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…

Antibacterial soaps and body washes will be removed from the shelves of stores across the US as of September 2017 to comply with a new FDA order banning the products.   Officials say the products contain chemicals that pose health risks, including hormonal effects and…

In a world where antibiotic resistance looms large as one of the greatest threats to public health, some scientists are questioning the longheld edict that a course of antibiotics must be completed even if you feel better. Their theory: Bacteria become more adept at…

Amidst the looming threat of bioterrorism and antimicrobial resistance, Ashok Chopra and his team at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed 3 new possible vaccines against the plague. They reported their findings in a study published last fall in…

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…

The growing public health threat of antimicrobial resistance could kill 10 million people a year by 2050. And some of the blame lies in the failure of today’s profit-driven research and development system to produce effective and affordable antibiotics, argue researchers…

Are bacteria-feeding viruses known as phages the kryptonite antimicrobial resistance researchers have been searching for?   Maybe. Yale University microbiologist Benjamin Chan’s findings on the viruses show promise. In 2013, Chan created a cocktail of phages and antibiotics…

As demand for animal meat grows in India, so, too, does the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant superbugs in the food chain, reports a new study. Recently, researchers tested 55 farm-raised and 45 free-range chickens at 7 markets in Southern India. 11% of both chicken…

UN member states have called upon the Secretary General and the WHO to create an interagency group that would coordinate the UN’s response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). But the UN has revealed little about who will be in charge and what form the group’s work will take…

Not only do some workers at industrial hog production facilities carry multidrug-resistant staph bacteria in their noses, they may also be developing skin infections from the bacteria, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. Of the 183 people…