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How much can antibiotic prescription rates be reduced through targeted interventions?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is when bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi become resistant to the drugs used to treat infections. This can occur either naturally, or because people overuse and misuse antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, which can speed up the development of resistance. AMR is... click to read more

  • Kyaw Zay Ya | PhD student at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Mark Lambiris | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Basel
  • Günther Fink | Professor  at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
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Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 11, 2023
Blocking protein folding to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are medicines that prevent and cure bacterial infections. They are essential for treating a wide variety of diseases and underpin much of modern healthcare, including cancer treatment, surgery, and organ transplants. Unfortunately, bacteria can develop the ability to survive antibiotic treatment. This is called antibiotic... click to read more

  • R. Christopher D. Furniss | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Science for Life Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nikol Kaderabkova | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  • Despoina A.I. Mavridou | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Biosciences and John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
Views 3825
Reading time 4 min
published on May 13, 2022
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in East and West London public settings

The discovery of antibiotics made many bacterial infections easily curable. However, today the world is facing a 'post-antibiotic era' crisis as bacteria are rapidly evolving new ways to resist antibiotics. Yearly, 700, 000 deaths are caused by bacterial infections that are untreatable with currently available... click to read more

  • Rory Cave | PhD student at University of East London, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Water Lane, London, UK
Views 5425
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 21, 2020
The antibacterial life of abandoned mines

The rapid worldwide rise in bacterial resistance to existing commercial antibiotics is a looming health crisis. Indeed, by the middle of the century, some predictions suggest that more people will die from bacterial infections than from cancer. There is a clear demand for new and... click to read more

  • Gerusa Senhorinho | Senior Research Scientist at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • John Ashley Scott | Professor at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Views 3239
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 9, 2019
Sleeping bacteria survive antibiotic treatment and hijack the host immune system

Since the 1940s, it has become easier to treat bacterial infections due to the discovery of antibiotics. These drugs work by corrupting active processes in bacteria, such as the ability to make DNA or proteins. By taking antibiotics when we are infected, we kill most... click to read more

  • Daphne Stapels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Peter Hill | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
Views 4751
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 6, 2019