Tagged: antibiotics

New research suggests common herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 24, 2017

By Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury.  Antibiotics are losing their ability to kill bacteria. One of the main reasons for the rise in antibiotic resistance is the improper use of antibiotics, but our latest research shows that the ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible to … Read More

Is it time to drop “complete the course” message for antibiotics? - News

Jean Balchin Jul 27, 2017

The commonly held belief that patients should “complete the course” of antibiotics to avoid antibiotic resistance is not backed by evidence and should be dropped, argue experts in The BMJ (The British Medical Journal) today. According to Professor Martin Llewelyn at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and colleagues, patients are actually put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given … Read More

Microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 05, 2017

Amy Loughman, Associate Lecturer, Industry Fellow, RMIT University and Tarsh Bates, PhD candidate, University of Western Australia We have long believed that “good” immune cells recognise and defend against “bad” invaders. That’s why a large proportion of medicine has been directed at killing microbial enemies and conquering microbial infections. This militaristic understanding of immunity reflected the … Read More

Crowdfunding a solution to a global crisis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 22, 2017

Friday, the 19th May. Another day, another funding application rejected. My proposal? To search for new antibiotics from New Zealand’s unique fungi to help avert a global crisis that experts predict will soon be killing more people than cancer. This is the fifth time I’ve tried to get government funding for this project in the last 3 years. I’ve … Read More

Superbug death may herald ‘start of the post-antibiotic era’ - News

John Kerr Apr 21, 2017

Infectious disease experts are “deeply alarmed” by the death of a US woman due to a bacterial infection resistant to all available antibiotics. Writing this week in a  Medical Journal of Australia editorial, researchers warn that the case may herald “the start of the post-antibiotic era.” Professor Cheryl Jones, President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), and … Read More

The costs of antimicrobial resistance - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 25, 2016

What might the economic costs of antibiotic/antimicrobial-resistant infections be in New Zealand? The simple answer is – we don’t know. As far as I’m aware, there’s been no New Zealand studies publicly disseminated on this topic. Therefore, we have to look overseas for reported studies. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013) stated the total economic cost … Read More

A different approach to developing new antibiotics - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 25, 2016

We are nearing a crisis point in our use (and, sadly, misuse) of antibiotics. Indeed, the World Health Organisation recently described humanity as being in “a race against time” to develop antibiotics against multi-drug resistant superbugs. If we cannot find effective new antibiotics soon, we may be faced with a return to the 1920s pre-antibiotic era, where people routinely … Read More

Antibiotic resistance is looming but we can protect the children - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 22, 2016

In another life I used to sit on teams that developed something called ‘clinical guidance’. We would draw together published evidence and make recommendations on what best practice should look like. I sat on one such group for rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever (RF) is a disease now seen mainly in developing countries (apart, of course, from the poor pockets of … Read More

Ten surprising places to look for antibiotics - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 04, 2016

Geertje van Keulen, Swansea University One in ten people’s noses contain bacteria that could be the source of a powerful new antibiotic, German scientists say. Even resistant superbugs, such as MRSA and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, died when exposed to this new compound, lugdunin. Antimicrobial resistance is a major global threat, with Europe facing “Antimicrobial Armageddon” by … Read More

Superbugs could kill more people than cancer by 2050 - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 28, 2016

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are in the news again. This time a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin has been spotted in the USA. So why is this newsworthy and should we be scared?  A strain of E. coli has been identified in the USA that is resistant to the antibiotic colistin. A paper describing the strain has just been published … Read More