UK scientists warn of 'catastrophic' impact of funding cuts
Loss of grants, driven by deep cuts to foreign aid, threatens research and international collaborationsSenior scientists fear that deep cuts to government research spending will have “catastrophic” consequences for the UK, with projects cancelled midway through and some of the brightest minds moving to other countries.Hundreds of research projects tackling issues from the Covid pandemic to antimicrobial resistance and the climate crisis are already being axed after the country ’s main science funder, UK Research and Innovation, told universities its budget for official development assistance (ODA) grants ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science policy Aid Global development Society UK news Politics Source Type: news

Environmental antimicrobial resistance driven by poorly managed urban wastewater
(Newcastle University) Pollution in rivers and canals from inadequately managed urban wastewater, rather than aquaculture, is driving environmental antimicrobial resistance, research carried out in Thailand has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: TB Testing in 2020 Dropped Drastically Due to Covid-19
[The Global Fund] On World Tuberculosis Day, new data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the fight against another deadly airborne disease: tuberculosis. Global Fund surveys in 13 countries with the highest TB burden in the world reveal that 29% fewer people were tested for TB compared to 2019. Worse, in those same countries, there were 45% fewer people tested for multidrug-resistant TB -- one of the most frightening forms of antimicrobial resistance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Covid won't be the last pandemic. Will we be better prepared for the next one? | Devi Sridhar
Whether it ’s a new virus or antimicrobial resistance, governments must build on the lessons of 2020 to defeat the next outbreakCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWouldn ’t it be wonderful if we never had to face another pandemic? As we reflect on the past year, the words that come to mind are “never again”. Never again should more than 120,000 lives be lost to a contagious virus, a number that would have been unthinkable almost a year ago, when government adv isers thought thatlosing 20,000 people would be a good outcome. Nor should we endure another year of lockdowns...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Devi Sridhar Tags: Coronavirus Science World news UK news Infectious diseases Source Type: news

The UK will never become a 'science superpower' if it's cutting research budgets | Jeremy Farrar
The government promised to increase funding for vital scientific R&D by 2.4% – but its target is already slippingEarlier this week, the government put science at the heart of its strategy for the UK ’s place in the world. In itsintegrated review, it argued that cutting-edge science and strong leadership from the UK could make a huge difference for humanity. Researchers in the UK could benefit both the UK and the wider world by working to solve global problems such as climate change, antimicrobial resistance and pandemics.This is completely right – scientists in the UK absolutely can do this. And I&rsq...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jeremy Farrar Tags: Research and development Science Politics UK news Research funding Foreign policy Source Type: news

UK scientists attack 'reckless' Tory cuts to international research
Projects tackling some of world ’s major problems – including the climate crisis – are set to be cancelled or cut back after budget cuts Hundreds of key research projects aimed at tackling some of the world ’s major problems – from antimicrobial resistance to the climate crisis – will have to be cancelled or cut back thanks to budget cuts imposed by the government.Last week, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) agency – which controls science funding in Britain – told universities that its budget for international development projects had been cut from £245m to £...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Science Research Climate change Budget 2021 Higher education UK news Universities Source Type: news

Deforestation favors an increase in the diversity of antibiotic-resistant soil bacteria
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Study suggests that replacing native vegetation with pasture or crops increases competition among microorganisms, favoring those with antimicrobial resistance genes. Brazilian scientists advocate more research to find out whether bacteria can migrate to food and reach human. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients
On top of everything else during this pandemic, drug-resistant infections are threatening the most vulnerable patients in COVID-19 ICUs New study by researchers at the University of Minnesota highlights the continuing need for microbiologists and clinical laboratories to stay alert for COVID-19 patients with drug-resistant infections. In their study, researchers highlighted CDC statistics about the […] The post During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 10, 2021 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AMR anatomic pathology antibiotic resistant bacteria antimicrobial resistance ARB CDC Center Source Type: news

Behaviour change and antimicrobial resistance in focus at Uppsala Health Summit
(Uppsala University) Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global threat to human and animal health. This year's Uppsala Health Summit, which will take place online on 15-18 March, will discuss how behaviour change across various sectors of society can slow down this worrying trend. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Diphtheria risks becoming major global threat again as it evolves antimicrobial resistance
(University of Cambridge) Diphtheria - a relatively easily-preventable infection - is evolving to become resistant to a number of classes of antibiotics and in future could lead to vaccine escape, warn an international team of researchers from the UK and India. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ICYMI: Report provides actional recommendations to strengthen America ’s preparedness and future health crises response
As America ’s biopharmaceutical researchers continue working around the clock to fight COVID-19, leaders in the health care ecosystem have come together to provide recommendations to strengthen America’s preparedness and future health care crises response. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jocelyn Ulrich Tags: Coronavirus Antimicrobial Resistance Pandemic Preparedness Source Type: news

