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New Lancet Series Examines Antimicrobial Resistance, Access To Effective Antibiotics

News outlets report on a new series, titled “Access to effective antimicrobials: a worldwide challenge,” published online Wednesday by The Lancet. CIDRAP News: Experts press for wider scope, evidence in drug resistance battle “Focused attention on antimicrobial resistance, underscored by coordinated global and national awareness campaigns this week, is welcome,…

U.S. Should Take Action To End Drug-Resistant TB

Los Angeles Times: Do we have the will to stop TB? Caitlin Reed, director of the Inpatient Tuberculosis Unit at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and assistant professor of infectious diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine “…Both [extensively drug-resistant (XDR) and multi-drug resistant (MDR)] TB spring from the same…

News Outlets Continue To Report On WHO Survey On Antibiotics, Drug Resistance

News outlets continue to discuss a survey, released Monday by the WHO at the beginning of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, showing widespread public misunderstanding of antimicrobial resistance. Agence France-Presse: ‘Dangerously high’ antibiotic resistance levels worldwide: WHO (Larson, 11/16). CIDRAP News: WHO survey shows antibiotic resistance myths common (Schnirring,…

‘More And Better Data’ Needed To Understand Impact Of Antimicrobial Resistance

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Antimicrobial Resistance — A Global Imperative Benjamin J. Park, chief of the CDC’s International Infection Control Program, discusses how “[t]he rise of super-resistant organisms threatens the successes of modern medicine, including our ability to treat common infections, and poses a significant economic and public health challenge.”…

WHO Launches First World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Releases Survey Showing Widespread Public Misunderstanding Of Issue

News outlets discuss the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week and a new survey from the WHO showing widespread public misunderstanding of antimicrobial resistance. International Business Times: First World Antibiotic Awareness Week: WHO Launches A Campaign For Better Use Of Antibiotics “…To stress the global need to use antibiotics wisely, the…

Drug-Resistant TB Case In U.S. Child Highlights Difficulties In Diagnosing, Treating Disease

Associated Press: Rare TB case shows difficulty diagnosing, treating children “…Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a global health threat, and it’s particularly challenging for young children who are harder even to diagnose, much less treat. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are reporting how they successfully treated one of the few tots…

Political Will, Sustained Investments Needed To Address Antibiotic Resistance In Africa, World

The Conversation: Africa has a long way to go to close the gap on antibiotic resistance Sabiha Essack, South African research chair in antibiotic resistance and professor in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal “…The burden of antibiotic resistance [in Africa] is … under-estimated. African countries don’t have comprehensive…

Rise Of Antimicrobial Resistance Spurred By Substandard Medicines, AEI Scholar Warns

American Enterprise Institute: A ‘perfect storm’ for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria Roger Bate, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author, discusses “new global substandard medicines — caused by inferior ingredients or inadequate production techniques — that are driving a new wave of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). ……

Physicians, Scientists Call On President Obama To Release Plan For Drug-Resistant TB

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Wanted: A plan for drug-resistant TB, and funds to make it work Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses a letter written by 600 physicians and scientists, which called on President Obama to release a plan and budget proposal for…

Blog Post Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: repurposing ivermectin to fight malaria, LED lights against dengue fever, rapid diagnostics to slow antimicrobial resistance, and more Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights recent news in global health research, including results from a study that suggest ivermectin could be used in…

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