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This new antibiotic may help fight superbug infection

Researchers successfully created a simplified, synthesised form of "teixobactin" -- a natural antibiotic capable of killing superbugs, discovered by US scientists in soil samples in 2015.

Mar 26, 2018, 15:02 PM IST

Platypus milk may help fight superbugs: Study

The discovery was made by replicating a special protein contained in platypus milk in a laboratory setting.

Mar 15, 2018, 17:22 PM IST

Alternative drugs for mild infections could combat superbugs

Doctors are often quick to prescribe strong antibiotics for mild infections, helping bacteria evolve resistance to even the most potent drugs.

Jan 01, 2018, 18:00 PM IST

How dirty stethoscopes can cause antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Infection control guidelines from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection.

Jul 20, 2017, 13:28 PM IST

WHO's new recommendations on use of antibiotics to counter superbug infections

The WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017 also came out with recommendations on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances.

Jun 07, 2017, 10:23 AM IST

'Magical' antibiotic modified to beat bacterial resistance

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US structurally modified the lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin to make an already-powerful version of the antibiotic even more potent.

May 30, 2017, 22:21 PM IST

Antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' evolved even before dinosaurs

Antibiotic resistance is a leading public health concern worldwide as it threatens nearly five per cent of patients with infections during their stay in hospitals.

May 13, 2017, 00:12 AM IST

New, quick test to identify superbug infection

Researchers found that it was possible to distinguish not only between those bacteria that are colistin resistant, and those that are not, but also which bacteria have the more dangerous plasmid-encoded resistance.

Apr 25, 2017, 00:00 AM IST

Superbugs: Komodo dragon blood may help overcome antibiotic resistance

Researchers at George Mason University have developed a new way to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria while spurring the body's cells to heal cuts faster.

Apr 17, 2017, 17:05 PM IST

WHO releases 1st ever list of 12 most 'dangerous superbugs' – Most of these bacteria have existence in India

As part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines, the list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics.

 

Mar 02, 2017, 09:36 AM IST

12 'priority pathogens' greatest threats to human health; new antibiotics urgently required: WHO

The "priority pathogens" list published by the WHO on Monday has three rankings – critical, high and medium – according to how urgently new antibiotics are needed.

Feb 27, 2017, 22:32 PM IST

Malaria causing superbugs can enter India, warns scientist

Padmanaban and his team are hoping to start human trials of an artemisinin-curcumin combination therapy in both simple malaria cases and in the treatment of the deadly cerebral malaria.

Feb 03, 2017, 23:38 PM IST

Gene that halts TB from mutating into lethal superbugs detected

The scientists believe the discovery could also play a role in understanding the development of antibiotic-resistance in patients already suffering from TB.

Jan 29, 2017, 14:56 PM IST

Superbugs got stimulated by antibiotics, not filthy hospitals: Research

The outbreak was stopped by substantially reducing use of ciprofloxacin and related antibiotics, researchers said.

Jan 25, 2017, 14:53 PM IST

How antibiotic-resistance are making kidney infections more deadly

Pyelonephritis -- infection of the kidney usually caused by E. coli bacteria and which can start as a urinary tract infection -- causes fever, back pain and vomiting. 

Oct 05, 2016, 12:18 PM IST

UN high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance: Five things to know!

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become one of the biggest threats to global health and endangers other major priorities.

Sep 22, 2016, 06:33 AM IST

New star-shaped polymers may spell end for antibiotics

The star-shaped structures, are short chains of proteins called 'peptide polymers', and were created by a team from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering.

Sep 14, 2016, 16:16 PM IST

Soon, a cream that can ward off devastating superbugs!

The lotion prevents infection without directly killing bacteria and promoting antibiotic resistance, and could be ready for clinical trials in three years.

Jul 29, 2016, 18:04 PM IST

Superbugs could annihilate humans every 3 seconds by 2050

The battle against infections that are resistant to drugs is one the world is losing rapidly and has been described as "as big a risk as terrorism".

May 19, 2016, 15:38 PM IST

`Toxic` e-cigarette boosts superbugs, weakens immune system

The debate over the safety of e-cigarettes has taken another turn after a new study has revealed that vaping boosts superbugs and dampens the immune system.

Jan 27, 2016, 16:45 PM IST