Why resistance to antibiotics is fast becoming a big killer

Is antibiotic resistance a threat to surgical outcome? A retrospective study by AIIMSon 100 infants who underwent heart surgeries at the institute from June 2015 to June 2016 suggests so. Cardiac surgeons have found that 16 children developed hospital-acquired infection, which led to longer hospital stay and need for ICU support than those who didn’t. Also, of those who acquired infection, three died due to sepsis. Dr Shiv Kumar Choudhary, additional professor of cardiac surgery at AIIMS, said Klebsiella was the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection. It is a…

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Australia facing health threat from GPs ‘over-prescribing antibiotics’

The world is facing a growing resistance to antibiotics that is an immediate health threat, according to the World Health Organisation. Australian National University Microbiology professor Peter Collignon said recent research revealed antimicrobial resistance (AMR) had become a severe problem in Australia. “Antimicrobial resistance causes people to die,” he said. “If you don’t have an effective antibiotic to treat somebody with a serious infection, you can have two or three times the rate of infection than if you have an antibiotic that works.” The federal government has committed a $9.4 million from the…

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How do we avoid the antibiotics apocalypse?

Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century. So what are people doing to try to avert the so-called antibiotics apocalypse? Well, it turns out, quite a lot. First, there are those who are trying to get us to take fewer antibiotics. That is because the more antibiotics we all take, the more resistant bacteria become. Jason Doctor, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, has been…

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