When you go to the doctor with a sickness you can’t seem to shake, the first thing they will usually try to figure out is if they’re dealing with a bacterial or viral infection. Bacterial infections usually require treatment with antibiotics, but prescribing them unnecessarily … [Read more...] about Virus or bacteria? This test aims to tell in minutes
Argentina made history this past week as the first country in the world to ban salmon farming due to concerns about sustainability and its impact on natural ecosystems. Salmon farms (and fish farms in general) spread parasites such as sea lice among each other and to wild … [Read more...] about Argentina is first country to ban salmon farming over sustainability concerns
Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing challenge for the medical community, but choosing effective antibiotics right off the bat can reduce the growth of these bacteria and help patients recover more quickly from illness. Fortunately, researchers from universities and hospitals … [Read more...] about New technique speeds up infection treatment and fights drug-resistant bacteria
The first naturally-occurring bacteria killer, penicillin, was discovered nearly a century ago and with it came the advent of a new class of medicines: antibiotics. Bacterial infections were the leading cause of death at the time, and the new drugs gave doctors a way to combat … [Read more...] about Could “antivitamins” be the cure to antibiotic resistance?
If it feels like you’re hearing about antimicrobial resistance more often these days, that’s because it is a growing problem that threatens to get worse if nothing is done about it (sounds like climate change). Antimicrobial resistance refers to the fact that bacteria are … [Read more...] about Why there’s real hope for humans in the fight against antimicrobial resistance