Antibiotics

Life Expectancy And Antibiotic Resistance

David Payne | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
David Payne

Life expectancy has increased, but antibiotic resistance could become another contributing factor in how that increase is slowing. To make sure that medical advancements support life expectancy, we need to find new innovative ways of tackling bacterial infections and however difficult, continue to research and develop the next generation of antibiotics to help fight the superbugs that already exist today.

A Guide To... Antibiotics

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

Centuries ago, the Black Death wiped out over 30% of the European population because of a disease spread by bacteria. Before antibiotics were discovered, if someone had a bacterial infection there was very little doctors could do to treat them, so people would get seriously ill or even die from diseases that seem quite trivial today.

Redefining Female Innovation: Addressing Antibiotic Immunity

Fiona Marston | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Marston

What makes someone an innovator? I doubt that many of us set out deliberately to be pioneers but perhaps we share a mindset. We don't see limitations - obstacles are there to get over, under or round. One of those obstacles is that intangible - confidence!

'Complete The Course' Antibiotics Advice Is Incorrect, Experts Suggest

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s time to call an end to the “complete the course” message for some antibiotics, experts have said. Writing in The British Medical Journal (B...

Deadly Cancer Cells Can Be Knocked Out By Combining Antibiotics With Vitamin C

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Tech

The key to stopping potentially-deadly cancer stem cells from developing into tumours could be prescribing a combination of antibiotics and Vitamin C ...

6 Things All Mums Need To Know About Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnancy is a time with its fair share of aches and pains, headaches, nausea, and generally not feeling like your best self, so if your GP has prescr...

Taking Antibiotics Has Been Linked To Precursors Of This Disease

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Taking antibiotics may be linked to a heightened risk of bowel cancer precursors, new research suggests. A study found that long term antibiotic use i...

Tackling Antibiotic Resistance Through Education

Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE

Antimicrobial resistance is, first and foremost, an evolutionary process that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics as microbes become resistant to the effects of medication previously used to treat them; it is the expected collateral damage caused by their mere use.

Doctors Fear 'Super Acne' As Condition Becomes Resistant To Antibiotics

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Doctors have warned that patients could soon be suffering with “super acne” as current treatments for the skin condition becomes less effective. A...

Antibiotic Resistance In Children Could Render Some Treatments 'Ineffective'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

Antibiotic resistance in children with urinary infections is high, which means some antibiotics may become ineffective as treatments, a new study sugg...

How Can We Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance Caused by the Overuse of Antibiotics?

Professor Colin Garner | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Colin Garner

We have failed to listen to Sir Fleming and we now find ourselves in the situation of increasing antibiotic resistance. This resistance stems from appropriate and inappropriate use of antibiotics in food production, veterinary medicine and human health, as well as poor infection control.

A Healthcare Nightmare Is Becoming Reality: What if Our Antibiotics No Longer Worked?

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Kevin Fenton

In the debate about antibiotic resistance it's often said that the implications are too big to get a handle on - people say it's something that should perhaps only concern scientists or politicians - but along with an absolutely justified call for global action there are personal stories and personal actions we must all take.

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Hacking Almost Everything in Amsterdam

Marleen Stikker | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Tech
Marleen Stikker

Housed in the tower of one of Amsterdam's medieval buildings is something quite unexpected--a lab full of machines, incubators, petri dishes, and microbes. It might sound like the beginning of a gothic novel, but this is just where Waag Society's open wetlab--an initiative that strives to make biotechnology more accessible--happens to operate.

'Soft-Touch' GPs Prescribing Millions Of 'Unnecessary' Antibiotics To Patients

PA | By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost 10 million prescriptions for antibiotics are being issued unnecessarily every year, with many patients purposely seeking out doctors who are a ...

MRSA in British Pork; Why We Should All Be Concerned and Defra Must Act

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings add to the growing evidence that overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to resistance in life-threatening infections in humans, and supports the call for urgent action to address inappropriate use in farming.

Alligators Are Going To Cure Your Chest Infection, Not Antibiotics

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

On 2 June microbiologists will be discussing how crocodiles, frogs and snakes can help us fight infections. Antibiotics are of course, so 20th cen...

We're Running Out Of Antibiotics, And Fast

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Tech

A UK government funded review has suggested that unless new antibiotics are found, over 10 million people could be dying every year by 2050 due to unt...

Drug-Resistant Superbug Outbreak Could Kill 80,000

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Up to 80,000 people could die from an outbreak of a drug-resistant blood infection, a Government report has warned. A total of 200,000 people could...

McDonald's To Phase Out Antibiotics In Chicken Amid Resistance Fears

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

McDonald's has revealed that it will be phasing out the use of antibiotics in chicken sold across its UK restaurants. This comes amid health concer...

What Are Probiotics?

Henrietta Norton | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Henrietta Norton

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yoghurt are rich sources of probiotics and prebiotics, compounds that the beneficial flora in our digestive tract feed from and thrive. They also play an important role in detoxification.

Avoiding Antibiotic Armageddon: Prevent, Preserve, Promote

Philip Lymbery | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

"Prevent people from being infected. Preserve the antibiotics we have; and promote the development of new antibiotics and better diagnostics." This is what Professor John Watson, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer stated that we need to do at a seminar, held last week at the Royal Society of Medicine, (RSM).

That Gut Feeling

The Mac Twins | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

We're benefitting the medical world, whilst getting to know our own bodies better, in turn (hopefully) making them healthier - it's WIN WIN all round. Who knew sharing a womb could be so salubrious?!

Antibiotics- Why Aren't We Asking the Patient?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

Yet patients, and that is you and me, are supposed to be at the heart of every GP consultation. We GPs are repeatedly urged to put the patient's wishes above everything else. So why has no one ever asked patients' what those wishes actually are?

Antibiotics 'Failing To Treat Common Infections'

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Antibiotic resistance is becomingly an increasingly "real and worrying threat", according to new research. This comes after a health study found th...