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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 23, 2019. 5 comments

The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

A common bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers and cancer has gotten increasingly harder to fend off, according to new preliminary research out this week. In Europe, it suggests, strains of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori have become more resistant to the first-line drugs used to kill it over the past 20 years, with resistance rates doubling for at least one antibiotic.

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 25, 2017. 16 comments

A Mutated Strain of ‘Super Malaria’ Is Spreading at an Alarming Rate

A Mutated Strain of ‘Super Malaria’ Is Spreading at an Alarming Rate

In a disturbing development, a newly-mutated strain of drug-resistant malaria has spread into Vietnam, complicating efforts to contain the the mosquito-borne virus in Southeast Asia, and potentially posing a global threat.

Like bacteria, malaria is adapting to our medicines. Drug resistance is a growing problem for malaria treatment, with fears that the disease could one day no longer be...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Sep 05, 2017. 7 comments

Chlorine Treatment Can Accelerate Antibiotic Resistance, Study Says

Chlorine Treatment Can Accelerate Antibiotic Resistance, Study Says

As anyone who's ever owned a pet fish or gone to a public swimming pool knows, chlorine is commonly used to disinfect water. Ironically, when it comes to sewage treatment, it may be doing just the opposite.

At wastewater treatment plants, chlorine is used to eliminate both harmful bacteria and pharmaceutical residues, including antibiotics. But research presented today at the annual...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Aug 19, 2017. 12 comments

You Shouldn't Freak Out About the Antibiotic Apocalypse

You Shouldn't Freak Out About the Antibiotic Apocalypse

A team of scientists has discovered agene that renders bacteria resistant to colistin , a so-called last-resort antibiotic doctors use when other drugs have failed. This is very bad news, and yes, it could usher in a post-antibiotic era—if we let it. But here’s why you shouldn’t panic just yet, and what you can do that would be far more productive.

It’s always the same story with antibiotic...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 18, 2017. 20 comments

Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global

Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global

Describing it as a “serious situation,” the World Health Organization has issued a grim warning about the dramatic rise of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea around the world. The agency is now calling for the quick development of drugs to treat the sexually transmitted disease.

Data collected from nearly 80 countries shows that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much tougher, and at times...

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