Excessive, unnecessary use of medically important antibiotics in livestock production is spurring antibiotic resistance in animals and humans, confirms a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report published this week.

Researchers may have a new foothold in their advances against antibiotic-resistant infections: fat.

Untreatable infections kill an estimated 700,000 people a year worldwide, and IBM researchers are looking to shrink that number with new therapeutics that home in on superbugs like “ninja assassins,” writes Lisa M. Krieger. Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous chains of…

Sewage-dwelling viruses could kill the superbug crisis.   Tom Patterson was about to die from the antibiotic-resistant superbug “Iraqibacter” when his epidemiologist wife Steffanie Strathdee tapped into a little-used experimental treatment.     The US’ first intravenous…

A superbug outbreak that killed 20 people and seriously sickened 350 is being blamed on defects in the Olympus duodenoscope, a flexible tube used to reach the small intestine through the mouth.   Despite knowing the device was impossible to completely disinfect, Olympus…

In a first-of-its kind case in the US, phage therapy—the century-old use of viruses to kill bacteria—saved the life of a 68-year-old who was dying of an infection from one of the world’s most antibiotic-resistant superbugs.   After 7 months in the hospital, Tom Patterson…

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria “is a classic example of the tragedy of the commons, where individuals rationally pursuing their own interests ultimately create a collective disaster,” argues BBC columnist Tim Harford. Though we’ve long known overuse could breed…

The WHO on Monday warned that 12 antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”—including those that cause MRSA and gonorrhea—pose an immediate, urgent threat to human health.   The organization urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on the most…

Move over, bomb-sniffing dogs. A Canadian canine handler has trained her English springer spaniel, Angus, to sniff out notorious superbug Clostridium difficile in hospitals, where superbug infections are a growing problem.   Teresa Zurburg came up with the idea after…

India’s sacred River Ganges is being invaded by water-borne superbugs—and they pose a global threat.   500 million people depend on the river for their water. The river, thought to have holy cleansing powers, absorbs 32,000 human corpses cremated there annually—that’s 300…