The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

 

The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them.

One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical companies aren’t developing new antibiotics quickly enough. They also often place profits ahead public health when choosing which drugs to develop.

Continue reading… “The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO”

Nanotechnology Breakthrough for Antibiotics

antibiotics

Nanostructures are introduced to traditional antibiotic drugs they make them much more effective.

Powerful new antibiotics are being developed that act like magnets to destroy bacteria and disease, according to a new study.  Researchers from IBM, the computer giant, say they are working on tiny particles known as nanostructures that are attracted to infected cells but do not destroy healthy ones.

Powerful New Antibiotics from Frog Skin

frog skin

Antibiotics from frog skin could help fight superbugs.

Powerful new antibiotics developed from the skin of frogs could take the fight against superbugs to a higher level. Frog skin is known to have plenty of potent germ-fighting compounds because of the hostile surroundings they inhabit. But these substances are often poisonous to humans. Now a team at the United Arab Emirates University have thought up a way of altering the chemicals to remove their toxicity, the Telegraph reported.

Continue reading… “Powerful New Antibiotics from Frog Skin”

Disinfectants May Be Fueling Growth of Superbugs

superbugs

Hospital superbugs such as C. difficile and MRSA cause dozens of deaths in hospitals each year

Disinfectants could be fueling the growth of superbugs by training them to be more resistant to antibiotics, a new study suggests.  Scientists found that exposing infectious bacteria to increasing amounts of disinfectant turned the bugs into hardy survivors.

 

Continue reading… “Disinfectants May Be Fueling Growth of Superbugs”