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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 […]

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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Dr Siouxsie Wiles on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2012.

This weekend, Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill caught up with Dr Siouxsie Wiles -Director of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group at the University of Auckland, and author of the Infectious Thoughts blog at SciBlogs. Kim spoke with Siouxsie on a section of her show called Playing Favourites, in which she quizzes public personalities on their favourite music […]

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