Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.
Patients will be required to undergo a blood test to decide if they require antibiotics to treat their symptoms as part of a pilot scheme in the north of England.
The World Health Organization has called on farmers and the food industry to stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.
Antibiotics should not be routinely prescribed for sinusitis, says new guidance, developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.
A set of outcome indicators has been developed to help EU member states monitor their progress in combating antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of previously sensitive microorganisms to resist the effects of an antimicrobial agent — is a growing problem. The World Health Organization has warned that we could be moving into a post-antibiotic era where even minor injuries could lead to life-threatening infections, consequently putting an end to complex surgery and returning us to an era where childbirth is high-risk.
Fluoroquinolones for treating tuberculosisSubscription
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant global health and socioeconomic challenge. The duration of current anti-TB therapies, the adverse effects of certain anti-TB drugs and the growing problem of drug-resistant TB on an international scale mean that it is imperative for new, effective and safe treatment regimens to be developed. Fluoroquinolones are a class of drugs that have been used in the treatment of TB for several decades. This article provides an overview of the current treatment ...
There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.
Superbug encounters of the resistant kindSubscription
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, explores potential solutions to the global threat of antibiotic resistance.
Putting the rise of STIs in England into contextSubscription
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AMR: time is running out, we need action nowSubscription
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Science reproducibility crisis: better measurement is required to tackle global health challengesSubscription
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