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.

Antimicrobial resistance summit to shape the international agenda Date: 21 September 2016Place: New York, USA

Uncharted soil DNA might be fodder for new classes of antibiotics capable of vanquishing superbugs like multidrug resistant TB, strep and E. coli. That’s why Sean Brady of New York’s Rockefeller University is subjecting a closetful of dirt to next-gen sequencing. And it’s…

A superbug resistant to the last-line antibiotic colistin has been found in seagulls in Europe and South America—indicating one vehicle for the spread of resistant bacteria. 2 separate research teams in Lithuania and Argentina, in letters to the Journal of Antimicrobial…

Of the nearly 2 million Americans infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, 23,000 people die. That’s more deaths than by homicide, observes Sushrut Jangi, an internist and instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Nearly 80 percent of…

Delegates to last week’s 69th World Health Assembly heard copious reasons for the global community to fear the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance. However, Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Special Representative on the issue, finds at least one reason for some cautious optimism:…