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Antibiotics and heart deaths – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 20th, 2014.

One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics – clarithromycin – is linked with an increased risk of heart deaths, suggests a new study published in the BMJ. The researchers looked at over 5 million treatment courses among Danish adults aged 40-74 years from 1997 to 2011 and found that clarithromycin is linked with a 76 per cent […]

Antibiotic resistance highlighted in Wellington case

John Kerr posted in on November 19th, 2013.

A widely reported case of an antibiotic resistant ‘superbug’ has highlighted antibiotics’ waning ability to fight off diseases in the modern world. Today’s Dominion Post carried a front page story regarding the death of Wellington teacher Brian Pool, believed to be New Zealand’s first victim of an aggressive superbug resistant to a wide range of […]

Are airlines to blame for antibiotic resistance? Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2013.

Is increased international travel responsible for rising antibiotic resistance in New Zealand? Or is agriculture to blame? Or maybe doctors? With antibiotic resistance now causing great concern in the medical fraternity, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) has organised a session at their conference, currently underway in Surfers Paradise, Australia, to investigate the major […]

Medical tourism increasing spread of superbug gene

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 11th, 2010.

A gene that confers resistance to nearly all existing antibiotics has been found in bacteria in India, Pakistan and the UK, and appears to be spreading internationally as patients travel abroad to seek elective surgery, according to a study† published today in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. The authors of the study say that the […]

New research on asthma

Amanda Johnson posted in on October 21st, 2008.

Two recent studies have been published on asthma. A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal finds a decline in the prevalence of asthma in New Zealand, and a study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy finds no link between early use of antibiotics and the development of asthma in young children. Decline in the […]

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