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Herbicides linked to antibiotic resistance – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2017.

New Zealand researchers have found the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers can cause bacteria to be less susceptible to antibiotics.  The study builds upon research published in 2015 that found three common herbicides, including Round-up, caused E.coli and Salmonella to become less sensitive to antibiotics. The new research, published in Microbiology, investigated which ingredients were responsible and found it was the […]

How can we reduce antibiotic use in animals? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 29th, 2017.

With the global threat of anti-microbial resistant looming, a team of international agricultural experts are arguing for reduced antibiotic use in animals, as it can lead to drug-resistant infections in both animals and humans.  In a policy forum published today in Science, the researchers propose three actions to curb antibiotic use in animals. First, they […]

Drop “complete the course” message for antibiotics — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on July 27th, 2017.

In an analysis article just published in The BMJ, Prof Martin Llewelyn argues that it’s time to drop “complete the course” message for antibiotics as it’s not backed by evidence and should be replaced. Patients are put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given for longer than necessary, not when it is stopped early […]

WHO lists priority pathogens – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 2nd, 2017.

This week the World Health Organization (WHO) released a priority list for pathogens for which new drugs are urgently needed to combat. The list includes 12 families of bacteria divided into three categories: critical, high and medium priority. Among the critical group includes Pseudomonas aeruginosa,  which causes skin infections in humans – some strains have been […]

Antimicrobial resistance – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 21st, 2016.

Growing rates of antimicrobial resistance could leave us without effective drugs to treat serious infections – “the end of modern medicine as we know it”, according to the WHO’s Margaret Chan. November 14-18 was World Antibiotic Awareness Week and Dr Siouxsie Wiles at Te Pūnaha Matatini planned an awareness campaign about antimicrobial resistance: InfectedNZ. It was […]

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

Peter Griffin 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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