The effort against antibiotic resistance is underfunded and needs a Cabinet-post level advocate in the US government, a US presidential advisory council concluded. The panel issued a 126-page report and launched a meeting today to hash out the practicalities.

The rampant use of antibiotics for animal food production in India —including the last one available to treat deadly bloodstream infections—reflects the escalating global crisis that is transforming animals into “reservoirs of hard-to-kill bacteria.” Animals now consume…

At the World Economic Forum back in January, a coalition of 85 biotech firms embarked on a landmark agreement to fight antibiotic resistance, urging governments to help fund research and build a “sustainable and predictable” market for new drugs. But is it too little, too…

While Lebanon moves into month 8 of a trash collection crisis, doctors are reporting a spike in severe respiratory diseases and gastroenteritis traced to the trash. Authorities sparked the crisis last July by closing Beirut’s main landfill, setting off protests. The…

The routine use of antibiotics in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition has minimal impact on the likelihood of recovery, according to a major study of more than 2,000 children by MSF and its research arm Epicentre. The results, published in The New England Journal of…

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.