Are giant pandas the latest weapon against superbugs? Scientists discover powerful antibiotic in their blood

Are giant pandas the latest weapon against superbugs Scientists discover powerful antibiotic in their blood Scientists find that substance produced by pandas killed bacteria in less than an hour, while other antibiotics took more than six hoursPlans to develop the antibiotic either as a new drug to fight superbugs or as an antiseptic for cleaning surfaces and utensils | UPDATED: 17:37 GMT, 31 December 2012 Scientists have discovered a powerful antibiotic in the blood stream of giant pandas that can destroy fungi and bacteria.

Ditch the minty toothpaste and try coconut oil instead: Fruit can kill bug behind tooth decay

Ditch the minty toothpaste and try coconut oil instead: Fruit can kill bug behind tooth decayResearch paves way for toothpastes and mouthwashes containing coconut as an ingredient | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 2 September 2012 One too many Bounty chocolate bars could leave you in need of a trip to the dreaded dentist.

Deadly strain of MRSA now resistant to a last-line antibiotic used to treat infections

Deadly strain of MRSA now resistant to a last-line antibiotic used to treat infections | UPDATED: 03:00 GMT, 22 May 2012 A deadly strain of a hospital superbug has become resistant to a last-line antibiotic used to treat infections, scientists have warned.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in ancient cave could create new drugs

Discovery of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ancient cave could lead to cure for superbugs Bugs hidden from outside world for four million yearsResistance believed to be result of over use of drugs But this discovery shows it is 'hard-wired' in nature | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 12 April 2012 Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cut off from the outside world for more than four million years have been found in a deep cave.

Timebomb of "impossible to treat" diseases in UK as experts see a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections

Timebomb of 'impossible to treat' diseases in UK as experts see a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections Country could see 'massive' rise of drug-resistant bacteriaAntibiotic-resistance medicine's equivalent of climate change A rise in antibiotic-resistant blood poisoning – caused by the E.coli bacteria – is posing such a huge risk that experts fear the country could be facing a timebomb of diseases that are impossible to treat.

Unnecessary prescriptions are costing NHS more than 8MILLION a year

Unnecessary prescriptions 'are costing NHS more than 8MILLION a year' Reducing unnecessary prescriptions could help battle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance Scientists from Cardiff University found GPs were over-prescribing antibiotics, which could be tackled with training Unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics could be costing GP practices as much as 8.4million a year, according to a new study.

Our fatter children need more penicillin because doses were worked out for a thinner generation

Why fatter children need more penicillin: Doses were worked out for a thinner generation Growing problem: Children are now up to 20 per cent heavier than when guidelines on penicillin doses were worked out The obesity epidemic in children could be cutting the effectiveness of penicillin treatment – because the doses were worked out for a slimmer generation. Guidelines have remained unchanged for almost 50 years, but children are now up to 20 per cent heavier