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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.

Use of antibiotics for colds leaps by one-third in 12 years

London - There are fears that national guidelines in the U.K. to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in primary care have failed dramatically in relation to treatment of the common cold, according to a new study.

Op-Ed: New U.S. body to evaluate antimicrobial products

London Colney - Antibacterial resistance is a growing global problem. According to the most recent statistics from the CDC, at least 2 million people acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more of antibacterial drugs.

Thousands of patients misprescribed antibiotics

During the 2013 flu season a new report highlights that antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics).

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Antibiotic resistance of foodborne germs rises

Atlanta - According to the U.S. CDC, antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains an ongoing public health threat. The Agency has published information about the latest trends.

New generation of antibiotics considered

A new approach in tackling and destroying antibiotic resistant bacteria is being considered. New research reveals an Achilles' heel in the defensive barrier that surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.

Protecting good bacteria from antibiotics

Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria. However, they can also kill beneficial bacteria and upset the human body, especially in the gut. Scientists have developed a way to help protect ‘good’ bacteria from antibiotics.

Antibiotics win public’s vote for Longitude Prize

London - The British public has voted for antibiotics as the subject of the Longitude Prize 2014 as a "post-antibiotic" era looms.

Two new antibiotics developed

Reversing the long period where no new antibiotics have been developed, two new drugs could be available within a matter of months.

Digging in the dirt: Citizen Scientists hunt for new medicines

Microbes are a rich source of medicines and it is thought that many life-saving compounds are still awaiting discovery. To help trace possible candidates, citizen scientists have been called on to help.

Is government needed for antibiotic development?

Major pharmaceutical companies are hindering the development of new antibiotics, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (U.K.).
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Holstein-Friesian milk cow
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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.
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