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Antibiotics

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are everywhere

Nasty superbugs – bacteria resistant to nearly every antibiotic – are not just found in chicken fillets. They can be anywhere, from your kitchen counter to the local creek. There’s no way to know if you're carrying them around inside you, either. Not until you're in trouble.

Fast method for determining antibiotic resistance

Swedish researchers have come up with a new and quick way of determining a bacteria’s susceptibility to antibiotics.

The Black Death bacteria continues to kill

It took almost six months for researchers to get permission from the FBI to study the plague bacteria that, in its time, killed half of Norway’s population. Now, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria has been found.

Dangerous use of antibiotics rises

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics at Norwegian hospitals rose by 20 percent from 2006 to 2011.

Antibiotic use during pregnancy doesn’t increase asthma risk

Using antibiotics during pregnancy will not increase child's risk of developing asthma, reveals new study. Instead, a weak immune system seems to be the culprit.

Antipsychotic drug fights resistant bacteria

Studies have shown how the antipsychotic drug Thioridazine can make unusable antibiotics effective again.

New study completes mapping of our gut bacteria

Discovery could give a better understanding of a variety of diseases and conditions and lead to the development of new antibiotics.

Enzyme discovery offers hope of a new generation of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is one of our time's gravest threats. New research on cell division offers hope of developing a new generation of antibiotics that can meet the challenge.

What are the major challenges to modern medicine?

Modern technology has revolutionised health sciences and people are living longer than ever. At the same time, more and more are becoming seriously ill.

On the hunt for new antibiotics

An increasing number of life-threatening bacteria are becoming multi-resistant. Scientists from Norway and Denmark have united in their mission to outsmart the pathogens.