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Category / Antibiotic Resistance

We may have a new weapon to fight dangerous superbugs (and we’re gonna need it)

There is a version of the near future where antibiotic resistant bacteria become more deadly than cancer.  A study released back in 2016 predicted that, if left unchecked, these types of bacteria could claim more than 10 million lives a year by 2050. Cancer currently kills 8 million people annually. In the U.S. alone, antibiotic...CONTINUE READING
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The CDC is terrified of these germs, so it’s trying to contain them

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can’t stop microbes from mutating and becoming resistant to even our strongest drugs. But it is working harder than ever to come up with an effective containment strategy to stop the spread of these lethal bacteria.  In 2017, the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory collected 5,776 “highly resistant”...CONTINUE READING
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Antibiotic use skyrockets globally, stoking fears of tough ‘superbugs’

Antibiotics made their big debut during World War II, when the U.Spumped out increasingly potent doses of penicillin to successfully combat bacterial infections in troops. These antibacterial drugs have been hugely effective in the seven decades since, but there’s a consequence: The more that antibiotics are consumed, the more resistant infectious bugs become to these...CONTINUE READING
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Platypus milk is not a new trendy milk, but it could save lives

Platypus milk: It’s not the new almond milk, but it could save lives. Milk from Australia’s duck-billed, egg-laying monotreme could be crucial to the fight against antibiotic resistance, thanks to new research by Australian scientists. SEE ALSO: Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man’s heart Back in 2010,...CONTINUE READING
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Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man’s heart

After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man’s heart, his chest became infected with bacteria.  The usual solution would be to destroy the harmful bacteria with antibiotics. But the doctors found their antibiotics wouldn’t kill the microbe, P. aeruginosa, which like many bacteria in recent years, had become resistant to traditional...CONTINUE READING
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