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Half of chickens sold contain problem viruses

Vienna - Scientists have discovered that over 50 percent of chickens sold in Austria as meat products contain viruses that can transfer antibiotic resistant genes between bacteria.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Taking on bacterial resistance with 'resistance breakers'

As part of the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, scientists are looking at a new research stream based on so-termed "resistance breakers."

Call for fund to develop new antibiotics

A British economist is calling on the world's leading pharmaceutical companies to set up a $2 billion fund to enable research into new antibiotics.

New campaign to end antibiotic use in farm animals

Social campaign group Avaaz is seeking to reduce the amount of antibiotics administered to farm animals. The group points out that the use of these drugs has fallen in Europe, with the exception of some territories like the U.K.

Who will pay for new antibiotics?

Oslo - New types of antibiotics are needed in order to stem the flow of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the deaths causes from infections that were once readily treatable. One thing hindering development is finance. The question is: who pays?

Slow progress on the antibiotic resistance front

Geneva - Despite calls to restrict the use of antibiotics, in order to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance, a new report shows that around three-quarters of the countries in the world have no plans to slow-down on antibiotic use.

Tyson Foods to end use of antibiotics in poultry by 2017

The nation's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, announced on Tuesday they plan to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017. The move signifies a major shift in the poultry industry.

FDA says farmers are still using medically important antibiotics

The Food and Drug Administration released its 2013 annual report last week on the sale of medically important antibiotics to meat producers. The report shows that sales increased three percent in 2013, and 20 percent between 2009 and 2013.

Fund launched to fight global resistant infections

A new global campaign has been launched called the Fleming Fund, with the aim of harnessing resources to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria.

White house plan to fight 'superbugs' falls short of expectations

The White House is expected to release an ambitious and comprehensive plan that would slow the deadly growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria over the next five years. The plan will not only include huge monetary investments, but policy changes as well.

Preventing antibiotics from killing beneficial bacteria

The microorganisms in the human gut can help the body to maintain a state of health. One problem with antibiotics, when used to fight pathogens, is that they can indiscriminately kill off beneficial bacteria. A new compound can help address this concern.

Preservation of antibiotics legislation revived in Congress

On Tuesday, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), legislation that would ban the non-therapeutic use of eight important classes of antibiotics in food animal production.

Newly identified risk of antibiotic overuse

Scientists are warning that some antibiotics can have an unintended impact on the microorganisms that live in an animal's gut. Ultimately this can affect the immune system, glucose metabolism, food absorption, obesity, stress and behavior.

Drug resistant bacteria lurking in New York subways

A new study has shown that New York City's subway system is crowded with microbes that are resistant to two widely used antibiotics.

New funding to fight antibiotic resistance Special

This week the White House stated that it will double the amount of federal funding put aside to combat and preventing antibiotic resistance. The sum stands at greater than $1.2 billion.

Misuse of antibiotics can lead to increase in malaria

New research suggests that mosquitoes that consume penicillin and streptomycin-laced human blood pick up malaria more easily.

Aerial transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria documented

Plainview - After testing dust from in the air near large-scale feedlots on the Southern High Plains, scientists found evidence of antibiotics, feedlot-derived bacteria and DNA sequences that encode for antibiotic resistance.

Unpacking the clues as to why some bacteria resist antibiotics

Phoenix - Scientists are seeking to find out the different processes used by bacteria to survive destruction from antimicrobial peptides within the natural environment. The hope is to find new ways to kill pathogenic organisms.

Predicting antibiotic resistance through advanced genetics

Tokyo - The challenge faced by scientists in developing a new generation of antibiotics to challenge the menace of antibiotic resistant superbugs is considerable. To help with this, researchers have pinpointed the how resistance develops.

Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

London - A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050.

Merck buys Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Major pharmaceutical company Merck has splashed out $8 billion on a smaller company called Cubist Pharmaceuticals. This is related to the search for new antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance detected in monkeys

Veracruz - Antibiotic resistance is the scourge of modern medicine. Alarmingly, even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.

Thousands sign up to Antibiotic Guardians

London - Across the U.K., over 8,100 healthcare professionals and some 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance by becoming “antibiotic guardians.”

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

New treatment against antibiotic resistant bacteria

University of Liverpool microbiologists are working on a new treatment against antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The treatment is designed to be an alternative to current antibiotics.

Doctors treating more drug-resistant patients: Study

More patients in the U.S. are coming down with drug-resistant bacterial infections because of overuse and over-prescription of antibiotics in humans and animals.

Computer design helps build new antibiotics

Technologists and biologists have combined resources to use computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics. This combination approach could lead to the development of a new generation of drugs.

Jerry Brown vetoes controversial antibiotics bill

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would establish rules for restricting antibiotics for use on farm animals. Brown's reasons were that the bill was "too weak."

Antibiotic sales for farms are rising

Despite concerns that the use of antibiotics may contribute to drug resistance, sales for the use of antibiotics in livestock have increased in recent years.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Tom Varco
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Cattle in feedlot.
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Holstein-Friesian milk cow
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