Defeating the ‘superbugs’: new inventions to kill drug-resistant disease 

In the battle against disease-causing microbes, the bugs now seem to be winning. Antibiotic drugs, which were once so good at eliminating bacterial infections of all kinds, are rapidly losing the ability to control disease, a problem that gets worse every year. Last month, the World Health Organization reported that across the planet, bacteria that resist standard antibiotics are now common in urinary tract infections, pneumonia and bloodstream infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that every year in the U.S., antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken 2 million people and kill 23,000. Gonorrhea was once a snap to cure, but some cases of this sexually transmitted infection are now caused by superbugs that defy every antibiotic we have. The advance of antibiotic resistance means that routine procedures like heart surgery or joint replacements could soon become dangerous, without reliable ways to prevent infection.

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Defeating the ‘superbugs’: new inventions to kill drug-resistant disease 

In the battle against disease-causing microbes, the bugs now seem to be winning. Antibiotic drugs, which were once so good at eliminating bacterial infections of all kinds, are rapidly losing the ability to control disease, a problem that gets worse every year. Last month, the World Health Organization reported that across the planet, bacteria that resist standard antibiotics are now common in urinary tract infections, pneumonia and bloodstream infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that every year in the U.S., antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken 2 million people and kill 23,000. Gonorrhea was once a snap to cure, but some cases of this sexually transmitted infection are now caused by superbugs that defy every antibiotic we have. The advance of antibiotic resistance means that routine procedures like heart surgery or joint replacements could soon become dangerous, without reliable ways to prevent infection.

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