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Antibiotics in Pakistani animals and what you eat

AMR jeopardises a person’s chances of treating serious infections

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July 9, 2019


How much of the food we eat has antibiotics?

Two researchers confirm prevalence of antibiotic resistance in food-producing animals

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July 2, 2019


You will need a prescription to obtain antibiotics in Islamabad

Govt takes action over the misuse of drugs

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April 30, 2019


Appendicitis could be treated with antibiotics instead of surgery

Appendicitis was considered a medical emergency requiring surgery to remove the organ

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October 22, 2018


Drug-resistant superbug spreading in hospitals

A superbug resistant to all known antibiotics that can cause “severe” infections or even death is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world, scientists in Australia warned on Monday. Researchers at the University of Melbourne discovered three variants of the multidrug-resistant bug in samples from 10 countries, including strains in Europe that cannot be…

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September 3, 2018


Antibiotics consumption soars, fueling fears over superbugs

Since 2000, antibiotic use has soared 65% in Pakistan

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March 28, 2018


Chickens in India are dosed with antibiotics meant for critical patients

Chickens raised in India have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine that can have repercussions on human health. A study by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent, non-profit media organization, has found that hundreds of tonnes of Colistin – an antibiotic of last resort – ship to India for…

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February 3, 2018


Farms must stop using antibiotics on healthy animals, says WHO

NEWS DESK: Farmers must stop giving antibiotics to healthy animals because they are fuelling the rise of superbugs, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, reported The Independent. Considerable amounts of antibiotics are administered to animals in the UK to prevent infections, especially in intensive farming. The drugs are also given to animals to promote…

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November 9, 2017


Patients need rest, not antibiotics: health officials

NEWS DESK: More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials, reported BBC. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own. Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by…

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October 24, 2017


World leaders urged to act on ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse’

NEWS DESK: England’s chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, reported The Independent. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell “the end of modern medicine”. Without the drugs used…

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October 13, 2017


Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

NEWS DESK: Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat the threat of deadly drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, reported The Independent. The vast majority of the drugs being developed are modifications to existing kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short-term solutions, the health organisation said in a new report. Commenting on the…

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September 21, 2017


You need not always complete full course of antibiotics: doctors

NEW DELHI: Is it important to complete a full course of an antibiotic? Yes, according to conventional wisdom, which says stopping a course mid-way could lead to drug resistance. However, several scientists have now challenged this claim, reported Times of India. In many situations, stopping antibiotics sooner is a safe way to reduce antibiotic overuse,…

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July 26, 2017


WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance

GENEVA: The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary. The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: “Access”, “Watch”…

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June 7, 2017


G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance

Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018.

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May 21, 2017


Use of antibiotics increases miscarriage risk for pregnant women

ISLAMABAD: Women who take certain types of antibiotics during early pregnancy may be at an increased risk of miscarriage , a new study suggests. But not all antibiotics are alike , and some antibiotics may be safer during pregnancy than others, Health News reported. Researchers in Canada found that mothers-to-be who used certain classes of…

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May 4, 2017


Drugs and dung a bad mix for climate: study

PARIS: Scientists have discovered a potential threat to Earth’s climate lurking in a dark and smelly place: the dung of cattle treated with antibiotics, a study said Wednesday. Lab studies revealed that dung pats from animals given a common antibiotic gave off more than double the methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than those of non-treated…

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May 25, 2016


Alternative to antibiotics found for deadly infection

MIAMI: A stubborn bacterial infection often acquired in hospitals and which can be deadly may have a new treatment on the horizon, US researchers said Wednesday. Antibiotics only work about 25 percent of the time in wiping out Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, a pathogen that infects the digestive tract and kills about 15,000 people…

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September 24, 2015


Unchecked superbugs could kill 10 million a year

LONDON: Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100 trillion by 2050 if their rampant global spread is not halted, according to a British government-commissioned review. Such infections already kill hundreds of thousands of people a year and the trend is growing, the review said, adding: “The…

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December 11, 2014


Analysis: Antibiotics crisis prompts rethink on risks, rewards

LONDON: Thirty years ago, when the world faced the terrifying prospect of an untreatable disease known as AIDS, big drugmakers scented an opportunity and raced to develop new medicines.Today, as the world confronts another crisis, this time one of antibiotic resistance, the industry is doing the opposite. It is cutting research in a field that…

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March 19, 2013