WHO Ranks Antibiotics to Fight Life-Threatening Antibiotic Resistance

The World Health Organization has made the biggest changes in 40 years to its Essential Medicines List in an effort to tackle drug resistance.


Blowing out Birthday Candles = 1400% More Bacteria. Yum!

Clemson University researchers have discovered that blowing out birthday candles increases the bacterial contamination on a cake by 1,400%.


200 Scientists Want Tougher Limits on Chemicals in Personal Care Products

A group of 200 scientists and medical professionals are calling on the FDA to tightly restrict the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban.


Sandbox Sickness: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Found on Playgrounds

Clostridium difficile bacteria were found in sandboxes on public playgrounds in Madrid, and each sample was found to be antibiotic-resistant.


Scientists Call GMO Antibiotics ‘Better Science’ Solution to Superbugs

Scientists have figured out a way to re-engineer vancomycin, considered an antibiotic of last resort, to fight the spread of drug-resistant superbugs.


Gene-Editing Technology may Replace Antibiotics in the Future

Scientists are creating a pill that uses CRISPR gene-editing technology to kill the Clostridium difficile bacterium, which is dodging conventional medicine.


Could “Advanced Probiotics” Soon Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

A study has uncovered a link between gut bacteria and the onset of Parkinson’s disease, and could lead to a new way of treating one of the world’s most debilitating diseases.


A Superbug Has Increased 700% in Children Since 2007

A type of superbug has increased 700% since 2007 in U.S. children, who are more likely to have a negative outcome than adults.


Superbugs may be More Widespread than Previously Thought

Drug-resistant superbugs are more prevalent than previously thought, researchers say, and it’s easy for them to hide because many people are asymptomatic.


Scientists Modify Antibiotics to “Rip Apart” Superbugs in Minutes

By “supercharging” certain antibiotics, scientists have found that drug-resistant bacteria can be overpowered and killed. A solution to antibiotic-resistance?


Hospital Faces Heat for Poorly Handling an Infant MRSA Outbreak

When an outbreak of MRSA struck 10 infants at UC Irvine Medical Center in California, officials tried “to quietly handle the outbreak internally.”


Get Ready for an Explosion of Lyme Disease this Spring

Lyme disease is expected to be a major problem in the northeastern U.S. this year because of the exploding mouse population.


New FDA Rule Makes it Harder for Farmers to Give Animals Antibiotics

On January 1, the FDA took an important step in fighting antimicrobial resistance when it banned the use of antibiotics to help livestock gain weight.


Toxic Shock Syndrome Doesn’t Just Arise from Tampon Use

Doctors say that only about 50 percent of toxic shock syndrome cases actually arise from the use of tampons, with the other half coming from various other sources.


New Discovery Could Help Humans Win the War on Superbugs

Scientists want to find solutions to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The latest weapon in their arsenal is Tasmanian devil milk.


How True is the ‘5 Second Rule’ When You Drop Food on the Floor?

A new study finds that the five second rule is total bunk. Instead the type of food you drop on the floor is much more important.


Stunning Video Depicts Bacteria Evolving, Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

Researchers have made a short film that actually depicts bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, allowing us to see evolution first-hand.