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Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…

Institute Of Medicine Symposium Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: (Guarded) Optimism that the world will begin to deal with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 2014 J. Christopher Daniel, a senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses antimicrobial resistance and a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) symposium on the…

Global Misuse Of Antibiotics Leads To Drug Resistance

GlobalPost: Across the globe, getting antibiotics is barely harder than buying Pepsi “…[T]he more [antibiotics] are used — and the more they are misused, for the wrong ailments or without completing an entire course — the less effective they become. Humanity is fast approaching a ‘post-antibiotic era,’ according to the…

UNITAID Approves $160M For Investments In Hepatitis C, TB, Malaria

UNITAID has committed $160 million in new grants for investments in hepatitis C, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and malaria chemoprevention. According to a press release, “These innovative investments will reduce prices, overcome market barriers to access for patients, and generate crucial data on new products to speed up their introduction for those…

World Must Take Action On Antibiotic Resistance

Washington Post: Time is short to address antibiotic resistance “The World Health Organization came out last week with a warning that resistance to antibiotics has become a ‘major threat to public health.’ … Given the rapid movement of goods and people, a problem for one nation is a problem for…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses ‘Global Threat’ To Public Health, WHO Report Warns

Media outlets highlight the WHO’s first-ever global report on the serious public health threats posed by antibiotic resistance. Associated Press: Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed “Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could…

Antibiotic Treatment For Malnutrition Difficult To Deliver In Remote Areas Of Africa

PRI: Malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa are not getting the life-saving drugs they need “…[T]he World Health Organization last November issued new guidelines for the treatment of severe malnutrition. The WHO said children should be given amoxicillin or a similar antibiotic, along with therapeutic food, as soon as they are…

Opinion Pieces Highlight World Malaria Day, Efforts To Eliminate Disease

The following is a summary of three opinion pieces addressing World Malaria Day 2014. Huffington Post: Top 10 Reasons to Believe Malaria Can Be Defeated in Our Lifetime Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing “In 2008, the malaria community came together to celebrate the first World Malaria Day…

Researchers Test New Ways To Contain Malaria

On World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, media outlets discuss efforts to control the disease. VOA News: Trial: Malaria Chemoprevention Protects Children “The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, has launched a new malaria prevention campaign in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa…

New Drug Regimen Aims To Transform TB Treatment, Improve Health

“The first-ever drug regimen designed to treat both drug-sensitive TB and MDR-TB [multidrug-resistant TB] has reached a critical milestone and will advance to a global Phase III clinical trial — the last, but most important stage of testing before it can be made available,” Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of…