A multi-organizational study has identified a potential of certain antidepressants to inhibit the spread of infections. The class of drug known as FIASMAs can target an enzyme in cells needed by pathogens to survive within their host's body.
Medicine June 2, 2019
A large percentage of antibiotics prescribed to patients prior to a dental procedure are not aligned with national guidelines. The finding is significant because dentists are behind 10 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States.
Public Health May 31, 2019
Scientists are looking at CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop a treatment to antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs. A company called Locus Biosciences claimed that it has a 'living antibiotic' made up of viruses that only attack harmful pathogens.
Public Health May 24, 2019
Considered as the next healthcare frontier, telemedicine could end up doing more harm than good for the children. A new study suggested the kids were more likely to receive an antibiotic prescription in this method compared to traditional consultations.
Medicine April 8, 2019
Antibiotic-resistant genes first detected in India in 2008 have spread to the Arctic, one of the most pristine environments on Earth. How did the superbug genes get there?
Feature | Health January 28, 2019
Can wasp venom be the answer to the superbug problem? MIT researchers were able to turn the toxic peptides of wasp venoms into antibiotics that can clear an infection within a few days.
Medicine December 8, 2018
Spikes in calls about insect bites coincided when the temperature peaked between June 24 and July 9. The Antibiotic Research UK said that the bite from the bloodsucking horseflies may lead to potentially deadly infections.
Public Health July 16, 2018
Doctors warned that the sexually transmitted disease Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, could become resistant to standard antibiotics. What are the symptoms of this STI and potential effects of untreated infection?
Public Health July 11, 2018
The highly antibiotic-resistant 'super gonorrhea' strain, first diagnosed in a patient from the UK, has been recently detected in two Australians. One of them contracted the infection in Southeast Asia, similarly to the patient from the UK.
Public Health April 21, 2018
CDC has released a new report detailing the spread of a nightmare bacteria that is antibiotic resistant. There have been more than 200 cases reported across the U.S.
Public Health April 5, 2018
Government officials and healthcare workers worked double time to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These superbugs will cost the country billions of dollars in hospitalization and medications with no certain recovery.
Public Health April 5, 2018
Even when new regulations have been passed, U.S. physicians are still prescribing too many antibiotic medications for sinus infections. This puts patients at risk of side effects and drug resistance.
Public Health April 2, 2018
The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone failed to cure the infection of a UK man who contracted drug-resistant gonorrhea in Southeast Asia. WHO earlier cited the need for new drugs amid rising cases of antibiotic-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection.
Public Health March 29, 2018
One man's one night of pleasure turned into suffering when he realized that he had caught a strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. He caught super gonorrhea while he was on vacation in Southeast Asia.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 28, 2018
The rate of antibiotic use increased 39 percent from 2000 to 2015. Researchers said that the dramatic rise in global antibiotic use is driven by consumption in countries such as India, China, and Pakistan.
Public Health March 28, 2018
One of the world's strangest animals could be the key to fighting superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Platypus milk contains a protein that could fight these superbugs.
Medicine March 15, 2018
Researchers have discovered a new a potentially new antibiotic that's very powerful. This could help against drug-resistant bacteria that the health sector is struggling against.
Medicine February 13, 2018
Researchers recently claimed that patients do not need to finish out their antibiotics. Doctors are now firing back over the irresponsible and potentially harmful advice.
Public Health July 28, 2017
In a new study, a mass vaccination campaign for a meningitis outbreak in New Zealand has offered the unintended benefit of helping reduce gonorrhea incidence. Should we expect a gonorrhea vaccine soon amid the threat of antibiotic resistance?
Public Health July 11, 2017
Health officials warn about the spread of super gonorrhea, one that is antibiotic resistant. Gonorrhea spreads due to a number of factors, including a decline in condom use and oral sex.
Public Health July 7, 2017
Scientists are structurally modifying vancomycin to make it more powerful in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Why it took a long time for vancomycin-resistant enterococci to strike offers clues on the antibiotic's potential.
