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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Chinese researchers have reported that some industrial solvents may help bacteria share an antibiotic resistance gene. This means that some solvents might be leading to a rise in certain bacterial diseases.
Bacteria from the mother are said to help "kickstart" a baby’s immune system. However, antibiotics used by the mother to fight bacterial infection may have the reverse effect and could interrupt immune system development for the infant.
A new treatment, using microparticles made from chitosan, may help dairy cattle resist uterine diseases and could help improve food safety for people. New research suggests chitosan microparticles kill bacteria.
Very few American's don't like chicken, either southern fried, baked or as chicken tenders along side their favorite dipping sauce. But most people don't realize just how many different kinds of dangerous pathogens raw chicken can harbor.