More births in health care facilities in low- and middle- income countries translates to a reduced risk of sepsis to neonates and overall gains in child survival. But poor-quality facilities face grave risks from antimicrobial resistance, write Ramanan Laxminarayan and…

Off the Radar, part 1 of a year-plus investigation by Reuters, makes use of court records, news reports, patient advocacy organizations and web searches to reveal that the US is ignoring a worsening epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Reuters team found that…

The US FDA has banned the sale of soaps with 19 antibacterial chemicals, saying that industry has provided little evidence of safety or effectiveness. Industry, which fought the ban, has a year to remove the chemicals from their liquid hand soaps and bar soaps. Public…

With antibiotics losing their punch against several sexually transmitted infections, the WHO released new treatment guidelines. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis—common infections caused by bacteria and generally curable by antibiotics—often go untreated, and are becoming…

Fungal infections, which already kill 1 million people each year, are developing resistance to frontline medicines. Researchers say fungicides on crops are a major reason behind the spread. The problem is similar to that of antibiotic resistance, but the arsenal of anti-…

Irresponsible pharmaceutical companies fuel the proliferation of superbugs through supply chain pollution, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) reports. The advocacy group uncovered lapses such as dirty production and inadequate waste disposal in the production of…

Diet has a strong effect on the genes that can move between bacterial communities, reveals a study published in Nature. After more than 8 years of research among populations in Fiji, scientist Ilana Brito also found a prevalence of genes within bacteria found in both…

Although known as the “Hermit Kingdom,” North Korea has actively sought international assistance to fight TB. With an estimated incidence of 442/100,000 population, the nation is 1 of 30 on the WHO’s high-burden multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) list. International…

Up to $350 million over 5 years targeting antimicrobial resistance. What’s not to like? Some antibiotics researchers are questioning how the funding is being directed from CARB-X, a public–private partnership announced yesterday. Backed by the US government (if Congress…

An antibiotic produced by a nose-dwelling bacterium shows potential against superbugs like MRSA, and offers hope the body could serve up more weapons to battle antibiotic resistance.