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Mar 23, 2012

Mar 23, 2012

Experts seek greater push to stop drug-resistant TB

(CIDRAP News) – Tuberculosis (TB) experts who met in Geneva this week said the global TB community needs to step up the fight against drug resistance and increase appropriate care and treatment "to avoid a scenario where TB becomes incurable," the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Mar 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

IDSA: Antibiotics not needed for most sinus infections

(CIDRAP News) – More than 90% of sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, a common practice that can increase bacterial resistance to the drugs, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said in new guidelines released today.

Mar 20, 2012

Mar 20, 2012

Drug resistance, lack of vaccine top list of TB challenges

(CIDRAP News) – The tuberculosis toll in Europe continued a slow overall decline in 2010, but the treatment success rate for the disease is slipping as drug-resistant strains of TB grow more common, according to a report released today by the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mar 15, 2012

Mar 15, 2012

Groups aim to increase antimicrobial stewardship

(CIDRAP News) – Infectious-disease specialty groups are teaming up to call for increased use of antimicrobial stewardship programs, saying such efforts can help preserve the effectiveness of anti-infective drugs while reducing medical costs.

Mar 08, 2012

Mar 08, 2012

IDSA proposes fast-track system for limited-use antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – As part of its effort to shore up the waning supply of effective antimicrobials, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has proposed a streamlined approval pathway for antibiotics intended for special classes of patients who lack other treatment options.

Mar 06, 2012

Mar 06, 2012

CDC report exposes out-of-hospital C diff threats

(CIDRAP News) – Other healthcare settings besides hospitals play a larger role than previously thought in the spread of sometimes-fatal Clostridium difficile infections, according an analysis today of new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 05, 2012

Mar 05, 2012

Report cites mixed data on resistant bacteria in poultry, meat

(CIDRAP News) – A new US government report shows that the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in retail poultry and meat samples in 2010 varied greatly depending on the type of bacteria and meat, with resistant Salmonella in chicken breasts one of the more common findings.

Feb 23, 2012

Feb 23, 2012

Coalition pleads for incentives to swell antibiotic pipeline

(CIDRAP News) – A coalition of 51 medical and health groups is urging congressional leaders to act within the next few months to boost the development of new antibiotics, saying the ongoing loss of effective ones due to bacterial resistance is becoming a crisis.

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