Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria pose a very real threat to the world, one that a highly concerned World Health Organization has kept in its radar for years. Now a team of researchers has identified a new natural antibiotic in horse dung-dwelling fungus, offering up secrets that might help us avoid or at least understand an encroaching AMR world crisis.
The next time you're at a hospital, you may come down with the same illness that Bessie the cow had some years before.
It may not sound healthy, but having your intestines crowded by a wide variety of microbial life is a very good thing. Unfortunately for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, it has been found that they are very likely to lose nearly all their microbes over the course of a hospital stay, making them vulnerable to dangerous infections.
Gut bacteria found in honeybees may be an incredible alternative to antibiotics currently on the market, giving the world more of a fighting chance against a growing number of antibiotic-resistant illnesses.
Two new studies have revealed two very different ways bothersome bacteria strains can suddenly become deadly, evolving into difficult-to-rid pathogens that can threaten entire populations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will be working with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries that do not yet experience the disease at epidemic levels.
Already highly dangerous bacteria called carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have learned to "cloak" themselves with genetic material, effectively hiding from the body's natural defenses. Experts are calling these new types of CRE "phantom bacteria" and have already found a multitude of them in the Middle East.
Soil bacteria are extremely resistant to antimicrobials in more ways than scientists can count. Yet, for some reason, these bacteria have refused to share these defensive traits with other more dangerous bacteria, or even one another. Scientists claim that understanding why this occurs may be an important step in understanding how to prevent the world's next "superbug" from ever evolving.
Minnesota will be the first US state to ban triclosan, an ingredient commonly found in soaps, toothpaste, and deodorants that some researchers have linked to health and environmental problems, including the increased prevalence of drug resistant bacteria.
Three-hundred years ago, the British government offered a fantastical award to the first academic mind to figure out how figure out a ship's longitudinal location in real-time. Now Britain has done it again, offering a massive cash prize to the first scientist to solve one of the many major problems of our time - and it's up to the public to decide what that problem will be.
Cigarette smoke and even electronic cigarette "vapor" may be contributing to an increased rate of antibiotic resistance among microbes, a new study suggests.
Pesky flies buzzing around your home may be carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can also be found in waste, according to a recent study by Kansas State University, published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal.