispensed or sold.
If you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections. Ever since then we have been searching for new antibiotics.
In the battle against superbugs, you'd be amazed where we might find the cures of the future.
Doctors know that inappropriate prescribing can lead to antibiotic resistance. So why do they keep doing it?
Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in a way that prevents the antibiotic from working in its normal manner. There are several ways in which this can happen.
Panic has spread with the discovery of a bacterium in the United States that is resistant to the last bastions of antibiotic resistance.
A number of monkey species eat rough leaves, soils and charcoal to treat or prevent diseases.
When the hugging had to stop: life in a post-antibiotic era.
Arguing about the pros and cons of fat in our diet takes the focus away from the real nutritional demon: processed foods.
Here are highlights from The Conversation US' coverage of antibiotics and how scientists are trying to combat resistant bacteria.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Plague, one of the deadliest diseases in the world, has been reported in several African countries in the past decade.
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
While antibiotics can kill the bacteria associated with acne, it's their anti-inflammatory effects, not their antimicrobial effects, that yield the biggest skin-clearing benefits.
Harm doesn’t just come in the form of side-effects or further testing. The "cons" of any treatment also include the costs, which can be financial, emotional, and the costs of the individual’s time.