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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Israeli researchers fight back against antibiotic resistant superbugs

A unique antibiotic that can kill bacteria which are resistant to conventional anti-bacterials without damaging the cells that store them has been developed by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The pioneering study, published in the prestigious Angewandte Chemie of the German Chemical Society, was carried out by Dr. Zvi Hayouka and colleagues at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot. Reviewers called the study “a most important discovery” in the field of antibiotics and researchers said they believe findings of their research “will help develop new antibiotics and reduce mortality from future infectious disease”

June 18, 2017
The Jerusalem Post

G20 health ministers seek to avert return to "pre-penicillin era"

The world risks a return to the pre-penicillin era if leading nations do not cooperate to combat the threat from antibiotic-resistant bugs and means are not found to finance research into new, more effective medicine, Germany’s health minister told the G20. Decades of over subscription have led to the evolution of resistant strains of many bacteria. Nan EU report last year said newly resistant strains of bacteria were responsible for more than 25,000 deaths a year in the 28-nation EU alone

May 18, 2017
Reuters, QZ.com

Doctors ring warning bells against antibiotics resistance in children

Antibiotic resistance is making it harder to treat many infections; such as typhoid, pneumonia and tuberculosis, Indian healthcare experts said. ‘We are fast running out of treatment options’ they warned

March 7, 2017
The Hindu

‘Antibiotic Misuse Killing Patients In JK'

The Jammu and Kashmir Doctors’ Association said they are worried about the rampant misuse of antibiotics in Jammu and Kashmir and ‘say this is responsible for unprecedented levels of antibiotic resistance which is killing patients’

March 7, 2017
Kashmir Observer
March 8, 2017
Daily Excelsior
March 7, 2017
United News of India

Non communicable diseases

Long-term antibiotic use in early to mid-life puts you at cancer risk

A study suggest that long-term antibiotic use in early to mid-life may be linked to a heightened risk of abnormal growths in the colon and rectum, known as polyps or colorectal adenomas, which precede the development of most bowel cancers, the research revealed. The findings also added to emerging evidence that the type and diversity of bacteria in the gut may have a key role in the development of cancer

April 5, 2017
DNA India, BBC News

Health systems

G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance

Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018

May 20, 2017
Channel News Asia, IP-Watch

Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

The ICRC warned that drawn-out crisis which are plaguing the Middle East could lead to the total collapse of health systems. One example is the disruption to vaccinations. As the children will not be vaccinated, diseases previously thought to be eradicated will simply re-emerge. Resistance to antibiotics because of drug usage in excess of prescribed limits has accelerated. Infections have spread as war has destroyed sanitation and clean water systems and triggered chaotic population movements 

May 16, 2017

CNN To Debut Jeffrey Wright-Narrated Pandemic Documentary ‘Unseen Enemy’ On World Health Da...

CNN will show a documentary, on April 7th, to coincide with World Health Day, which features some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals who have been involved in tracking outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and influenza worldwide. The film called ‘Unseen Enemy’ makes the case that successful containment can be achieved with coordinated efforts of medical professionals, researchers, governments, communicators and the public 

March 17, 2017

Communicable diseases

Unproven Treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' Lead to Severe Infections

In a small but growing number of cases, people in the U.S. have suffered severe bacterial infections, bone damage or septic shock — all because of treatments they received for "chronic Lyme disease." The health care providers who diagnose these patients typically treat them with prolonged courses of antibiotics, lasting months or even years, a report said. That happens even though at least five studies have shown that such courses of antibiotics do not help people who have this diagnosis, according to the report. Moreover, taking antibiotics for that long can result in serious harm

June 15, 2017
Live Science

Study Shows Antibiotic Therapy Does Not Work In One Out Of Four People With Pneumonia

A new study shows that about one in four adults who are prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting for pneumonia do not respond to the treatment. In an article published in Eurekalert, 22.1% of adults observed were deemed to be not responsive to the antibiotics prescribed to them

May 22, 2017
Science Times, Daily Mail

Strategy suggests ways to prepare for emerging antibiotic resistant superbugs

A new study from U.S. researchers discovered compounds that block resistance to a major class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. If developed into a drug, such a compound could be given in combination with tetracycline, should the infection become resistant to tetracycline alone. These compounds do not have a direct antimicrobial effect if given alone. Instead, they knock down the bacteria’s ability to survive with specific antibiotics  

May 9, 2017

Dangerous Untreatable Superbug on the Rise: Doctors

A group of dangerous bacteria called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, has been flagged as a drug-resistant threat by the World Health Organization. Local doctors in Illinois said the state appears to be ground zero for CRE cases in the United States as it is home to one of the largest outbreaks of CRE infections in the country. Areas west of Chicago saw a 27% increase in CRE from 2014 to 2015, the most current reporting. Chicago itself saw an 11% decrease in CRE

May 8, 2017
NBC Chicago

Manitoba scientists develop 1st new antibiotic in decades

Canadian scientists say they have discovered the first new antibiotic in decades. They suggest it may be effective in killing two of the most worrisome superbugs: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The drug, called PEG-2S, works by inhibiting a sodium pump called NQR that at least 20 different types of bacteria need for respiration

April 20, 2017
CTV News, CTV News
April 21, 2017
UKNews.yahoo.com, Anadolu Agency, Canada Journal

Do you pop pills without consulting a doctor? Inappropriate intake of antibiotics can destroy ...

Most doctors tend to treat a patient’s symptom and prescribe medicines in haste, sometimes before a consensus on the right medical condition, and then administer antibiotics. This lack of care is producing negligent results as there is an alarming increase in antibiotic resistance and antibiotics are gradually losing their capacity to fight an increasing number of diseases

March 28, 2017
Economic Times, Vanguard Nigeria

Air pollution can change efficacy of antibiotics, says study

A new study from University of Leicester researchers shows that bacteria which cause respiratory infections in humans are directly impacted by air pollution, altering the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, and thus, increasing the potential for infection

March 3, 2017
CNBC, Financial Express

India issues fresh antibiotic guidelines to tackle superbug menace

India’s ICMR has issued fresh antibiotic guidelines in order to tackle the growing superbug menace. The purpose of issuing these guidelines ‘is to bring about a change in the way these antibiotics are prescribed,’ the ICMR deputy director said  

February 28, 2017
Reuters, Economic Times