Chemical found in toothpaste, soap may double women’s chances of osteoporosis

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds study

A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it’s been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular microbiologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. “It’s a World Health Organization and CDC-recognised superbug,” Stinear said. “In the hospital it is already […]

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Antimicrobial resistance

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics might kill 10 million people in 2050

  Antibiotics only work to treat conditions caused by bacteria, not those caused by viruses. Antibiotics may also kill some protective bacteria, and may cause some harmful side-effects. These harms alone are reason enough to avoid unnecessary antibiotic use; some bacterial infections resolve without treatment. But there is also the risk of antibiotic resistance. Germs […]

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Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Asia, warn studies

Multidrug-resistant forms of Plasmodium falciparum parasites, the most lethal species causing human malaria, have evolved even higher levels of resistance to antimalarial drugs and spread rapidly since 2015, becoming firmly established in multiple regions of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, where they are causing alarmingly high treatment failure rates to a widely used frontline malaria […]

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No more plump chickens on your plate, govt bans colistin in poultry industry

We all are familiar with the white-feathered chickens which are the common primary ingredient of the most loved chicken meals which are eaten across households as a Sunday afternoon meal. The component that gives chicken their extra plumpness will soon be banned across India. Colistin is a valuable, last-resort antibiotic that saves lives in critical […]

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Mumbai: FDA takes action against chemists for selling antibiotics without prescription

A number of times, it is witnessed that patients directly give antibiotics to patients without the patient handing over a doctor’s prescription. Due to this antibiotic resistance is caused due to overuse of antibiotics. People even tend to self-medicate which in turn is harmful to health. Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial […]

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women selling fish

Fish slime could be a potential source of antibiotics, finds study

The results of the study were presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition. Lead researcher Sandra Loesgen from the Oregon State University, in a statement said, “We believe the microbes in the mucus add chemistry to the antiseptic power of the mucus and that new bioactive compounds might be […]

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Soon doctors to use Indian guidelines for antibiotic prescription

The first India-centric guidelines are prepared for antibiotic prescription in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Soon, the doctors leading ICUs will use Indian and not Western guidelines for prescribing antibiotics. Recently, the India-specific ‘Guidelines for Antibiotic Prescription in Intensive Care Unit’ was released by the Indian Critical Care Medicine Society (ICCM). Of the 40-doctor committee, […]

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Effective tips to boost your child’s immunity naturally

There’s not a more opportune moment to start thinking about boosting your child’s immune system than now. A strong immune system helps fight disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, virus, and fungi. On the whole, it creates a shield that protects your child against diseases. We look at 10 simple ways by which you can boost […]

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