Universal Health Coverage Day: if a pandemic can’t show the value of a robust global health system, what will?

10th December 2020

The 12th of December is International Universal Health Coverage Day, marked by the United Nations each year as a moment to raise awareness of the need for strong, sustainable and resilient health systems that ensure all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship.

Antimicrobial Resistance: A preventable crisis in the making

24th November 2020

It’s a truly terrifying moment when you come to understand that the world is losing one of its most powerful tools in healthcare: Antibiotics...

Superbugs are a global emergency – it’s time to respond

19th November 2020

Superbugs – microbes that cause infections that are difficult or impossible to treat — are one of the biggest threats we face. They kill someone in the world every 45 seconds. That means by the time you finish reading this article, at least five more families will have lost a loved one. But there’s hope. Across the globe, community projects are doing what they can to stop superbugs – they just need us to lend a hand...

Spreading the word about superbugs: why we need to think outside the box when it comes to the AMR message

10th November 2020

Antibiotic resistant infections, or ‘superbugs’, are one of the gravest threats we face. They already cause more than 750,000 deaths every year - or around one person every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the issue, recognition remains low, especially amongst the general public. In this post, Edwin Panford-Quainoo explores how scientists, academics and health professionals can do more to spread the message about drug-resistant infections.

Plummeting number of UTI diagnoses since the advent of COVID brings huge uncertainty to the management of serious infections in vulnerable patients

4th November 2020

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) cause misery to millions every year, with around half of all women experiencing at least one UTI in their lifetime. Usually, they are simple to treat. Clinicians prescribe antibiotics empirically whilst awaiting the results of a urine culture. Yet the disruption to primary care caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has given rise to some troubling trends...

UTIs and AMR: How wee can stem the rise of drug resistant superbugs

27th October 2020

Up to 1.2 million women in Britain suffer from chronic – long-term – lower urinary tract (UTI) infections. Every year, UTIs are responsible for 184,000 unplanned hospital admissions, which cost the NHS around £434m to treat. Yet all too often, these infections are treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, which only treat the symptoms not the underlying causes. In this post, Giovanna Forte, CEO of Forte Medical, talks about her own experiences with a chronic UTI infection, and the simple solution she hopes can bring relief to all...

Aspergillosis: how environment pollution helped transform a fungal infection into a drug-resistant superbug

13th October 2020

When we talk about superbugs, much of the focus tends to be on drug-resistant bacterial infections. Yet the drugs we use to treat fungal infections are also beginning to fail, with devastating implications for our health. In this post, Jill Fairweather from the Aspergillosis Trust talks about how a ‘hidden’ fungal infection is already impacting patients’ lives and how environmental pollution is making a bad situation even worse...

Antibiotic resistance and dentistry: Drilling to the root of the problem

6th October 2020

Antibiotic-resistant infections, which already kill hundreds of thousands of people every year, are on the rise around the world, with the World Health Organisation noting that the situation requires ‘urgent action across all sectors’. With as many as one-in-ten prescriptions for antibiotics written by dentists, Dr Wendy Thompson, an academic general dental practitioner and a leading advocate for the safe and responsible use of antibiotics, explores what the dental industry are doing to meet the challenge...

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