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WHO to vote on formalising a legally binding pandemic agreement; The latest health stories from around the world

At the end of May, 194 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet for the World Health Assembly. Negotiations underway now will determine whether they vote then to adopt a pandemic agreement. www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adq1055?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&et_rid=785235729&et_cid=5199970  For the past 2 years, discussions have focused on spelling out essential components of a robust and equitable architecture […]

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Experimental malaria prevention proves effective; The latest health stories from around the world

A single dose of an experimental antibody drug protects children from malaria for up to 6 months, according to a clinical study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. www.science.org/content/article/injectable-antibody-drug-protects-children-malaria-mali-trial? The therapy, an injectable monoclonal antibody called L9LS that has already shown success in adults, reduced infections and clinical disease in 6- to

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Texas reports first confirmed case of bird flu in humans; The latest health stories from around the world

Texas officials today issued a “health alert” about the first confirmed case of a human infection with a bird influenza virus that has found its ways into dairy cows in the US. The worker developed conjunctivitis, a mild eye infection that frequently occurs when avian influenza viruses jump into humans. www.science.org/content/article/us-dairy-farm-worker-infected-as-bird-flu-spreads-to-cows-in-five-states?  The case is the latest surprise

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Oncologist Monica Bertagnolli assigned as Director of US NIH; The latest health stories from around the world

At last, the world’s largest biomedical research agency has a permanent leader. The U.S. Senate recently voted 62-36 to confirm oncologist to direct the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). https://www.science.org/content/article/u-s-senate-confirms-monica-bertagnolli-nih-director? The confirmation of Bertagnolli, who is expected to be sworn in within days replacing acting Director Lawrence Tabak, brings relief to the biomedical research

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Gonorrhoea designated “priority pathogen” following increase in antibiotic resistance; The latest health stories from around the world

Gonorrhoea is an old affliction. The book of Leviticus mentions a contagious condition involving the continuous emission of semen and a painful erection. Only 2,500 years later, in the mid-20th century, did the discovery of antibiotics bring relief.  But not, perhaps, for long. Decades of exposure to antibiotics have led N. gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes the disease,

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Using Fewer Antibiotics Isn’t Always the Best Way to Curb Resistance

This article is taken from European Biopharmaceutical Review April 2022, pages 23-26. © Samedan Ltd While the over-prescription of antibiotics is causing increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance  (AMR) within the developed world, the lack of access to treatments in lower income countries is just  as much of a global concern  By Mark Chataway at Hyderus 

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AMR: The silent, parallel pandemic

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a “silent pandemic”, commentators argue, as experts argue for a harmonised approach to mitigate the damage. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed substantially to the AMR crisis, with the prescription of antibiotics for the treatment of those affected by COVID-19 contributing to an increase in AMR cases. This is a

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COVID-19 fuelling antibiotic resistance

India has long dealt with the encroaching danger of antibiotic resistance. Has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this situation? Reports indicate the answer is yes. India’s second wave of COVID-19 came at a far faster pace than the initial rise in cases in the country. As such, health systems across the country were overwhelmed – many

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Diphtheria threat increasing as infection evolves antimicrobial resistance

Diphtheria’s threat is increasing as the easily-preventable infection, usually treated with antibiotics and vaccines, is evolving with antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) strains, posing a risk that the disease may once again become a major global challenge.  This is according to an international team of researchers from the UK and India. They conducted the study using genomics to

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Antimicrobial Awareness Week begins: What it means for India

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues of our time. With today marking the commencement of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, it is worthwhile examining what antimicrobial resistance is and what it means for India. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines antimicrobial resistance as “when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites resist the

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