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Antibiotic resistance: 'Good' hand washing prevents common infections!

Antibiotic resistance: 'Good' hand washing prevents common infections!

Good hand washing practices can help reduce our risk or prevent the spread of common infections.

Antibiotics: How do they work, affect your body?

Antibiotics: How do they work, affect your body?

Antibiotics, also called antibacterials, are powerful drugs that fight bacterial infections and can save lives when used properly. 

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 – November 14–20

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 – November 14–20

The week from November 14 to 20 is being observed as the World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016. The aim of the programme is to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance among the general public, health workers and policy makers about antibiotic resistance and to avoid further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. 

Kids recovering from complex pneumonia can breathe sigh of relief

Kids recovering from complex pneumonia can breathe sigh of relief

 A study published in Pediatrics journal has suggested that children recovering from complex pneumonia can be discharged from the hospital with oral instead of intravenous antibiotics.

Antibiotics to be used to prevent infections before and during surgery only: WHO

Antibiotics to be used to prevent infections before and during surgery only: WHO

The guidelines also said people preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but should not be shaved.

How antibiotic-resistance are making kidney infections more deadly

Pyelonephritis -- infection of the kidney usually caused by E. coli bacteria and which can start as a urinary tract infection -- causes fever, back pain and vomiting. 

New star-shaped polymers may spell end for antibiotics

The star-shaped structures, are short chains of proteins called 'peptide polymers', and were created by a team from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering.

Early life exposure to antibiotics can cause allergies in late ages

The increased risk of eczema due to early life use of antibiotics varied from 15 percent to 41 percent depending on the type of study analysed.

Overuse of antibiotics harming India's fight against TB: The Lancet

India, which is facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world, is also the world's largest consumer of antibiotics, say researchers of Indian-origin in a study, conducted to determine whether pharmacies have contributed to the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Antibiotics increases Type 1 diabetes risk in children

A new research has found that the commonly-prescribed drug can significantly increase the risk for Type 1 diabetes in children. So, parents should be extra careful while giving antibiotics to them.

How a protein boosts immune system to fight pneumonia

Researchers have determined how a protein can boost immune system's ability to battle pneumonia.

Can antibiotics slow Alzheimer's progression?

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that long-term antibiotic treatment in mice decreases levels of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Antibiotics may boost harmful gut bacteria

Gastroenteritis is a common side effect of taking antibiotics.

Superbugs could annihilate humans every 3 seconds by 2050

The battle against infections that are resistant to drugs is one the world is losing rapidly and has been described as "as big a risk as terrorism".

Giving infants antibiotics elevates risk of childhood obesity

Administration of 3 or more courses of antibiotics before kids reach 2 years of age is associated with an elevated risk of childhood obesity as antibiotics are known to promote weight gain.

Here's how India can fight rising antibiotic resistance

Authors noted that over-the-counter access to antibiotics is a problem, but regulations to restrict access have to be balanced against the need to maintain access for the significant proportion of the population that lacks access to doctors.

WHO seeks measures against declining efficacy of antibiotics

According to the WHO, when an antibiotic is used, bacteria that can resist that antibiotic have a greater chance of survival than those that are susceptible.

Using antibiotics may lead to mental confusion

The study, published online in the journal Neurology, identified three types of delirium and other brain problems related to antibiotics.

Some heart disease drugs, antibiotics may help in treating cancer

According to a new study, published in the journal Cancer Research, researchers have identified drugs that showed promising perspectives in treatment of cancer.

Novel nanotherapy may beat antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'

Previous research has shown that metal nanoparticles - created from gold and silver, among other metals - can be effective at combating antibiotic resistant infections, but can indiscriminately damage surrounding cells as well.