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Resistance to Antibiotics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in livestock sector, aquaculture as well as crop production. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Dec 6 2017 (IPS)The growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials due to their overuse and misuse both in humans and animals has become an alarming global threat to public health, food safety and security, causing the deaths of 700,000 people each year. This is a fact. The good news is that now more and mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Improving the lives of ru Source Type: news

Fighting infection: from Joseph Lister to superbugs - Science Weekly podcast
Nicola Davis explores the origins of antiseptic surgery and asks what we might learn from its founding father about taking on today ’s biggest healthcare threatsSubscribe& Review onApple Podcasts,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterIn March 1867, the Lancet published an article by surgeon Joseph Lister that would change the healthcare landscape completely. The article was the first of several, detailing the culmination of Lister ’s life work exploring the connection between germs and infection. Fast forward a century-and-a-half and today Joseph Lister is wid...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Nicola Davis and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Health Antibiotics Drug resistance People in science History of science Source Type: news

Can a High-Tech Chip Conquer Global Health Challenges?
An Austin, TX-based molecular data company is out to prove that big things can come in small packages. Nano Global is developing a chip in partnership with Arm, a leading semiconductor IP company. According to Nano, the technology will help redefine how global health challenges such as superbugs, infectious diseases, and cancer are conquered. The system-on-chip (SoC) will yield secure molecular data that can be used in the recognition and analysis of health threats caused by pathogens and other living organisms. Combined with the company's scientific technology platform, the chip leverages advances in nanotechnology, optic...
Source: MDDI - December 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Software Electronics Source Type: news

Action Needed to Avoid the End of Modern Medicine
This study influenced the development of the WHO’s new  guidelines, which are aimed at influencing policy makers in the agriculture and health sectors.   According to a WHO press release, the guidelines include:An overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.Complete restriction of these antibiotics for growth promotion and for disease prevention without diagnosis.Healthy animals should only receive antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been diagnosed in other animals in the same flock or herd or fish population.Antibiotics used in animals ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martin Khor Tags: Development & Aid Global Governance Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Repairing immunity – The key to healing
(Natural News) The rise of “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant microbes such as MRSA – has been labeled a public health crisis by the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, healthcare costs continue to rise – while chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders increase – at an alarming rate. Clearly, Western medicine... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumonia symptoms could fought off by eating GARLIC, scientists reveal
DEADLY bacterial infections that cause chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis, pneumonia and the superbug MRSA, can be fought off by eating garlic, scientists have claimed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance: An unexpected chronology
(Institut Pasteur) Researchers from Institut Pasteur have shed light on the rise of ampicillin resistance back in the 60s. Through the sampling of Salmonella strains, they proved that antibiotic resistance can be traced back prior to the release of ampicillin on the UK market. Their discovery suggests that penicillin fed to livestock in the 1950s may have encouraged antibiotic-resistant bacteria to evolve and spread. These results will be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Wednesday, Nov. 29. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 29, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Garlic could ward off hospital superbugs
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found a compound in garlic, known as ajoene, disrupts a gene bacteria need to stick to human tissue, without which they cannot reproduce. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistant infections: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Pritish Tosh discusses the growing concern of antibiotic resistant infections. To listen, click the link below. Antibiotic Resistant Infections (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

New approach to tracking how deadly 'superbugs' travel could slow their spread
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Using a real-world outbreak as a test case, a team combined patient-transfer data and whole-genome sequencing to identify hotspots for transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sea sponges ‘can save us from superbugs'
SCIENTISTS are harvesting bacteria-eating compounds from sea sponges that could be used to kill drug-resistant infections. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Puppy poo needed to monitor antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Researchers at the University of Bristol are asking puppy owners in the south west to send them samples of their puppy ’ s poo so that they can be monitored for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 17, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Press Release Source Type: news

