Genes resistant to last-resort antibiotic colistin may already exist naturally, say researchers in a new article in mBio. That means bacteria can develop resistance to the antibiotic without being exposed to it.

By tackling factory farming, the WHO could fight all 3 of the “slow-motion disasters” outlined by outgoing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD at last year’s World Health Assembly (WHA): climate change, antibiotic resistance and noncommunicable diseases threatening…

We need to standardize the terminology we use to talk about antibiotic resistance, argues an international group of researchers led by University of Cape Town’s Marc Mendelson. Because dealing with this global problem requires participation from governments, health experts…

Despite lip service from politicians, antimicrobial resistance has remained a backburner issue, argue Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy.  

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…