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%.

Saudi-led bombing in Yemen has seen thousands of casualties and left medical care in tatters, and more limbs and lives are being lost to now-widespread antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR has swelled average field hospital stays from 5 days to 19 days. One Médecins Sans…

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…

Treatment options are sorely limited for an extensively drug-resistant strain of typhoid that has been spreading in Pakistan since November 2016.5 classes of drugs are resistant to Salmonella Typhi. The city of Hyderabad alone has seen 800 cases as the outbreak spreads in…

Aging infrastructure increasingly ushers pharmaceutical pollution into urban waterways. Its impact on aquatic ecosystems is largely still a mystery—but new research sheds some light.

Chemical byproducts from pharmaceuticals flow into the ocean, largely unregulated and unchecked by wastewater treatment plants.

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.  

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 New Hub for AMR World leaders are looking to stem drug resistance with a new research hub in Germany. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are increasingly resistant to drugs—a natural phenomenon exacerbated by overzealous use of antibiotics and pre-…

If you’re just testing your interest in population-level health or you’re a veteran public health-er, you may be a bit bewildered by the proliferation of the various “healths:” public health, global health, planetary health, one health… The differences can be squishy, the…