ICYMI: Report provides actionable recommendations to strengthen America ’s preparedness and future health crises response
As America ’s biopharmaceutical researchers continue working around the clock to fight COVID-19, leaders in the health care ecosystem have come together to provide recommendations to strengthen America’s preparedness and future health care crises response. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jocelyn Ulrich Tags: Coronavirus Antimicrobial Resistance Pandemic Preparedness Source Type: news

Organization of antibiotic stewardship in Europe: the way to go, Wiener medizinische Wochenschrift 171(Suppl 1): 4-8
It is more than two decades ago that a European Union conference on " The Microbial Threat " hosted by the Danish Government in Copenhagen in September 1998 issued recommendations to encourage good practice in the use of antimicrobial agents and reduce inappropriate prescribing. Essential components of those recommendations were antimicrobial teams in hospitals and the use of feedback to prescribers as well as educational activities. Two decades later, important surveillance systems on both antimicrobial resistance as well as on antibiotic consumption are functioning at the European level and in most European cou...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance up in animals raised for human consumption, warns study
(Natural News) A recent study published in Science warns that antibiotic resistance in animals is on the rise. To note, this occurrence is seen in livestock from developing countries – with chicken and pigs showing a marked increase in antibiotic resistance. In particular, the authors noted that antimicrobial resistance in bacteria found in livestock grown in low to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The next pandemic? It may already be upon us | Laura Spinney
Antimicrobial resistance won ’t race across the world like Covid-19, but its effects will be devastating. Thankfully, we already know what we need to do to defeat itCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWouldn ’t it be wonderful if there were a silver lining to this pandemic? If history is anything to go by there may actually turn out to be a number of them, though we can’t quite see them yet, but here’s one that is just beginning to gleam. In the words of Prof Kevin Outterson: “Today, people unde rstand the social disruption from an untreatable infection.” Ou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Infectious diseases Antibiotics Coronavirus Medical research Microbiology Science Society World news UK news Source Type: news

Eritrea: Honorable Ministers Signing Ceremony On the 5-Year National Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance
[WHO] The 5-year Eritrean National Action Plan (NAP) on combating Antimicrobial Resistance, 2021 - 2026, developed jointly with MOH, line ministries, and WHO was officially signed by the honorable Ministers on 28th December 2020, reiterating their commitment for implementation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Disinfection spreads antimicrobial resistance
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - January 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lu, J., Guo, J. Tags: letters Source Type: news

Host succinate is an activation signal for Salmonella virulence during intracellular infection
Key to the success of intracellular pathogens is the ability to sense and respond to a changing host cell environment. Macrophages exposed to microbial products undergo metabolic changes that drive inflammatory responses. However, the role of macrophage metabolic reprogramming in bacterial adaptation to the intracellular environment has not been explored. Here, using metabolic profiling and dual RNA sequencing, we show that succinate accumulation in macrophages is sensed by intracellular Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Tm) to promote antimicrobial resistance and type III secretion. S. Tm lacking the succinate uptake transporter...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rosenberg, G., Yehezkel, D., Hoffman, D., Mattioli, C. C., Fremder, M., Ben-Arosh, H., Vainman, L., Nissani, N., Hen-Avivi, S., Brenner, S., Itkin, M., Malitsky, S., Ohana, E., Ben-Moshe, N. B., Avraham, R. Tags: Immunology, Microbiology reports Source Type: news

