Do Minutes Count in the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance?
Abbott claims its point-of-care ID NOW testing platform offers the fastest-ever time to influenza A and B test results. Formerly called Alere i, ID Now can provide results in 13 minutes or less, with positive results available in about five minutes. Dr. Norman Moore, Abbott’s director of scientific affairs for infectious diseases, believes such a rapid result could help fight antimicrobial resistance. “Point-of-care testing enables clinicians to make more confident and informed treatment decisions during a single patient visit. Within minutes of administering a flu test, clinicians will ...
Source: MDDI - October 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Phage Therapy Offers Lifeline for Antimicrobial Resistance
(MedPage Today) -- Collaborative effort saves patient with multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

World leaders to take part in crisis simulation of AMR pandemic
G20 leaders have taken part in a fictional drug-resistant E. Coli pandemic, as part of an international effort to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS to partner with Commonwealth nations to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
This news story outlines how the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care's Fleming Fund, will send up to 12 volunteer NHS pharmacists and specialist nurses to Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to work with local health workers against AMR. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antimicrobial Resistance Takes Center Stage at IDWeek in San Francisco
(MedPage Today) -- Meeting more comprehensive, with record number of abstract submissions (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Information Session on the UN Inter Agency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, A very warm welcome to WHO. It ’s great to have you here as always. As you know, this is a very important subject matter to all of us. I’m glad that we are fighting AMR together. (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject] Source Type: news

UK public health antimicrobial resistance alerts
These Antimicrobial resistance alerts (ARAs) inform microbiologists of emerging antimicrobial-resistant pathogen strains which could spread in the UK health service. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HHS' Azar Kicks Off Global Effort to Fight Antibiotic Resistance HHS' Azar Kicks Off Global Effort to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
HHS and the CDC have launched the yearlong Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge, calling it"the most ambitious global initiative to date to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance."Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA: Here Is The 2019 Strategic Approach To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined these 4 general strategic approaches to address the problems of increasing antimicrobial resistance and a lack of new antibiotics being developed. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Using viruses to fight resistant bacteria
(Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health) Dr. Li Deng of Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen has been awarded a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). The scientist intends to tackle antimicrobial resistance by fighting bacteria with their natural enemies -- the viruses. The grant is endowed with nearly 1.5 million euros for five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

10-year study of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections in the US
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A 10-year investigation evaluating data from four surveillance systems captured information on the geographic distribution of outbreaks of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections in the US, who is at greatest risk, the rate of antimicrobial resistance of Newport infections, and how often antimicrobial resistance may be linked to an environmental cause of infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Good governance, clean water, & sanitation necessary to curb global antibiotic resistance
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) An international team of researchers has published a new study showing that the proliferation of disease-causing antibiotic resistant organisms is correlated with many social and environmental factors such as poor sanitation, unsafe water, and higher incomes. The study, which was based on economic and public health data from 73 countries, found that better infrastructure and better governance were significantly associated with lower measures of antimicrobial resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Low antibiotic concentration is enough to increase antimicrobial resistance
(University of Helsinki) Existing antimicrobial resistance may become increasingly prevalent on its own -- with no interference from antibiotics -- in compact bacterial communities known as biofilms, or when protozoa hunt bacteria for food. Even weak antibiotic concentrations are sufficient to cause a rise in the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial populations cultured in laboratory conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Daily low-dose antibiotics halve urinary tract infections in people who self-catheterise
This NIHR Signal outlines a trial which randomised 404 adults in the UK who perform the procedure for a variety of reasons to either daily oral low-dose antibiotics or no prophylaxis. All had a recent history of urinary tract infection. It concludes that although prophylactic antibiotics halved infection rates, it increased antimicrobial resistance compared with the control group who took short courses of antibiotics for each infection. This has implications for the individual and wider population. As overall reported health status was similar between the two groups, it is unclear if this reduction in infection is sufficie...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CC Grand Rounds: Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: 1) National Strategies to Track and Improve Antibiotic Use and 2) Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance on Patient Outcome through a Big Data Lens
September 26, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antimicrobial Resistance and Immunisation
This report describes the role for immunisation in tackling AMR, both globally and in the UK, the use of existing vaccines and how vaccine development aligns with public health priorities.   (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ESCMID/ASM Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018Year: 2018Location: Lisbon, PortugalContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 26, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: BethBradshaw Source Type: news

Nebraska, Iowa State to lead new institute to fight antimicrobial resistance
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University will lead new institute, announced July 26 by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Protease inhibitors may increase risk of death in people with HIV and heart failure
Ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors associated with doubled risk of hospital readmission and cardiovascular death Related items fromOnMedica Stroke rate higher in HIV patients £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver Ibuprofen not a safe alternative to antibiotics for uncomplicated UTIs Too few women take part in many CVD clinical trials (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

IMI Launches New Antimicrobial Resistance Accelerator Programme as Part of Latest Calls for Proposals
A new Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Accelerator Programme is part of new Calls for proposals launched today by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). Of the other topics launched in the Calls, many address brain disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, major depression) and immune-mediated diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and lupus as well as inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and colitis, and skin diseases like dermatitis and psoriasis). (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Open Calls Source Type: news

£ 10 million research competition launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance
This news story gives details about the competition, which aims to encourage the development of innovative scientific approaches to stopping antimicrobial resistance and to infection control and prevention. The £ 10 million will be made available in research grants funded through a Small Business Research Initiative. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

£10 million research competition launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The competition aims to encourage the development of innovative scientific approaches to stopping antimicrobial resistance and for infection control and prevention. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD
Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should limit use of antibiotics for COPD, says draft NICE guidance
GPs have been urged to limit prescribing of antibiotics to prevent or treat COPD exacerbations, in draft NICE advice that highlights risks around effectiveness and antimicrobial resistance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD, says NICE
Antimicrobial resistance to be factored into decisions Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotic scrip rates lower in CAM-trained practices Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women NICE rejects adjuvant use of breast cancer drug (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Bristol Veterinary School ’ s AMR Force wins Antibiotic Guardian Award
Bristol Veterinary School ’ s AMR Force research group has won a prestigious award at this year ’ s Antibiotic Guardian Awards in recognition of the group ’ s achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - July 4, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: ; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Liberia:NPHIL Boss Calls On Pharmacists
[NEWS] The Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia - NPHIL, Tolbert Nyenswah has called on Pharmacists in the country to join the campaign on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Resisting Antimicrobial Resistance
[Ethiopian Herald] Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the resistance of a microorganism (bacterium, fungus, virus, or parasite) to a drug that was originally effective in treating infections caused by that microorganism. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Drug resistance likened to a slow-moving tsunami
The number of Canadians who die from drug resistance is a glaring unknown and surveillance is severely limited 20 years after infectious disease specialists sounded the alarm about antimicrobial resistance. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

LSTM led consortium awarded £ 3 million to study the impact of human behavior on AMR
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) An LSTM led consortium called DRUM (Drivers of Resistance in Uganda and Malawi) has been awarded £ 3 million to investigate the way in which human behaviour drives the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

“Just-in-case” drugs are encouraging antimicrobial resistance
Travelers carrying standby antibiotics take them more often than those traveling without such drugs, says a recent study carried out jointly by the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University Hospital, and the Aava Travel Clinic. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

EU Backs Plan to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance EU Backs Plan to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
EU member states backed a plan on Wednesday to combat antimicrobial resistance, an increasing global health issue, that would reduce the use of antibiotics in the food chain and limit certain drugs to humans.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

EU backs plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU member states backed a plan on Wednesday to combat antimicrobial resistance, an increasing global health issue, that would reduce the use of antibiotics in the food chain and limit certain drugs to humans. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

IDSA Video Conference Reporter: ASM Microbe
(MedPage Today) -- Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance, Prosthetic Joint Infection, Challenges for Foodborne Outbreaks, Advancements in Maternal-Child Health Research (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Introducing the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Pathogen Detection Isolates Browser
National Library of Medicine [National Institutes of Health]. 03/21/2018 This 31-minute webinar discusses how to search for pathogen isolates, identify closely related isolates of interest, and find pathogens encoding particular antimicrobial resistance genes. The National Center for Biotechnology Informatio (NCBI) Pathogen Detection Project was created to use whole genome sequencing data for food-borne disease surveillance. Pathogens isolated from patients, food, and environmental samples, from state, federal, and other labs, are sequenced, and the data submitted in real time to NCBI. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Interview: The European Union's agenda for antimicrobial resistance
(Health Affairs) In an interview with Health Affairs editor-in-chief Alan Weil, Xavier Prats Monn é , director-general for health and food safety of the European Commission (pictured below), shares the European Union (EU) action plan for promoting antibiotic stewardship and addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which he calls an urgent public health challenge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Addressing the antibiotics crisis | Letters
Greater investment in early-stage drug research and market-entry rewards are essential, saysAnthony McDonnellI read with interest your article (Antibiotics crisis made worse by shortages in supply, 1 June) on the Access to Medicine Foundation report into this topic. Its excellent report highlights an important problem. A failing supply chain along with a lack of investment in new antibiotics is already causing major health problems across the world, and this will only get worse. However, I fear your article missed part of the story. Over the past few years the UK independentReview on Antimicrobial Resistance (on which I wo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Antibiotics Science Medical research Health Society European Union Brexit Article 50 UK news Foreign policy Politics David Cameron Source Type: news

£ 30 million of funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance
This news story states that funding includes: £ 20m to Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator; £ 5m for new partnership with Argentina; £ 5m invested in Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics; and £ 1m in Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance
EU-funded researchers have shown how nanoparticles can deliver drugs directly to the site of an infection. This preclinical research promises more effective treatments and the prospect of bypassing the threat of antimicrobial resistance. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 29, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Collaboration Needed to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to human health throughout the world, warns Gary Cohen, executive vice president of global health for BD. “There is an increasing risk of going back to the pre-antibiotic era,” he told MD+DI. “Resistance is not a new issue—it is just a bigger problem, at an accelerated pace. Because antibiotics have been overprescribed for humans as well as overused in food production, antimicrobial resistance is not just a theoretical threat.” Everyone needs to play a role, including diagnostics manufacturers and even medical device innovators, he ...
Source: MDDI - May 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Complementing conventional antibiotics
(Goethe University Frankfurt) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major medical problem worldwide, impacting both human health and economic well-being. A new strategy for fighting bacteria has now been reported in the latest online issue of Nature by a research group headed by Prof. Ivan Dikic at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The scientists revealed the molecular action mechanism of a Legionella toxin and developed a first inhibitor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Tuberculosis: Pharmacists develop new substance to counteract antimicrobial resistance
(Martin-Luther-Universit ä t Halle-Wittenberg) Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise worldwide. This is becoming a problem for infectious diseases like tuberculosis as there are only a few active substances available to combat such diseases. Pharmacists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have now found a way to increase the efficacy of a common tuberculosis agent while, at the same time, reducing resistance to it. The research group presents its latest developments in the international journal Molecules. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

£30 million of funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The UK government has announced that it will be committing over £30m to the global fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MSF Response on Launch of Global Hub to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Press releaseMSF Response on Launch of Global Hub to Combat Antimicrobial ResistanceMay 22, 2018The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the launch of the Global Research& Development (R&D) collaboration hub on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) announced at the World Health Assembly today. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

Africa:Pursuing Universal Health Coverage and Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
[IDS] The World Health Organization (WHO) and world leaders are giving high priority to initiatives to make progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) and to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Governments, international agencies, and industry must work together at national, regional and global levels, so that actions to secure people's access to effective treatment for common infections are aligned with efforts to reduce the risk of emerging AMR. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why Can't We Just Use PCR? The Role of Genotypic versus Phenotypic Testing for Antimicrobial Resistance Testing
There is a need for phenotypic susceptibility testing that is expeditious and that can be performed directly from clinical specimens. While rapid pathogen identification is important, it is the susceptibility result that is essential for antimicrobial optimization. The options for rapid susceptibility testing are limited, with the majority of commercial tests available offering genotypic resistance detection only. In this article, a laboratorian and a clinician discuss the benefits and limitations of genotypic and phenotypic susceptibility testing and provide examples of how results should be interpreted to maximize the cl...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - May 22, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jennifer Dien Bard, Francesca Lee Source Type: news

New PLOS channel for the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) community
(PLOS) PLOS, in collaboration with GARDP, is delighted to announce the launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Channel during the World Health Assembly, Geneva. This new channel offers the AMR research community access to the latest research, as well as commentaries, blogs, news and discussions that span science, research and development, policy and public health in the fight against AMR. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Innovative Medicines Initiative Launches 100th Project
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has launched its 100th project in the form of Hypo-RESOLVE, a 4 year, EUR 26.8 million project on diabetes. The milestone comes as IMI celebrates its 10th anniversary with a series of events and activities. The IMI project portfolio is diverse; many projects, like Hypo-RESOLVE, focus on specific health issues such as diabetes, neurological conditions (including dementia, depression, and pain), cancer, auto-immune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis), and infectious diseases (including antimicrobial resistance and Ebola). (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - May 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Development Research and Development Source Type: news

Genomic insights into the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacterial pathogens
Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) has been vital for revealing the rapid temporal and spatial evolution of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacterial pathogens. Some antimicrobial-resistant pathogens have outpaced us, with untreatable infections appearing in hospitals and the community. However, WGS has additionally provided us with enough knowledge to initiate countermeasures. Although we cannot stop bacterial adaptation, the predictability of many evolutionary processes in AMR bacteria offers us an opportunity to channel them using new control strategies. Furthermore, by using WGS for coordinating surveillance and to create...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Baker, S., Thomson, N., Weill, F.-X., Holt, K. E. Tags: special/review Source Type: news