Tagged: antibiotics

NZ’s first ‘superbug’ victim? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 19, 2013

One of the big news stories today was about the death of Brian Pool, who according to Stuff’s Michelle Duff is “believed to be New Zealand’s first victim of an aggressive superbug, caught while he was overseas, that is resistant to every type of antibiotic.” One of the doctors who treated him, clinical microbiologist … Read More

An "Alternative" View on Antibiotics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 12, 2013

“Eventually antibiotics are going to be seen as one of the worst things to ever come out of pharmaceutical science because in the end, they have made us only weaker in the face of ever increasing strong super bugs that are resistant to all of the antibiotics doctors have at their disposal. When we look at how deep the rabbit … Read More

Antibiotic myths - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 10, 2012

Dr Michael Addidle, a clinical microbiologist with Pathlab in Tauranga, has written a very nice article* in the Clinical Microbiology Journal, debunking some of the urban myths around antibiotic resistance. Alas the article is behind a pay wall so I thought I would summarise a few of the myths here. Myth 1: Antibiotics were invented in the 1930s Nope. We … Read More

Antibiotics and asthma - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 19, 2012

Administering antibiotics in infancy leads to enhanced susceptibility to asthma At least in mice. Brett Finlay and colleagues, at the University of British Columbia, report in the journal EMBO Reports that treating baby mice with the antibiotic vancomycin not only changed the types of bacteria found in the gut, but was also associated with an increased susceptibility to … Read More