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Dangerous Rise in Antibiotics Resistance

Posted Jul 27 2013 10:08pm
Posted on July 24, 2013, 6 a.m. in Infection Protection
Dangerous Rise in Antibiotics Resistance

When used judiciously, antibiotics provide life-saving protection against bacterial infections. Yet, bacteria are highly adaptable and are capable of mutating to become resistant – an effect that is largely accelerated by the widespread misuse of antibiotics.. In its first Report on Antimicrobial Consumption in Europe, the The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC; Sweden) observes an increasing trend in consumption of antibacterials for systemic use, with 90% of such use taking place in the community – that is, outside hospitals. Consequently, the ECDC data shows a significant rise of resistance to multiple antibiotics in Kiebsiella pneumonia and E. coli since 2010.  

K Weist; on behalf of the ESAC-Net participants and the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infections (ARHAI) programme at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).  “ECDC publishes its first data on antimicrobial consumption in Europe.”  Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 10, 7 March 2013.

  
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Tip #192 - Stay Connected
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• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.

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• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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