Veni vidi vici: How natural killer cells conquer the superbug Klebsiella
(University of Vienna) Multidrug resistance of microbes poses a serious global threat to human health. Resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae significantly reduce therapeutic options for the treatment of potentially fatal pneumonia or sepsis. Pavel Kovarik and his team now report new insights into how immune cells communicate at the site of infection and join forces in the fight against Klebsiella infections. Their results might be used for the development of alternatives to ineffective anti-microbial drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 16, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fears Mount Over Superbugs, but Simple Steps on Farms Can Help Fears Mount Over Superbugs, but Simple Steps on Farms Can Help
Imagine a world where a small cut on your finger or a routine hip replacement surgery could prove fatal. This is the future humanity is facing unless the use and abuse of antibiotics is curbed in both humans and animals, experts have warned.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Investor group warns U.S. farm antibiotic policy lagging
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States is falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant "superbug" infections as a result, according to a new report on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Winners of the 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Stories on the social value of aging female killer whales, a frantic meteor hunt in the Australian Outback and the unusual brain of the world's greatest solo climber are among the winners of the 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. Judges also honored 'Boomtown, Flood Town,' an ambitious online report by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, and a Reuters series on inadequate tracking of 'superbug' infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Progress Report for Years 1 and 2
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 11/13/2017 This 35-page report describes progress to date toward the five goals of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, highlighting key achievements from Years 1 and 2 of the Action Plan, as well as ongoing progress toward Year 3 milestones. The goals cover the years 2015-2020, and include slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria, preventing the spread of resistant infections, and accelerating basic and applied research and development for new antibiotics, other therapeutics, and vaccines. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

UK researchers report breakthrough in fighting killer superbug
Treatment for the antibiotic resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae could lie within the bodies ’ natural defences, according to researchers from the UK and Austria. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes antibiotic resistance?
Resistance to antibiotics kills more than 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. But how do bugs become resistant to drugs that once worked so well? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt: Good infection control is a touchstone issue for the public
In an exclusive opinion piece for Nursing Times to coincide with  World Antibiotic Awareness Week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt sets out progress so far in the new war on superbugs announced by the government last year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Progress Report for Years 1 and 2 (November 2017)
In the past two years, the U.S. made significant progress toward improving antibiotic use in human health, preventing the spread of resistant infections, and slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria through improving antibiotic stewardship, surveillance, and research. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Queen's researchers make killer superbug breakthrough
(Queen's University Belfast) Researchers at Queen's University Belfast together with the University of Vienna have discovered that treatment for the antibiotic resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae could lie within our bodies' natural defences. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cholera: The link between the world's major outbreaks leads to better control strategies
(Institut Pasteur) Researchers at the Institut Pasteur and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with international institutions, recently published two studies tracing the history of cholera outbreaks from the last 60 years. The results show that the latest cholera pandemic originated in Asia, and that the majority of antibiotic resistant strains come from this continent. These findings help to improve understanding of how the cholera bacterium circulates, and to anticipate the risk of new outbreaks emerging. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UK and EU action plans should 'lose jargon' in a bid to win the battle with 'sup
(University of Birmingham) One of the UK's leading microbiologists is concerned that confusing language and a lack of specific objectives are hampering the global fight against antibiotic-resistant infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Metagenomic analysis software reveals new causes of superbug emergence
(ITMO University) Researchers from ITMO University and Center of Physical and Chemical Medicine developed an algorithm capable of tracking the spread of antibiotic resistance genes in gut microbiota DNA and revealed additional evidence of resistance genes transfer between different bacterial species. The method can not only contribute to the development of effective therapy schemes, but also curb the spread of superbugs. The results of the research were published in 'Bioinformatics' journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns
The World Health Organization is urging farmers to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

WHO Urges End To Routine Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals To Stem Rise Of Superbugs
The WHO director-general called the declining efficacy of antibiotics a "security threat." (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Scientists make significant breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin
(University of Lincoln) Scientists working to develop a 'game-changing' new antibiotic have made a significant advance towards creating commercially viable drug treatments by producing two simplified synthetic versions of the substance which are just as potent at killing superbugs like MRSA as its natural form. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSA found in human MRSA samples
A recent survey has identified livestock-associated meticillin Staphylococcus aureus, or LA-MRSA, has been found in human MRSA samples. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSAfound among MRSA from humans
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The survey results show more frequent detections and geographical dispersion of LA-MRSA in humans in the EU/EEA since 2007, and highlight the public health and veterinary importance of LA-MRSA as a 'One Health' issue. The ECDC advocates for periodic systematic surveys or integrated multi-sectorial surveillance to facilitate control measures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSA found among MRSA from humans
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The survey results show more frequent detections and geographical dispersion of LA-MRSA in humans in the EU/EEA since 2007, and highlight the public health and veterinary importance of LA-MRSA as a 'One Health' issue. The ECDC advocates for periodic systematic surveys or integrated multi-sectorial surveillance to facilitate control measures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CSIC tightens the noose around superbugs
(Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)) A team led by researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has made an important breakthrough in the battle against superbugs and their resistance to multiple drugs. Scientists have designed molecules which can break the cellular mechanisms which lead these bacteria to becoming unaffected by conventional antibiotics. The results of this discovery are published in the latest issue of the journal, Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Superbug-related deaths hit at least 15-year Wales low
The number of deaths related to MRSA, C. diff and Staphylococcus aureus continue to fall. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA is NOT just in hospitals, new research discovers: The antibiotic-resistant superbug is spreading in the wild
(Natural News) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is not only contained within hospital settings and may actually spread elsewhere, according to a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Health experts have insisted that patients carrying MRSA can be screened upon hospital admission, by which time the doctors will take note of the time and place of occurrence to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic Stewardship Emphasizes When Not to Prescribe
SAN FRANCISCO — Reducing antibiotic use in hospitals and nursing homes is crucial to reversing the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections that threatens both the healthy and the ill. Now a new study has reported that a multipronged antibiotic education program — with a focus on when not to prescribe the drugs — successfully caught on at two types of nursing homes. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Randy Dotinga Source Type: news

