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UN brings the battle to superbugs – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 22nd, 2016.

After a high-level meeting yesterday, all 193 United Nations member states have pledged to work together to tackle superbugs – disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that have developed resistance to drugs. It was only the fourth time the UN held a high-level meeting on infectious diseases. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined the number of […]

‘Peak Antibiotics’ documentary on Prime

John Kerr posted in on April 7th, 2016.

The NZ On Air-funded documentary Peak Antibiotic, which aired on Prime this week, tells the story of antibiotic resistance and features a number of high-profile New Zealand researchers. An excerpt from the Prime website: Thinking back to the last time you were sick, did you ask your doctor for a course of antibiotics? Prime’s new […]

Vaccines, superbugs spread in the media

John Kerr posted in on March 18th, 2015.

Superbugs and vaccines are high on the agenda this week at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) conference, an event which has received national media attention. Research to be presented at the meeting includes a link drawn between the overuse of topical antibiotics and the spread of  Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections. Advances […]

SMC BRIEFING: Superbugs and vaccines – infectious disease

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 18th, 2015.

In conjunction with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Science Media Centre hosted an online briefing to preview new research highlights from their international conference on infectious diseases in Auckland this week (18-21 March). Speakers presented new findings on: How prescriptions for children’s skin infections are driving the spread of a new superbug strain (MRSA) Effectiveness of the childhood […]

Superbugs and 3D printing – 3rd Degree

Laura Goodall posted in on September 25th, 2014.

Antibiotic resistance and 3D printing — and the scientists who study them — garnered prime-time screen time on the latest episodes of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree.  Last night’s segment on antibiotic resistance looked at the growing threat to our supply of antibiotic drugs, prescribing guidelines and the search for new antimicrobial agents in fungi and bacteriophages. Paula Penfold spoke to […]

Superbug control measures questioned

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2014.

The jury is still out on the effectiveness of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug control policies in hospitals, according to leading infectious disease experts in a Viewpoint published in The Lancet. In particular, screening and isolating infected patients-which have long been regarded as the gold standard MRSA prevention strategy and are required by law in […]

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Superbugs on the radio

Laura Goodall posted in on August 6th, 2014.

Dr Heather Hendrickson, lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show on 3rd August about the issues surrounding superbugs, antibiotic resistance, new drugs, and the impact of antibacterial consumer products. Heather previously attended our Media SAVVY workshops and she was also the expert for last month’s Expert Encounter.

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Expert Encounter: Antibiotic resistance

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 5th, 2014.

SMC Expert encounters — a new series of monthly lunchtime events for Auckland media Antibiotic resistance is this month’s topic — The evolution and spread of antibioticresistance in harmful bacteria is increasingly being recognised as a major modern crisis. Understanding how bacteria evolve — and the shortcuts they use to swap genes across species — is key to understanding why they are […]

WHO antibiotic resistance report in the news

John Kerr posted in on May 2nd, 2014.

A World Health Organisation report warning of increasing global levels of antibiotic resistance has received wide-spread attention in New Zealand. The report reveals that antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future – it is happening right now in every region of the world, and has the potential to affect anyone, of any […]

FDA crackdown on antibacterial soaps – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2013.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on soap manufacturers to come clean about how effective antibacterial hands washes really are. The government watchdog this week issued a statement saying they expected manufacturers to prove that soaps labelled ‘antibacterial’ provide clear health benefits to balance any potential risks. The FDA said there currently […]

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