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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 […]

Antibiotic resistance a concern in NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 17th, 2017.

New Zealand isn’t insulated from the global problem of antimicrobial resistance, concludes the latest expert advice paper from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Released today, Antimicrobial Resistance – Implications for New Zealanders compiled evidence on what impacts antimicrobial resistance would have in New Zealand. With many microbes developing resistance to medicines, including bacteria, viruses, fungi […]

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 […]

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 […]

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