Medicine May 30, 2017
Tuberculosis is not yet a relic of the past as it continues to kill millions every year, especially in low-income countries and Africa. How is the battle going in the face of antibiotic resistance and new bacterial strains?
Public Health March 26, 2017
Experts consider antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health. What is it, what causes it, and how can it cast us back to the dark ages of medicine?
Public Health March 6, 2017
A team of scientists from George Mason University believes the blood of Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world, contain potent antimicrobial properties that can solve antibiotic resistance.
Medicine March 3, 2017
The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.
Public Health February 28, 2017
The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree, a noxious weed in Florida, contain compounds that can disarm potentially deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. What makes the plant a good tool for fighting superbugs?
Public Health February 10, 2017
Sometimes, brute force is the answer. Researchers have found that existing antibiotics can be modified to take advantage of 'brute force' in dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Medicine February 4, 2017
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR- TB) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa says person-to-person transmission is the reason behind the outbreak.
Public Health February 3, 2017
A new study from the University of Exeter in England confirms that bacterial overgrowth is encouraged by antibiotics, as seen in the mutated E.coli bacteria used in the study. Antibiotic resistance continues to be a global health concern.
Public Health February 1, 2017
Antibiotic use is critical in health care. However, overuse has given rise to antibiotic resistance, with researchers recently reporting that the antibiotic-resistant gene MCR-1 has spread in China.
Public Health January 31, 2017
Scientists from Oregon State University have developed a new potential weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant germs. The key: the PPMO molecule for neutralizing the bacteria’s ability to evade antibiotics.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 25, 2017
The superbug CRE may infect people without them knowing it. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria has the ability to silently spreading without causing symptoms.
Public Health January 19, 2017
The death of a woman in Nevada from a superbug resistant to 26 antibiotics highlights the growing problem posed by drug resistance. What happens when more infections become resistant to treatments?
Medicine January 16, 2017
A woman in Nevada died of an infection resistant to all of the 26 antibiotics in the United States. She was hospitalized several times in India prior to her return to the US.
Public Health January 14, 2017
Superbugs are growing in number while new antibiotics being developed have dwindled in number and potency. Research shows this trend could lead to 10 million deaths by the year 2050.
Medicine December 28, 2016
New cases of a superbug infection may have been contracted outside of healthcare facilities. Six people in Colorado were recently reported to have the 'nightmare superbug.'
Public Health December 18, 2016
A bacteria carrying a gene resistant to carbapenem antibiotics has been discovered in a pig farm in the United States. How did the mutant gene get into the animal farm?
Public Health December 6, 2016
The CDC released a set of four guideline pillars to guide the medical personnel involved in the medication of outcare patients. One of the core positive effects of this measure will be lowering antibiotic resistance.
Public Health November 15, 2016
A new study suggested social media use could increase the knowledge and correct implementation of antibiotics in young medical residents. The study used Facebook and Twitter to test the interns' knowledge.
Medicine November 2, 2016
Hospital beds are usually associated with getting better but a new study is saying this may depend on who used it before. If the previous patient received antibiotics, the subsequent patient is likelier to develop a Clostridium infection, report researchers.
Public Health October 11, 2016
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the United Nations elevated the antibiotic resistance crisis on par with other major health issues such as Ebola and HIV. World leaders have pledged to strengthen efforts against the issue.
Public Health September 23, 2016
Despite growing concerns over bacteria becoming drug-resistant, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics in hospitals. What strategies can be adopted to help curb this problem?
Public Health September 20, 2016
A 2-year-old girl who traveled to the Caribbean was found to have a drug-resistant strain of E.coli. The superbug was resistant to colistin, but the patient recovered after she was treated with the antibiotic paromomycin.
Public Health September 9, 2016
FDA issues new rule banning sale of antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan and similar ingredients. These chemicals may worsen antibiotic resistance and are associated with hormonal disruption and cancer.
Public Health September 3, 2016
The clinical tool STARWAVe considers seven factors that can help doctors determine if a patient suffering from respiratory tract infections and cough need to be prescribed with antibiotics. The new tool may help curb the problem with antibiotic resistance.
Public Health September 3, 2016