Modern medicine is facing the convergence of 2 major problems: the rise of antibiotic resistance and the fall of efforts to find badly needed replacements, write Allan Coukell and Helen W. Boucher. In 2018 alone, 3 Big Pharma firms halted antibiotics R&D; others have…

Before antibiotics became widespread in the 1950s, the go-to treatment for tuberculosis was a healthy dose of isolation, fresh air and sunshine.   This protocol gave way to purpose-built sanatoria designed to minimize the spread of germs. Their design hallmarks, like flat…

Antibiotics alone may be enough to cure appendicitis, upending a century-old standard of “slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people’s guts” to cure the condition, according to research published this week in JAMA.  

Manufacturing antibiotics is tricky: They’re as pricey to make as any other drug but, unlike meds for cancer or chronic illnesses, they’re curative. That means limited doses are required for success. Their profitability is also curbed by antibiotic resistance that forces…

The WHO says it will decide by 2019 whether to recommend routine antibiotics for infants in poor countries after a large study—known as the Mordor trial—revealed that receiving 2 annual doses of antibiotics reduced infant mortality by as much as 25%.

The WHO is urging the agriculture industry against overusing antibiotics on livestock, hoping to curb resistance to medically important drugs for humans.    The new guidelines warn farmers against preemptively administering antibiotics to livestock.  

Startled by rising pneumonic plague cases in Madagascar’s largest cities, residents waited in lines for antibiotics and bought face masks last week.   Long viewed as a disease affecting remote regions rather than cities, this year’s cases are concentrated largely in…

Far from handfuls of grain tossed to chicks pecking about bucolic little farms, chicken feed today is about feeding many chickens as cheaply as possible.

India is one of the world’s largest consumers of antibiotics, but it is ill prepared for the threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a new analysis published in the BMJ.   The authors examined PubMed studies, reports and policy documents on AMR, and patent…

The US needs to do more to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals, a research commission convened by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has concluded.