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Joint Statement / Call to Action on AMR open for endorsements now!

European Public Health Alliance, 28th November 2017

As part of the European Commission's Health Policy Platform, EPHA has produced a Joint Statement and Call to Action on AMR together with partner organisations active in different One Health domains. We rely on your support to distribute the statement and call as widely as possible and encourage you to endorse them before 10 January 2018!
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Romania, leading the EU in consumption of antibiotics. Authorities neglect the situation

Romanian Health Observatory (ORS), November 2017

A new report by EPHA members the Romanian Health Observatory deplores the stagnation of activities against AMR by relevant authorities in Romania. Overconsumption of antibiotics continues to be a problem attributed to many issues, including non-prescription availability, irresponsible prescribing, questionable promotion methods and inadequate governance and corruption in the health system.
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Register now for AMR event 30th January

European Public Health Alliance, 11th December 2017

On 30 January 2018, EPHA together with Changing Markets Foundation and the European Environmental Bureau, will be organising an event at the European Parliament that will convene international experts on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment and AMR to establish a closer link between these two evolving policy discussions. Hosted by MEPs Schreijer-Pierik (EPP, NL) and Caputo (S&D, IT) the event will discuss the causes and effects of pollution related to irresponsible use and disposal in Europe (e.g. damage to water ecosystems) and their mass production in third countries (e.g. industrial pollution in India). What solutions are available, and how can Europe help solve the problem?


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European & International Organisations

Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance through Social Theory

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, 14th November 2017

This report introduces a range of traditional and contemporary theory, primarily from anthropology, and crucially demonstrates how these theories can be usefully applied to addressing AMR.
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Reporting on veterinarian antibiotics usage since 2012

RIVM, 20th November 2017

The Dutch RIVM released a report on whether the decrease of antibiotics usage in animals has led to the decrease of AMR levels among humans. The document provides insight into developments since 2012 and impacts of veterinarian antibiotics usage on humans.
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International Media

New defense against AMR on molecular level

The Wall Street Journal, 5th December 2017

Scientist in the United States have found alternative ways to fight AMR on a molecular level by means of using a biological tool called Crispr-Cas 9, which edits DNA. Crispr can be engineered to target only bacteria with drug-resistant genes while ignoring healthy bacteria 
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Living in a world of emerging microbial resistance

Hindu Times (India), 9th December 2017

This article speaks about the Indian 2017 National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and focuses on limiting antibiotics in effluent being dumped by drug makers into the environment.
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Phage therapy: revival of the bygone antimicrobial

The Lancet, 9th December 2017

The idea of using bacteriophages as vectors for antimicrobial therapy has existed for decades, but development towards clinical application still lags behind. This report reviews the concept of phage therapy.
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National Media

Antibiotics - Hold on a sec, please!

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), 6th December 2017

There can be much value in breaking habits and thinking more closely about the decision to prescribe or ask for antibiotics. WHO's "Think twice, seek advice" campaign provides a good example of the need to delay using antibiotics based on more accurate information. Both physicians and patients should benefit from better education with this regard.

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Nearly 300 cases of nosocomial infections in Dolj County alone

Gazeta de Sud (Romania), 23th November 2017

Romania remains among the countries with the highest consumption of antibiotics in Europe and the incidence of hospital infections is also very high. Over the past 9 months, nearly 300 cases of infections associated with medical care and AMR have been detected in Dolj county hospitals. 
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New antibiotics also kill resistant bacteria

Sverigesradio (Sweden), 27th November 2017

In this audio recording for Swedish radio, Thomas Tengten of ReAct / University of Uppsala expresses his hope that new antibiotics will soon become available for use in medical care. 
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Why over-medication with antibiotics makes your child vulnerable

El Pais (Spain), 17th November 2017

Spanish paediatricians struggle trying to explain to parents why antibiotics do not work against all kinds of infections. In addition, they make a huge effort to raise awareness of AMR and irresponsible use of antibiotics.
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Life expectancy has dropped because of AMR says the Office for National Statistics 

The Telegraph (United Kingdom), 1st December 2017

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses predictions about how medicine and science will affect life expectancy. Recently, this body has revised its projections down wards and states that resistance plays a part in this.

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