drug resistance

People in the United States are misusing antibiotics, study says

Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial and fungal infections, but some people in the United States are using antibiotics without a doctor's prescription. That's a public health problem that can increase drug resistance and make it harder to treat infections, according to a study published this week in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medi

Genetically modified virus saves teen's life

Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway, 17, has faced not one but two unrelenting threats to her life. Diagnosed at 11 months of age with cystic fibrosis, the progressive genetic disease that causes lung infections and breathing impairment, Isabelle has also combated an on-again, off-again infection caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria since age 8.

Superbugs' threat as big 'as climate change and warfare'

Drug-resistant superbugs are as big a threat to the world as climate change or wars, Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned during a speech at Davos in which he unveiled a five-year action plan for the UK, and a 20-year vision, to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance by 2040.