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A study in Nature finds that anti-inflammatories can lessen the antibiotic dose needed to clear infections in mice.

Research in Applied and Environmental Microbiology finds high levels of antimicrobial resistance in freshwater bacterial communities.

Sunday is World Veterinary Day, and its theme is antimicrobial resistance.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology characterizes strains of C. difficile in swine in Ohio and North Carolina.

A CDC morbidity and mortality weekly report (MMWR) describes the seasonal influenza and MRSA co-infections that killed several members of a Maryland family earlier this year.

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association links infections to heart devices.

Research presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting suggests that patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia may need fewer antibiotics than once thought.

Kevin Outterson of The Incidental Economist explains provisions in the draft Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) to study the effects of prizes on antibiotic development in the United States.

Why do some superbugs evade detection?  Nature News looks at the limitations of commercial testing kits.

Former U.S. senator Bill Frist gives five reasons why the U.S. should continue to invest in global health.

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