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

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 10.11.2015 | 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 27.10.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 18.08.2015 | 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 18.06.2015 | 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...

Some Antibiotics Could Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Antibiotics are usually prescribed to make us feel better, but one antibiotic could actually be damaging to our health. New research suggests a com...

Superbugs: The Hidden Menace of Antibiotics Fed to Farm Animals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

I am not suggesting that we do not treat sick animals. However, dosing an entire flock of factory farmed chickens or a herd of dairy cattle with antibiotics as a preventative measure is a major contributor to some resistant infections in humans.

Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Are On The Rise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Resistant superbugs are spreading world-wide and threaten that common infections will once again become killers despite antibiotics. A new report f...

12 Signs That It's Time to Change Doctor

Marek Doyle | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

If you suspect your doctor is providing you with substandard treatment but can't quite pinpoint where the problem lies, then this list is for you. Here are the dozen most common red flags that will tell you if your doctor is blundering with your health. Ready? Let's begin with the first six.

And You Thought Meatless Monday Was Just for Hippies

Patrick Drake | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Drake

Global warming isn't the fictional bogey man many once thought it to be and its effects go way beyond marooning polar bears on melting icebergs. The methane (noisily) produced by livestock is 20 times more deleterious as a greenhouse gas than C02, which makes meat production the second most damaging source of greenhouse gases in the world.

Could Using Antibiotics As A Child Make You Develop Eczema?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | PA | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The use of antibiotics in the first 12 months of life may increase the chance of developing eczema by up to 40%, according to a new study. The repo...

Antibiotics Could Relieve Back Pain Caused By Infection For 40% Of Sufferers

PA | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A simple course of antibiotics could relieve chronic back pain for up to 40% of sufferers, scientists claim. Researchers have demonstrated a link b...

If Your Easter Lamb Disappoints - Here's Why. The Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

News of the thousands of sheep that were lost in last week's snow drifts has given us an insight into sheep farming. Warnings were issued several days...

The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance Could Provide a Stimulus for Economic Recovery

Stephen Caddick | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Caddick

If we take the right approach to this major challenge, we could improve our economy along with the health of our nation we have all of the pieces we need at our disposal, but we need concerted action to get them to work together.

Will Antibiotic Resistance Put an End to Factory Farming? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

If we are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics in human medicine then alarm bells should sound louder still when it comes to their use in intensive farming.

An Injection of Hope Into the Medical "Apocalypse"?

Tony Lobl | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

The original doom and gloom merchants touting a coming apocalypse were religious seers. Nowadays, though, faith-based threats of calamity tend to be...