Dozens of drug makers signed an unprecedented statement to jointly combat antibiotic resistance, recognizing that there aren’t enough new drugs in the game and urging governments to support investment. The companies, including Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson,…

Doctors know antibiotics won’t help colds and other respiratory infections, but patients are loath to let go of their demands for the drugs. The CDC estimates that a whopping half of all current antibiotic prescriptions fall into the ‘unnecessary’ category—at a cost of…

“Antibiotic resistance is at last fashionable.” So begins a Lancet commentary that introduces the journal’s new series that seeks to redefine and reposition the issue of antimicrobial resistance—Antimicrobials: access and sustainable effectiveness. The problem is broader…

Resolutions for Global Health Many freshly minted New Year’s resolutions are likely linked to personal health goals (exercise more, cut back on soda, quit smoking?) that fell by the wayside in 2015. But on the global health scale, numerous serious problems…

No one is known to have died—yet—because of the gene mcr-1, which allows bacteria to protect themselves against the last-ditch antibiotic colistin.

An often deadly superbug—identified by public health officials as one of the country’s most urgent public health threats—is on the rise in the U.S, according to a new CDC report. Highly drug-resistant and difficult to detect, this type of CRE bacteria is dubbed “the…

A strain of bacteria resistant to colistin—the antibiotic of last resort for gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli—has been found in pigs, raw pork meat, and a small number of people in China. Scientists in China and the UK reported the discovery Wednesday in Lancet…

As misunderstandings go, this is biggie: Most of the dozens of people polled in the UK about antibiotic resistance assumed that it’s the person who becomes resistant to antibiotics, not the microbes. That finding among others is summarized in a fascinating if disconcerting…

A new WHO survey of 10,000 people in 12 countries reveals general awareness of antibiotic resistance but also glaring misconceptions about antibiotics, their proper use and how to stem resistance. While 2 in 3 people surveyed know that antibiotic resistance is a potential…

Gonorrhea is on a growing list of infections that may soon become untreatable. The bacteria that cause the infection are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics that formerly killed them. Thailand is a pathfinder for reaching patients and providing non-…