New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

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US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show... Read More

Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

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A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could... Read More

Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

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US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world’s most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough... Read More

Antibiotic 'link to bowel cancer precursor'

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People who take antibiotics for a long time are more likely to develop growths on the bowel which can be a precursor to cancer, a study suggests. Researchers say this... Read More

'Big cut' in antibiotic prescriptions

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GPs in England have “dramatically” reduced the number of antibiotics they give to patients, latest figures show. NHS Improvement says prescriptions for all types of antibiotic were down by more... Read More

Smart dressing 'cuts antibiotic use'

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Colour-changing dressing ‘fights antibiotic resistance’ 16 November 2015 From the section Health Image copyright Bath University Image caption The colour-changing dressing uses fluorescent dye to detect bacteria toxins in a... Read More

Rapid tests 'would cut antibiotic use'

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Rapid tests ‘would cut antibiotic use’ Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent 23 October 2015 From the section Health comments Image copyright Thinkstock Rapid diagnostic tests are urgently needed to help doctors... Read More

Fears grow over antibiotic resistance

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Fears grow over increased antibiotic resistance 16 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bacteria which are not killed off by antibiotics can cause... Read More

$2bn antibiotic research fund urged

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Call for $ 2bn global antibiotic research fund Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent 14 May 2015 From the section Health comments Some bacteria are becoming resistant to our best drugs The... Read More