How to optimise duration of antibiotic treatment in patients with sepsis? BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 371: m4357.
Antibiotics represent the cornerstone of treatment. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) consensus guidelines recommend treatment for 7 to 10 days, but this is a weak recommendation. Use of antibiotics risks the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic-associated infections, such as Clostridiodes difficile. Patients may suffer from toxic effects of the drugs. Balancing the need to treat severe infections effectively against the risks of overuse of antibiotics is central to the principle of antibiotic stewardship. For severe covid-19, antibiotic stewardship remains important for critically ill patients with pneum...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wistar reports new class of antibiotics active against a wide range of bacteria
(The Wistar Institute) Wistar Institute scientists have discovered a new class of compounds that uniquely combine direct antibiotic killing of pan drug-resistant bacterial pathogens with a simultaneous rapid immune response for combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). These finding were published today inNature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance could be more challenging outside of the EU
(Microbiology Society) In a new policy report from the Microbiology Society, experts from around the UK explain the desperate need for long-term and ambitious funding for surveillance and research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Antimicrobial Resistance Threat to Grow If Not Tackled in a Holistic Manner
[WHO] There is growing evidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Zimbabwe. A study conducted by local epidemiologists following the 2018 cholera outbreak concluded that there had been high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the usual antibiotics. The latter, has been a result of Zimbabweans abusing antibiotics due to unregulated consumption and not completing the full course when prescribed by the doctors. Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stop misusing antibiotic (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Insecure livelihoods hindering efforts to combat anti-microbial resistance globally
(University of Warwick) Patients living in precarious circumstances are less likely to use antibiotics appropriately according to a new study from the University of Warwick, suggesting that efforts to improve conditions for those with little security in their livelihoods could have an unexpected benefit in helping to tackle antimicrobial resistance globally. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Free webinar: Advancing the AMR agenda during COVID-19
(International Vaccine Institute) The International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS), and the Embassy of Denmark in Korea will co-host a free webinar to share strategic reflections and insights for advancing national prevention/control policies and plans against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Covid -19, misinformation, and antimicrobial resistance, BMJ
Article highlights a US study that found 71% of covid-19 patients received antibiotics while only 4% had true bacterial coinfection. It concludes strategies are needed to counter the detrimental effect of misinformation on the use of antimicrobials. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance – WHO chief 
More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) Report 2019 to 2020
Annual report shows there were an estimated 65,162 antimicrobial resistance infections diagnosed in 2019, up from 61,946 in 2018. E. coli remains the most common bloodstream infection, rising 14% in 2015 to 77.5 in 2019, which is a significant concern. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New antibiotic-resistant infections rise
Antimicrobial resistance remains a serious threat to the health of people in England, with 178 AMR infections diagnosed each day, according to a PHE report. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective – UN agriculture agency
People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections – even with the best medicines available – due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Biomarkers for antimicrobial stewardship: a reappraisal in COVID-19 times?
On initial presentation, differentiation between earlystage coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19) and classical bacterial community-acquired pneumonia can be challenging. Furthermore, COVID-19 patients may develop a hyperinflammatory phase later in their disease process, which is particularly difficult to distinguish from a secondary bacterial infection. As a consequence, 72% of COVID-19 patients receive empirical antibiotic therapy during hospital stay. Antibiotic overuse undoubtedly leads to an exacerbation of another —slowly progressive—pandemic: antimicrobial resistance. Procalcitonin (PCT) has proven useful i...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: International and African Organizations Join Together to Fight Antimicrobial Drug Resistance
[Nigeria Health Watch] With antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatening development and health in Africa, six international and continental organizations are launching the first partnership of its kind to combat this public health crisis on the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: 18 – 24 November 2020
World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance by improving awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dairy cows exposed to heavy metals worsen antibiotic-resistant pathogen crisis
(Penn State) Dairy cows, exposed for a few years to drinking water contaminated with heavy metals, carry more pathogens loaded with antimicrobial-resistance genes able to tolerate and survive various antibiotics. That's the finding of a team of researchers that conducted a study of two dairy herds in Brazil four years after a dam holding mining waste ruptured, and it spotlights a threat to human health, the researchers contend. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Qualitative analysis of views on urinary infections in pregnancy and antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a health risk as it can lead to life-threatening infections. There has been a rise in resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs) which is the most common infection in pregnancy. This can be challenging in pregnancy due to the additional need to safeguard foetal development. The study's aim was to explore views about AMR in women who experienced UTIs in pregnancy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Free online course- This online course will explore the growing problem of antimicrobial-resistant infections in health and social care settings. The course will enable you to understand why effective infection control measures will allow us to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistant infections. It will also offer practical guidance on how to protect patients, clients and residents from acquiring healthcare-associated infections. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Without Good Public Health Strategy, The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Make Antimicrobial Resistance Worse
Dr. Rodney Rohde, a virologist and clinical laboratory expert, explains how the Covid-19 pandemic can make antimicrobial resistance a bigger problem if health systems aren ’t careful. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rodney Rohde, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus Source Type: news

'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific, scientist warns
Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in FijiThe emergence ofantimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Aus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sheldon Chanel in Suva and Ben Doherty Pacific editor Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Fiji Pacific islands Asia Pacific Source Type: news

