Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Vaccines work – for superbugs too

There's a vital set of tools to help us tackle the threat of superbugs that we're not using to their full potential. Vaccines.

Medications

Why a common antibiotic treating diarrhea is failing

In the world of superbugs (bacteria that has grown resistant to antibiotics) Clostridioides difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis, is among the most stubborn. In 2013 the Centers for Disease Control called ...

Medications

Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli

Today, many disease-causing bacteria acquire resistance genes, which make antibiotic treatment ineffective. One gene especially—CTX-M-15, encoding an extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)—can lead to resistance in E. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Vitamin D helps treat lethal drug-resistant TB

Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people with multi-drug resistant TB, according to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment, led by Queen Mary ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why you shouldn't take antibiotics for colds and flu

Winter is well and truly on its way. For many, this conjures up images of log fires, mistletoe and festive feasts. But it can also mean cold, damp mornings, short hours of daylight and the dreaded cold and flu season.

Medical research

Humanity under threat from antibiotic-resistant infections

I grew up believing in the forward trajectory of progress in science and medicine – that human health would continue to improve as it had for hundreds of years. As I progressed through my own career in health sciences, ...

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