Ants deploy bacteria to ward off invading fungi and microbes—a discovery stirring interest in the quest for new antibiotics.   Certain ant species sport bacteria that produce powerful antibiotic and antifungal agents, worn in the form of sugary white patches on their bodies…

UNITED NATIONS—To sustained applause, a high-level meeting at the 71st UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration on Wednesday that calls for a collaborative, global response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Today in New York, UN member states will sign a declaration to fight antibiotic resistance, adopting the same high-level approach used to rally resources around climate change.  

The UN General Assembly has convened a high-level meeting on a global health issue only 3 times in its history. The meetings addressed HIV/AIDS, noncommunicable diseases and Ebola). Tomorrow, it hosts the 4th: The UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial…

  The United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City will devote Wednesdsay to discussing the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The High Level Meeting signals what a critical issue antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become. In this preview interview with…

In a time of growing antibiotic resistance, researchers are eager for alternatives. Atlanta ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave has embarked on a project to collect and study plants and herbs that may yield compounds useful in the development of new treatments. Rather than…

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…