FDA mulls speeding drug development for deadly ‘superbug’ antibiotic-resistant infections
The widespread misuse of antibiotics has triggered the evolution and spread of lethal multi-drug resistant bacteria — ‘superbugs’ — that are difficult to treat and have few remedies.
It’s really a frightening prospect that’s almost like something straight out of a sci-fi thriller.
Bacterial strains colonize the skin and membranes of your nose and remain benign but stealthy colonizers there until they come into contact with, maybe a surgical wound in a person who’s just had a transplant and who’s taking immunosuppressant to prevent the transplanted organ from being rejected.
Deadly flesh-eating superbug spreads in the UK? Hogwash, NHS says
Is there really such a thing as a new, deadly flesh-eating superbug that can be spread by coughing and sneezing? Should we worry? Can we prevent it?
Last week, British commuters were alarmed when a tabloid warned that coughing and sneezing on crowded trains and buses could spread a deadly “flesh-eating superbug.”
There is something about being “eaten alive” by bacteria, crawling unseen on your skin, that is so primitive and so sci-fi at the same time, it unleashes the primal fear in us.
Maybe this is why, on the rare occasion that the gruesome flesh-eating bacterial infection strikes, it creates a storm in cyberspace.
The Vatican has officially deemed as a miracle an American boy’s stunning recovery from a severe battle with a flesh-eating bacterial infection that nearly killed him in 2006. And the miracle is attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha who, if canonized, will become the Catholic Church’s first Native American saint.
Despite its innocuous name, the extreme dangers of the new street drug known as “bath salts” are just beginning to emerge, and doctors from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans have found a new menace.