Use honey to treat a cough instead of antibiotics, advise health experts

Doctors are to be told to promote honey and over-the-counter remedies as the go-to treatment for coughs rather than antibiotics. They will be told not to offer the drugs in most cases and to instead encourage patients to use self-care products, under new draft guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice)

Use honey to treat a cough instead of antibiotics, advise health expertsHoney and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to […]

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds study

Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds studyA 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 […]

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050

Though it may prove to be the most damaging, this superbug scare is certainly not the first time humans have been the architects of their own health troubles. Resistant infections including new strains of E. coli, malaria, and tuberculosis caused an estimated 700,000 deaths globally this year; it is mankind's enemy number one

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050Some ailments have been global terrors for a very long time — heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, for example. Infectious diseases have always been a formidable threat in areas without access to certain medicines, but after the discovery of antibiotics, developed countries significantly dropped the rate at which infectious diseases killed people. These diseases are […]

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance ‘one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today’

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?Bacteria are an integral part of our ecosystem and we share our bodies with many of these tiny creatures. However, they can be the root of serious health problems. There are roughly as many human cells as bacterial cells in our bodies, and our microscopic passengers pay their way by helping our immune system and […]

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policy

The government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. Doctors feel that it was long overdue. According to doctors, the rising antibiotic resistance had affected treatment of community acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infections and typhoid the most. The doctors’ welcome state’s decision to have an antibiotic policy in place

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policyMoving forward in order to get its own antibiotic policy the Maharashtra state government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. The committee will submit the first draft of the policy two weeks’ time. Maharashtra will become the second state in India, after Kerala, to get an antibiotic policy in […]

India prepares comprehensive action plan to fight with Anti-microbial resistance

In alignment with global action plan, India’s action plan has objectives of enhancing awareness, strengthening surveillance, improving rational use of antibiotics, reducing infections and promoting research

India prepares comprehensive action plan to fight with Anti-microbial resistance“Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health, which requires action across all government sectors and society. Single, isolated interventions have limited impact and coordinated action is required to minimise the emergence and spread of anti-microbial resistance.” states JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the ‘Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR […]