How Scientists Will Find Your Next Antibiotic in this Pile of Dirt

Nearly a century after scientists dug up penicillin, researchers are turning once more to the soil for new pharmaceuticals. But this time, they have tiny, powerful technologies on their side. Here's how scientists are unlocking the secrets of soil microbes and discovering the next generation of medicine. » 3/13/15 1:22pm 3/13/15 1:22pm

A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics finds children are being prescribed antibiotics almost twice as often as needed. According to the study authors, that adds up to an estimated 11.4 million potentially unnecessary antimicrobial prescriptions a year. » 9/18/14 9:20am 9/18/14 9:20am

CDC warns untreatable gonorrhea could spread like wildfire

There have been lots of warnings that gonorrhea is becoming untreatable, but now a new study gives a glimpse of what could happen if the last treatment option fails. And it's not looking good. » 3/14/14 11:41am 3/14/14 11:41am

The world's most isolated cave is home to 4 million year old "superbugs"

Lechuguilla Cave has been completely isolated from the outside world for over four million years, making it one of the world's most pristine ecosystems. And yet it's full of bacteria that are resistant to modern antibiotics. This is fantastic news. » 4/12/12 5:00pm 4/12/12 5:00pm

Levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on meat are on the rise

Are you in the mood for a hair-raising read? Try sitting down with a copy of "The 2010 Retail Meat Report." Issued a few days ago as part of FDA's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring system, the status update is packed with information on antibiotic-resistant foodborne organisms and where (i.e. what kinds of… » 3/06/12 1:48pm 3/06/12 1:48pm

Gonorrhea is becoming untreatable

Gonorrhea is the second-most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States. But no biggie, right? It's not like it's HIV or herpes — you know, one of those STDs that sticks with you for life. Just pop some antibiotics and you're good to go, right? » 2/09/12 6:20am 2/09/12 6:20am

Resistance to antibiotics is 30,000 years older than the drugs…

Antibiotics are one of the greatest breakthroughs of modern medicine, giving us a crucial weapon in the fight against infectious bacteria, but recently we've seen the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Now it seems this is a surprisingly ancient phenomenon. » 9/01/11 2:00pm 9/01/11 2:00pm