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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.

Antibiotics linked to childhood obesity

A new study suggests that taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of two may increase a child’s risk of obesity in later life.

Obama's strategy to tackle antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Washington - President Obama has launched a new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. The strategy seeks to find new types of diagnostic testing and to improve disease surveillance.

One day in hospital raises drug-resistant bacteria infection risk

If a patient contracts an infection while in the hospital, then each day of hospitalization increases the likelihood that the infection will be antibiotic resistant by one percent. This alarming finding comes from a new study.

Bee bacteria make for antibiotic alternatives

Lund - A new study has shown that certain types of bacteria extracted from the stomachs of honeybees could be promising targets as antibiotics against pathogenic bacteria like MRSA.

Antibiotics administered early in life can affect immunity

Different antibiotics, taken early in life, can adversely affect the bacteria that play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, according to a new study.

Antibiotic capsules recalled in the U.S.

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has initiated a recall of multiple lots of the antibiotic cephalexin capsules from the U.S. market. The tablets were imported from India.

Antibiotic use linked to obesity

Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, according to some new research. Some scientists wonder if the same effects occur with people.

Proposal to restrict antibiotic use on farms

A measure being taken through the California legislature requires farmers to obtain a prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.
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Holstein-Friesian milk cow
Holstein-Friesian milk cow
Keith Weller / USDA
Cattle in feedlot.
Cattle in feedlot.
USDA
Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Strep Research Center
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