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Most turkey producers still using antibiotics and other drugs

A few days ago, Chicago-based Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) released a new report examining the use of antibiotics and other drugs in turkey production in the U.S.

Essential Science: Health effects of antibiotic use

A disturbing, newly issued report suggests just one single course of antibiotics can disrupt the microbial composition in the gut sufficiently to trigger a spate of unintended ill-health effects. Digital Journal gets to the bottom of the issue.

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Paris - Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

Do antibiotics to treat MRSA make patients sicker?

New evidence suggests certain antibiotics intended to treat patients with MRSA infections are actually causing more harm than good.

University receives funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Loughborough - Loughborough University has received $750,000 of funding to explore the issue of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and to look for new candidate compounds to use as antimicrobials.

Two-thirds of antibiotics are needlessly prescribed

London - A new report, aimed at the U.K. but applicable to most parts of the developed world, has concluded that around two-thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed and are of no effect.

Call for rapid tests to stem antibiotic overuse

A report has called for a new wave of testing to be introduced to allow doctors to assess whether a patient needs antibiotics. The idea is to reduce situations where a patient is given antibiotics based on an absence of medical evidence.

U.K. seeking antibiotic guardians

London - The British government is seeking healthcare professionals and members of the public to become "antibiotic guardians." This is to help with using antibiotics more wisely and helping to conserve stocks.

Wastewater may not trigger antibiotic resistance

Copenhagen - Some scientists have been concerned that wastewater, where bacteria and antibiotics mix, could be seeding an increase in antibiotic resistance. A new study puts forward evidence that this is not the case.

Time to clamp down on 'soft touch' doctors?

London - Should doctors who indiscriminately administer antibiotics to appease patients where there is no clinical need to do so be fined? This is the call of a leading health expert.

European Union takes action on antibiotics

One root of antibiotic resistance is from animals to people. To assess this, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is running a public consultation on how to assess the risks of antimicrobial resistance passing from food animals to human.

Garlic helps treat urinary tract infections

Extracts of garlic could help to combat types of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens that can cause urinary tract infections (UTI), according to new research.

Infection rates running high in Spanish hospitals

Madrid - People at, or having recently left, hospitals in Spain have a 6 to 8 percent chance of contracting an infection, according to a new report. The issue is a further example of the rise in antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

MRSA superbug in supermarket pork sparks alarm over farming risks

Cambridge - A strain of the MRSA superbug linked to the overuse of antibiotics has been discovered in pork sold by several prominent British supermarkets, according to an investigation by The Guardian.

Is pharmaceutical waste triggering antibiotic resistance?

Several pharmaceutical companies have been accused by a campaign organization of contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistance among types of pathogenic bacteria, the so-termed "super bugs."

Using robots to search for new antibiotics

Roskilde - The search for new antibiotics is a matter of global importance. To help with the research for new compounds, scientists have created two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines.

Treatment of wastewater raises new health concern

A new concern has been expressed about the presence of large numbers of antibiotics in wastewater. Here treatments to "clean up" wastewater may be modifying the antibiotics and, by doing so, triggering a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Is mathematics the answer to antibiotic resistance?

Finding new drugs to combat antibiotic resistance is a complex task and running different biological scenarios can take years. To help screen potential drug candidates, researchers have developed a mathematical model.

Half of chickens sold contain problem viruses

Vienna - Scientists have discovered that over 50 percent of chickens sold in Austria as meat products contain viruses that can transfer antibiotic resistant genes between bacteria.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Taking on bacterial resistance with 'resistance breakers'

As part of the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, scientists are looking at a new research stream based on so-termed "resistance breakers."

Call for fund to develop new antibiotics

A British economist is calling on the world's leading pharmaceutical companies to set up a $2 billion fund to enable research into new antibiotics.

New campaign to end antibiotic use in farm animals

Social campaign group Avaaz is seeking to reduce the amount of antibiotics administered to farm animals. The group points out that the use of these drugs has fallen in Europe, with the exception of some territories like the U.K.

Who will pay for new antibiotics?

Oslo - New types of antibiotics are needed in order to stem the flow of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the deaths causes from infections that were once readily treatable. One thing hindering development is finance. The question is: who pays?

Slow progress on the antibiotic resistance front

Geneva - Despite calls to restrict the use of antibiotics, in order to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance, a new report shows that around three-quarters of the countries in the world have no plans to slow-down on antibiotic use.

Tyson Foods to end use of antibiotics in poultry by 2017

The nation's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, announced on Tuesday they plan to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017. The move signifies a major shift in the poultry industry.

FDA says farmers are still using medically important antibiotics

The Food and Drug Administration released its 2013 annual report last week on the sale of medically important antibiotics to meat producers. The report shows that sales increased three percent in 2013, and 20 percent between 2009 and 2013.

Fund launched to fight global resistant infections

A new global campaign has been launched called the Fleming Fund, with the aim of harnessing resources to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria.

White house plan to fight 'superbugs' falls short of expectations

The White House is expected to release an ambitious and comprehensive plan that would slow the deadly growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria over the next five years. The plan will not only include huge monetary investments, but policy changes as well.

Preventing antibiotics from killing beneficial bacteria

The microorganisms in the human gut can help the body to maintain a state of health. One problem with antibiotics, when used to fight pathogens, is that they can indiscriminately kill off beneficial bacteria. A new compound can help address this concern.
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