Kristen Winner

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The war against superbugs: Can drug-resistant bacteria be beaten?

It’s a nightmarish thought: You go into the hospital for a relatively simple procedure, come in contact with a superbug and fall deathly ill.<p>That scenario played out on a large scale in Los Angeles last month when it came to light that insufficient cleaning of a frequently used scope exposed dozens …

A New Report Suggests We Should Be More Worried About Drug-Resistant Bacteria Than Cancer

The UK's ​​Review on Antimicrobial Resistance says antibiotic-resistant bacteria are spreading so fast that untreatable infections might be more likely to kill any given person than cancer in 2050.<p>​Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are slated to become a more common cause of death than cancer by 2050 …

Microbiology

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in 4-Million-Year-Old Cave

Microbes from pristine areas can battle modern medicine, study says.<p><b>Deep in the bowels of a pristine New Mexico cave, microbiologists have discovered nearly a hundred types of bacteria that can fight off modern antibiotic drugs.</b><p>The bacteria coat the walls of the Lechuguilla cave system on rock …

Here's Why Drug-Resistant Bacteria Could Spread Globally

Common bacteria could be on the verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant super bugs, according to a new study.<p>Resistance to antibiotics is in danger of …

Microbiology

White House Issues Plan to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Coordinated federal and state effort against superbugs would seek to curb use at farms, hospitals<p>WASHINGTON—The White House on Friday issued the most extensive plan ever to fight drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, seeking to curb antibiotic use at farms and hospitals—and promote discovery of …

The White House

'Super bacteria' found in Rio de Janeiro waters where Olympic sailing events are to be held

Scientists with Brazil's most respected health research institute say they've discovered a drug-resistant "super bacteria" in waters where Olympic sailing events will be held.<p>The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz says that in samples taken from various spots along the Carioca River it has discovered bacteria …

Insight - Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in crowded Afghan war clinic | Reuters

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A frontline hospital in Afghanistan already stretched by rising war casualties is facing another, invisible danger that is only beginning to come to light: highly contagious strains of drug-resistant bacteria which are making treatment harder.<p>Zemairy, an Afghan boy, …

Afghanistan

Talented bacteria detect cancer, diabetes

You might want to park at the door any assumptions about bacteria being primitive, inert or yucky. This is a story about genetically engineered forms of bacteria that may someday diagnose cancer by analyzing a urine sample, and that have already shown a knack for recognizing the hallmarks …

Agriculture industry must kick dangerous antibiotic habit

As the saying goes, bad habits are incredibly hard to break. Usually an unpleasant revelation is needed to wake people up to the need for change. In health care, where antibiotics have been improperly seen as the first line of defence against infectious disease rather than the last resort, that …