Antibiotic-resistant organisms have been a concern among health experts for decades, with fewer antibiotics being developed by major pharmaceutical companies and the effectiveness of available drugs diminishing. Today, global health experts are sounding the alarm about antibiotic-resistant drugs in
Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the U.S., according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Symptoms of IBS include gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. It's such a sensitive issue, some doctors say it's the No. 1
A stubborn, hard-to-treat “super bug” causes more than 450,000 infections a year and is directly responsible for nearly 15,000 deaths in the United States, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed today. Clostridium difficile , or C. Diff, is a bacterial infection that
Dr. Richard Besser discusses the CDC report saying the bug is responsible for nearly 29,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
A woman became obese after a fecal transplant -- hinting at the complexity of how obesity works in the body, experts say. The unnamed woman weighed 136 pounds -- but gained 34 pounds over the next 16 months -- going from a healthy body mass index to an obese one, according to a case study published
There’s a growing list of superbugs that antibiotics are barely keeping up with — MRSA, C.difficile and tuberculosis — and some are even untreatable but a recent study has revealed that scientists may have have found new antibiotics to potentially save thousands of lives, in...
As bacteria and other pests evolve to evade medications, infections that were once easily cured with a few pills or creams can become chronic or even deadly. According to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, "Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched
Gonorrhea , a sexually transmitted disease once quickly cured by a bout of penicillin, is becoming increasingly resistant to typical treatments. But a new study suggests that prudent use of antibiotics could help keep super-gonorrhea at bay. "It gives us a glimmer of hope," Dr. William Schaffner,
A new superbug is on the rise in U.S. hospitals , according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The family of germs, dubbed CRE for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, evades some the strongest antibiotics, making infections almost untreatable. "Right now, these infections
Reported by Dr. Amish Patel: A 2-year-old beagle in the Netherlands has been trained to sniff out Clostridium difficile, a skill that could help doctors catch the deadly infection days before laboratory tests. Clostridium difficile infections often occur in people who are already taking ...