antibiotic resistance

23 articles
Just the Vax, Please: Vaccines and Hospital Acquired Infections -- Using old techniques to address new issues
Mar 18, 2014 | Jane Huston

Like that sweet boy from 10th grade biology who always carried your books, antibiotics are being taken for granted. For decades, we have asked too...

Bacteria Without Borders: The Fight Against TB & Malaria
Jun 3, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

In this series on superbugs—meaning bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics—we’ve looked at germs on a national level. But...

Sex and the Superbug: Meet Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea
May 29, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Here’s a tidbit you probably didn’t know: Gonorrhea is the second-most frequently reported “notifiable” disease, according to the Centers for Disease...

The Nearly Unstoppable Superbugs
May 13, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

A particularly virulent type of bacteria called CREs, which include E. coli and Salmonella, is gaining in strength. Can we develop better antibiotics...

New Findings on Bacteria in Ground Turkey Have Industry Up in Arms
May 6, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

In its debut lab analysis study, Consumer Reports magazine reveals disturbing findings about ground turkey sold in retail stores across America....

Humans vs. Superbugs: Who Will Win?
May 6, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

More and more, antibiotics are proving useless in the fight against many common diseases. Here's how we got here, and how we fight—and win—against...

Antibiotics: The One Drug We Can’t Seem to Get Enough Of
Apr 24, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Drugs are more expensive—and therefore more often out of reach for many Americans—than ever. This you probably already know. But there’s one type of...

New Malaria Drug: A Step Towards Eradication?
Mar 29, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Malaria prevention and eradication has long been a goal of health officials around the world. New research shows promise: a compound with the...

NDM-1 “Superbug” Now Acquired in Canada
Dec 13, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

The emergence of locally acquired NDM-1 in two Canadian hospitals raises concerns about “superbugs” and antibiotics’ future futility. NDM-1, or New...

Unusually High Rates of Gonorrhea Hit Maine
Dec 11, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

The CDC in Maine has recorded 370 cases of gonorrhea in the first ten months of this year, an unusually high number. Last year, the CDC recorded one...

CDC Celebrates Antibiotic Resistance Awareness
Nov 28, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Nietzsche was right, though “that which does not kill bacteria makes them stronger” may have been more accurate. Seventy years ago, the advent of...

New Superbug Found in US Hospital
Jun 27, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced two more cases of an emerging type of “superbug” last week. Two patients in a Rhode Island...

Drug-Resistant Whooping Cough in France
Jun 11, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Doctors recently discovered an antibiotic-resistant case of pertussis in an infant in Lyon, France. The child, an 18-day-old, arrived at Hôpital...

Light: Enemy of Vampires and…Bacteria?
Jun 8, 2012 | Adham Abdel Mottalib

Since the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, scientists have been involved in a hectic battle against bacteria, which in turn have...

Inadequate FDA Antibiotic Policy Spurs Criticism
Apr 27, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent recommendations on antimicrobials in animal food production gave rise to a myriad of opinions...

Is Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading?
Apr 12, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

Early this month, two studies were published in Science and The Lancet, each with evidence of artemisinin-resistance along the Thailand-Myanmar...

Human vs. Microbe: Looming Resistance in Gonorrhea
Feb 9, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

According to The Bay Area Reporter and to preliminary data from the Department of Public Health’s STD Prevention and Control Section, cases of...

Superbug spreads and takes root: 9 cases of locally-acquired NDM-1 infection in South Africa
Oct 18, 2011 | Glory Song

Nine patients have been infected with the highly antibiotic-resistant, NDM-1 containing bacteria, commonly known as a superbug, at the Life Glynnwood...

Potential for untreatable gonorrhea?
Oct 12, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

This Monday, 10 Oct. 2011, doctors from the United Kingdom reported that gonorrhea has developed an increased resistance to the antibiotic currently...

Drug resistance continued: Malaria
Sep 22, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

Early this morning, the New England Journal of Medicine released a piece warning of potential artemisinin-resistant malaria near the Cambodia-...

KPC Bacteria Kills 50 in Panama
Aug 23, 2011 | Laura Pinheiro

For the last month, Panama’s Social Security Hospital (CSS) is experiencing an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) infections among...

Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea Detected
Jul 13, 2011 | healthmap

A new gonorrhea “superbug” has hit Japan. This new strain, named H041, is reportedly resistant to all existing antibiotics.  Gonorrhea, a sexually...

KPC Alert in Uruguay
May 6, 2011 | healthmap

In the last two months, three Uruguayan patients have died in Montevideo from the now well known antibiotic-resistant bacteria, KPC. Bacteria with...