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Children’s hospitals more likely to give recommended antibiotics for pneumonia

Kids with pneumonia may be more likely to receive recommended antibiotics when they’re treated at a children’s hospital than when they’re seen elsewhere, a U.S. study suggests. While milder cases of pneumonia may clear up without treatment, antibiotics are recommended for more serious cases that can lead to potentially fatal lung infections. Since 2011, U.S. guidelines have recommended so-called narrow spectrum antibiotics - penicillin, amoxicillin, and ampicillin - for kids hospitalized for pneumonia. For the study,…

G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance

BERLIN: Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018. Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an "important breakthrough" that all nations had agreed to address the problem and work towards obligatory prescriptions for antibiotics. Saying that globalisation caused infectious diseases to spread more quickly…

UN wants new drugs against twelve supergerms

PARIS: The UN's health agency urged governments, scientists and pharma companies Monday to create new drugs to tackle 12 antibiotics-resistant supergerms threatening an explosion of incurable disease. For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily-treatable infections into serial killers. "Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options," said Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of the WHO, which previously…

US woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics

MIAMI: A US woman has died from an infection that was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics, health officials said this week, raising new concerns about the rise of dangerous superbugs. The woman, who was in her 70s, died in Nevada in September, and had recently been hospitalized in India with fractured leg bones, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The cause of death was sepsis, following infection from a rare bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which is…

UN sets its sights on drug-resistant superbugs

The meeting will bring together heads of government and senior health officials on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly -- a forum for global crises where such health issues rarely figure on the agenda. Under a draft document, the governments will look to commit themselves to bolster controls over antibiotics, to step up awareness over the problem and to encourage research in alternative treatments. The World Health Organization hopes that the meeting will attract and public money globally to curb the…