RESISTANCE IN THE NEWS
1 Feb 2012
Resistance in the News is an arbitrary selection of articles with relevance to antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use that have come to our attention lately.The articles have been published in various internet media and on-line scientific journals. The list is by no means complete and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ReAct network.
Antibiotics Prove Powerless as Super-Germs Spread. Antibiotics were once the wonder drug. Now, however, an increasing number of highly resistant -- and deadly -- bacteria are spreading around the world. The killer bugs often originate in factory farms, where animals are treated whether they are sick or not. Der Spiegel and in the same media; Bacterial infection in the stable
Fatal baby bacterium spreads to Ulster hospital. No babies at the hospital have tested positive for Pseudomonas bacterium which has killed four newborns in Northern Ireland. The Guardian
Dangerous infections are more likely in pediatric intensive-care units. But hospitals and parents can take steps to prevent them, our investigation found. ConsumerReports.org
Farmers urge Congress to reject antibiotic restrictions in animals. Pending bills H.R. 965 (House) and S. 1211 (Senate) would remove specific antibiotics and classes of antibiotics from animal feed; the purpose is to make sure that bacteria these antibiotics are aimed to combat do not become drug-resistant, thus endangering human health and lives; farmers and ranchers say the bills go too far. Homeland Security News Wire. Commenting on the subject; The American Society of Microbiologists, ASM comments on FDA cephalosporin rule and also on the subject; The Atlantic and The New York Times
Children’s Emergency ward of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital closed down indefinitely. The authorities of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have closed down the Children’s Emergency ward indefinitely due to an outbreak of a bacterial infection known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Myjoyonline
New NPS campaign to help combat antibiotic resistance. On 1 February 2012 NPS will launch a health professional education program as part of its new five-year campaign addressing the critical issue of antibiotic resistance. nzDoctor
Predictors of antibiotic use in African communities: evidence from medicines household surveys in five countries. Trop Med Int Health. 2011 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]
"One-size-fits-all"? Optimizing treatment duration for bacterial infections. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e29838. Epub 2012 Jan 11.
Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Treponema pallidum: evolution, therapeutic challenges and the need to strengthen global surveillance. Sex Transm Infect. 2011 Dec;87 Suppl 2:ii39-43.
Multi-drug resistant gram negative bacilli causing early neonatal sepsis in India. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2011 Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]
Why do children hospitalised with pneumonia not receive antibiotics in primary care? Arch Dis Child. 2012 Jan;97(1):21-7. Epub 2011 Nov 18.
The Impact of Anti-infective Drug Shortages on Hospitals in the United States: Trends and Causes. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]
Progress Toward a Staphylococcus aureus Vaccine. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Feb;54(4):560-7. Epub 2011 Dec 20.