Superbug 'sleuthing' finds secret outbreaks
The researchers were surprised how many outbreaks they detected in the east of England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DEADLY superbug MRSA is hitting communities, suggests research
A DEADLY antibiotic-resistant superbug has left its hospital breeding grounds and is spreading into the community, research suggests. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA: Community and Hospital Transmission Common, Study Shows MRSA: Community and Hospital Transmission Common, Study Shows
Detailed genomic and epidemiological surveillance has revealed that MRSA is transmitted extensively throughout hospitals, as well as the community.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Antibiotic-resistant MRSA is NOT confined to hospitals
Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire found many people are unaware they carry MRSA and therefore readily spread it both within and outside of hospitals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New hope for old antibiotics: Scientists have found a way to supercharge them for increased effectiveness against superbugs
(Natural News) Quantum dots are light-activated, nano-sized crystals with unique structures made from semiconductors. They’re highly tunable and can be precisely controlled for all sorts of applications, some of which lie in the field of medicine. While they’ve been used in place of organic dyes in biological analysis, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance a thing of the PAST? THIS treatment could save thousands of lives
AN ANTIBIOTIC-resistant bacteria treatment could save the lives of tens of thousands of patients. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance a thing of the PAST? THIS treatment could save thousands of lives
A NEW antibiotic-resistant bacteria treatment could save the lives of tens of thousands of patients. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cobas Test for Detection of MSSA and MRSA From Nasal Swabs Cobas Test for Detection of MSSA and MRSA From Nasal Swabs
A new automated assay proved an effective tool to simultaneously perform surveillance testing for nasal colonization of both MRSA and MSSA.American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Giving antibiotics prior to low-risk surgery may prevent resistance
Researchers report that surgical patients given antibiotics prior to some operations are not at increased risk for antibiotic-resistant infections after surgery. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Antibiotics Linked To Superbug, Divorce May Be Genetic
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study links antibiotics prescribed by dentists to the superbug C. difficile. Minnesota health officials found almost 40 percent of dentists are not following guidelines and are overprescribing antibiotics. C. difficile is a serious intestinal infection but if patients get symptoms, they are more likely to call their doctors and not their dentist, so dentists aren’t necessarily seeing the bad outcomes. And while it’s completely appropriate for a dentist to prescribe an antibiotic for a dental infection, many are still prescribing them prophylactically to patients with certain heart con...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Antibiotics C. difficile Divorce Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

If the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’ happens, it’ll be because our politicians let it | Nick Dearden
Agribusiness and big pharma prioritising profits could lead to 10 million deaths a year by 2050 – but political intervention can prevent this disasterAnantibiotic apocalypse is coming. It threatens to reverse medical practice by 100 years by making life-saving operations impossible and turning routine infections into killers again. Rather than panic and head to the hills, we need to understand the heart of the problem, and transform two of the most antisocial industries in the global economy: agribusiness and pharmaceuticals.Related:Act now to tame the superbugs that are killing 700,000 a yearContinue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nick Dearden Tags: Antibiotics Pharmaceuticals industry Agriculture Farming Drugs Health UK news Environment Science Society Source Type: news

More superbugs on the way: Antibiotic use in animals for human consumption expected to double
(Natural News) A recent study published in Science revealed that antimicrobial use in animals raised for human consumption is projected to increase by 52 percent and reach 200,000 tonnes by 2030. Health experts have also cautioned that higher antimicrobial-use may signal the development of new strains of antibiotic-resistant infections, unless regulations are put in place to stem the practice. A... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions
However, GPs in emergency departments may increase rates of prescribing of antibiotics Related items fromOnMedica Doctors told to halve inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by 2020 Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ No evidence to back mantra that patients need to complete antibiotic course New test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria GP antibiotic prescribing falling faster than ever (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins have power to help elderly fight off killer superbug
STATINS can protect older people against the killer superbug MRSA. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news