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John Weldon gave his ex-girlfriend a drug he believed would cause her to miscarry

Simon Richardson had drug-resistant TB

UK risks time bomb of untreatable TB as number of drug-resistant cases rises rapidly

Doctors warn virulent strain of lung disease could get out of control

Amoxicillin, the commonest antibiotic prescribed by GPs

800 samples showed antibiotic resistance last year, says agency as it backs Chief Medical Officer's warning

Drastic warnings from the Government’s Chief Medical Officer about the coming threat from antibiotic-resistant bacteria were echoed today by the Health Protection Agency.

Resistance to antibiotics is 'ticking time bomb' - stark warning from Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

Britain's health system could slip back by 200 years unless the "catastrophic threat" of antibiotic resistance is successfully tackled, the Government's Chief Medical Officer warns today.

Amoxicillin, the commonest antibiotic prescribed by GPs

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies: Resistance to antibiotics risks health 'catastrophe' to rank with terrorism and climate change

Britain's health system could slip back by 200 years unless the "catastrophic threat" of antibiotic resistance is successfully tackled, the Government's Chief Medical Officer warns today.

Need for fresh research to combat superbugs

A radical new approach in needed urgently to counter the growing threat posed by superbugs resistant to antibiotics, experts have warned.

Experts say there is no risk of MRSA infection to consumers of milk or dairy products so long as the milk is pasteurised

New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply

Research reveals that antibiotic-resistant organisms are gaining a hold on dairy industry

The Kindle Fire

E-readers... and the value of a real book

David Phelan confesses to preferring analogue to digital when it comes to books

More than 2,000 adults with chest infections who were randomly assigned to receive either amoxicillin, the commonest antibiotic prescribed by GPs, or a placebo

Antibiotics no more effective at relieving coughs and colds than a sugar pill

Those taking antibiotics in study reported more side effects including rash, nausea and diarrhoea

Cliff the Beagle: He has an 83 per cent success rate at sniffing out patients with C Difficile

Dr Dog: How beagle Cliff can sniff C. Diff (video)

He has 83pc success rate in sniffing out hospital superbug after only two months' training

Very novel: Which e-reader is right for you?

There’s no doubting the convenience and simplicity of the e-book reader (though for an alternative point of view, and why you should be reading real books, read this.)

Study shows hospital antibiotics gave rise to spread of superbug

Widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals triggered the emergence of two resistant strains of the Clostridium superbug which has killed thousands of people worldwide over the past two decades, a study has shown.

The bacterium Clostridium difficile takes over the gut of patients taking antibiotics, causing severe bowel problems and even death

Overuse of hospital antibiotics led to deadly superbug outbreak

Global epidemic of C. difficile that killed thousands were caused by two separate strains

Think the humble house spider is harmless? Think again: woman nearly dies after spider bite

Natalie Hemme suffered a rare allergic reaction after being bitten on the wrist by a house spider

Paying hospitals a bonus for providing best patient care saves 900 lives in 18 months

Almost 900 lives have been saved in 18 months among patients suffering from heart conditions and infections in one area of England by paying bonuses to hospitals that provided the best care to patients.

US porn filming halted by outbreak of syphilis

A porn industry trade group has announced a US moratorium on production of adult sex films after several reported cases of syphilis among actors, adding to the pressure on porn producers to require the use of condoms on sets.

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