This'Slowly Evolving Crisis' Needs Attention This'Slowly Evolving Crisis' Needs Attention
Antimicrobial resistance, stewardship, and research and development must remain top of mind, says Dr Paul Auwaerter.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - August 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Evidence for action: a One Health learning platform on interventions to tackle antimicrobial resistance, The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Within efforts to strengthen global governance of antimicrobial resistance, this Personal view calls for the creation of a platform that will synthesise the evidence for actions on antimicrobial resistance into a fully accessible database, that generates new scientific insights. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating COVID-19 could lead to increased antimicrobial resistance
(University of Plymouth) Research led by the University of Plymouth suggests the increased use of antibiotics in the treatment of COVID-19 patients could be placing an additional burden on waste water treatment works, particularly those serving large or emergency hospitals (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Honey May Be Better At Treating Coughs, Colds Than Over-The-Counter Medicines
(CNN) — Honey may be a better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines, a new study has found. Researchers said honey was more effective in relieving the symptoms of cold and flu-like illnesses than the usual commercial remedies, and could provide a safer, cheaper and more readily available alternative to antibiotics. They encouraged doctors to consider recommending it to patients in place of prescribing antibiotics, which can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance when overused. Honey has long been used as a home remedy for coughs, but its effectiveness in treating common illnesse...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Source Type: news

C-CAMP kicks off programme for antimicrobial resistance innovations
The programme, which was announced at the Grand Finale of the C-CAMP AMR Quest held in July 2020, has been kicked off with six innovators in therapeutics and diagnostics. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Begins Work on FY 2021 Appropriations
Over the past two weeks, the House Appropriations Committee has swiftly advanced all twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2021. These bills will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. The Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) spending measure would provide $8.55 billion to the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is $270 million increase from FY 2020. The President proposed a 6 percent cut for the science agency for FY 2021. Research and related activities within NSF, which includes the Biological Sciences Directorate, would receive grow by $230 million to $6.97 billion in FY 2021. Under t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance is the next battle
Covid-19 is a warning that we must develop drugs to treat future threats (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New initiative to bridge the gap on antimicrobial innovation
Today, more than 20 leading biopharmaceutical companies are launching theAMR Action Fund, a ground-breaking partnership to invest nearly $1 billion to ensure a robust and diverse pipeline of new medicines to treat drug-resistant infections. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Coronavirus Antimicrobial Resistance Source Type: news

Stop TB Partnership and Johnson & Johnson, with support from USAID and The Global Fund, Announce Price Reduction for SIRTURO ® (bedaquiline) for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 6 JULY 2020 – The Stop TB Partnership and Johnson & Johnson – with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – today announced joint efforts to help enable low- and middle-income countries to rapidly scale up use of SIRTURO® (bedaquiline) 100mg tablets in support of new, recently-released World Health Organization (WHO) treatment guidelines. Effective immediately, Johnson & Johnson will make bedaquiline available to Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF) at a price of USD$340 per si...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Rethink Food Security and Nutrition Following Covid-19 Pandemic
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan MudaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 2 2020 (IPS) The Covid-19 crisis has had several unexpected effects, including renewed attention to food security concerns. Earlier understandings of food security in terms of production self-sufficiency have given way to importing supplies since late 20th century promotion of trade liberalization. Jomo Kwame SundaramTransnational food business Disruption of transnational food supply chains and the devastation of many vulnerable livelihoods by policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have revived interest in earlier understandings of food self-sufficien...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Benefits of prolonged infusion of beta-lactam antibiotics in patients with sepsis: personal perspectives
INTRODUCTION: In the current era of relatively scarce antibiotic production and significant levels of antimicrobial resistance, optimization of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotic therapy is mandatory. Prolonged infusion of beta-lactam antibiotics in comparison to the intermittent infusion has the theoretical advantage of better patient outcomes. Apparently, conflicting data in the literature possibly underestimate the benefits of prolonged infusion of antibiotic treatment. AREAS COVERED: We provide our perspective on the subject based on our experience and by critically evaluating literature data. EXPERT O...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Detection of Ciprofloxacin-Resistant, β-Lactamase-Producing Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup Y Isolates - United States, 2019-2020
This report describes a novel, antibiotic-resistant strain of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria that has been detected in the United States. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 18, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Resistance MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Meningococcal Disease Source Type: news

Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
Which bacteria are considered the most threatening resistant organisms in the U.S.? Learn about their mechanisms of resistance and new antibiotics to combat them in this review.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news