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U.S. Begins To Focus Attention On Antibiotic Resistance

Washington Post: The challenge of fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs Editorial Board “When some of the best science minds in the United States say a problem has become ‘dire,’ requires ‘urgent attention,’ is growing at an ‘alarming rate,’ and has become ‘a crisis’ that threatens medicine, economic growth, public health, agriculture, and…

White House Calls For Task Force To Devise Strategy To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

News outlets report on President Barack Obama’s executive order to set up a task force aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, setting a deadline of February 15 for its members to submit a strategy. CNN: President signs order to fight superbugs “The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could lead…

Collaboration Key For Strengthened Health Systems

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Collaboration is key for protecting U.S. investments in global health, say health leaders Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes comments made Wednesday by Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and…

Experts Warn Drug-Resistant Malaria On Thai-Cambodian Border Could Spread

IRIN: ‘Third wave’ of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border “Public health experts and scientists warn history’s third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless ‘radical action’ is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment’s efficacy and pose containment challenges…” (8/29).

Antibiotic Overuse Leads To Drug Resistance In India

Inter Press Service: India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse “In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: ‘Combat Drug Resistance — No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow.’ The slogan was coined in honor of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order…

Researchers Return To Nature In Search Of New Antibiotics, Reuters Reports

Reuters: Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics “…[Researchers are] turning back to nature in the hope that places as extreme as insects’ insides, the depths of the oceans, or the driest of deserts may throw up chemical novelties and lead to new drugs…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 8/18).

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Around Ebola Vaccine Development

Opinion pieces discuss challenges and issues around developing an Ebola vaccine. The Atlantic: An Ebola Vaccine Is Not the Answer Olga Khazan, staff writer for the Atlantic “… [E]ven if a vaccine [for Ebola] works, it would be a stretch to say we could confidently use it to prevent another…

Drug-Resistant Malaria Found Throughout Southeast Asia

NPR: Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia “Back in 2008, doctors in Cambodia made a worrisome discovery. They were having a hard time curing some people of malaria. … Malaria had evolved resistance to the last medicine we have against it, a drug called artemisinin. … A study published Wednesday…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses Dangerous Health Threat

CNN’s “Global Public Square”: Time to act on the ‘other’ health crisis Tracey Guise, CEO of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Laura Piddock, director of Antibiotic Action and professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham “It’s not surprising that international attention has been focused on the ongoing…