Why this charity is far from spent, despite the funding crisis

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Lockdown has meant the cancellation of face-to-face fundraising events. Allied to donors having less money in their pockets and even grants boards being unable to meet, this has resulted in the most difficult time for charity fundraisers since the economic crash of 2008. But then Antibiotic Research UK’s fundraising team has a tenacious leader in Dr Alison Staples, whose stoicism …

Dexamethasone for COVID-19 patients

Dexamethasone: evidence-based treatment for hospitalised COVID-19 patients

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Often, new diseases are treated using existing medicines for other conditions. This allows us to move more quickly than if we were to develop and test a new treatment, but with so many possible candidates the process must be based in science. Dexamethasone use for COVID-19 patients shows this process at its best. In a previous article we explored the …

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Health outcomes for people from BAME communities

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Current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd in America, have shone a much-needed spotlight on some of the issues that disproportionately affect health outcomes for people from BAME communities. Research has consistently shown that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds experience worse health outcomes than Caucasian people do – in a wide …

Hydroxychloroquine – how the principles of clinical pharmacology seem to have been ignored

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

This anti-malarial drug has been making headlines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it is not an effective treatment. So why has it received so much attention, and what can we learn from it? As the true extent of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent and scientists scrambled to find a treatment, one familiar name seemed to stand out …

Jill who wants to tackle antibiotic resistance

How Hong Kong made Jill want to tackle antibiotic resistance

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Seeing antibiotics dispensed without prescription in Hong Kong made Jill Rogers aware of antibiotic resistance – as far back as the 1970s. Now, the prospect of taking the drugs every day has prompted Jill to join our ranks. Read her say on what should be done to tackle antibiotic resistance: “I became partially immunocompromised due to surgery, which included loss …

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Home Test Kits For Covid-19 – should I buy them, do they work?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

You will have heard a lot over the past few weeks about home test kits for COVID-19, the numbers of test carried out each day by the government, and test centres across the UK. Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to carry out a test at home? You’d get a quick result to know if 1) if you …

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Let’s reach out and find out. BAME lives matter

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There’s a troubling trend forming between COVID-19 and BAME communities. Data from America’s Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation and the UK Office for National Statistics shows that deaths within the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities from COVID-19, far outweigh those in other groups. Antibiotic Research UK’s Peter Gibson also works with the Asian Business Leaders initiative …

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Dentist Sarah Glover an Education Committee member writes about current dentistry antibiotic use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Sarah, a member of the charity’s Education Committee and a highly experienced dental practitioner and teacher writes; “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dental practices in the UK were instructed to stop all routine dental care during lock down. Dentists were instructed that dental emergencies should be managed with advice, analgesia and antibiotics (AAA) and there should be no face to …

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A change for the better at the surgery?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

A new survey by our friends at MGP (1) shows that GP practices and COVID-19 have changed the way we approach care. Practices are doing far more telephone triage, online appointments and telephone consultations. But their report states that many medics are uneasy with the lack of face-to-face appointments. Plus, what does this mean for antibiotic prescribing – especially at …

Roche's blood antibody tests

Blood antibody tests to tell if you have had a COVID-19 infection

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

It has been announced today by the UK government that Public Health England has evaluated Roche’s blood antibody tests for detecting if a person has been infected with COVID-19. They have approved the use of the test for general population screening. Roche are the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company and are acknowledged as world leaders in diagnostic testing. The test is …

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Frontline COVID-19 nurse has concerns about drug-resistance

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Meet the latest addition to our Patient Support service, Jodie Christie, one of the heroic health carers who has been looking after seriously ill patients with the coronavirus. It has been a sometimes-traumatic experience, but the dedicated nurse who travels 74 miles to and from work at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, considers herself fortunate to be employed at such a well-prepared …

Nurse Mary Seacole

Nurse Mary Seacole – who was she?

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

As we commemorate International Nursing Day (12 May 2020) and the contribution of nurses to helping the sick particularly in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the name of Florence Nightingale immediately springs to mind. Nurse Nightingale was a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War (1853-1856) and is rightly regarded as the founder of modern nursing. …

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Remembering Florence, the Matriarch of Modern Nursing

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Our charity’s media consultant Peter Gibson is remembering Florence Nightingale. He asks whether the most famous daughter of Derby’s contribution to healthcare on the home front has been forgotten and also wonders – what the matriarch of modern nursing would have made of today’s attempts at infection control? “Today (Tuesday 12 May 2020) at the height of a major modern …

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From Fighting for Freedom to Fighting Drug-Resistance to Save Modern Medicine – Part Two

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Volunteer Vicki Joughin, Antibiotic Research UK’s marketing and media consultant wrote in her last article reflecting on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. She explained the importance of penicillin in the fight for freedom and the part it played in helping the Allied Forces achieve victory in Europe. Read it here. Today Vicki focuses on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, …

From Fighting for Freedom to Fighting Drug-Resistance to Save Modern Medicine – Part One

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Vicki Joughin, Antibiotic Research UK’s volunteer marketing and communications consultant considers how we’ve moved from fighting for our freedom to fighting drug resistance. She writes; As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE day, many of us are reflecting on the horrors of war and the loss of life. At Antibiotic Research UK we are also looking back on the …

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COVID-19: all hands on deck, but are we preserving samples for future research?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Many organisations that perform medical and scientific research activities are joining the fight against COVID-19. Others are closed, or running a reduced service. Here’s why we need to make sure biobanking is still a top priority. Biobanking is the process of collecting and safely storing samples of human tissues and fluids for analysis. These can be linked to the patient …

Ronda Windsor who is worried she may succumb to coronavirus

A plaguing thought: will I succumb to Coronavirus?

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Sepsis survivor Ronda Windsor is worried she might succumb to coronavirus. She reveals how a shattering, ongoing infection that has left her immune system floundering, could make her susceptible to a deadly dose of COVID-19. “In late 2018, I acquired a drug-resistant urinary tract infection caused by Citrobacter Koseri during a surgical procedure. This sadly developed into sepsis, and I …

Professor Colin Garner

Infectious disease expert urges Government to make secondary bacterial infections the primary concern in review of death data

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Professor Colin Garner calls on Government to review of death toll data in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak. He  has drawn on initial research from Wuhan, China, as well as retrospective reviews of past Swine Flu and Influenza outbreaks.  Professor Garner asks that the Government investigates and publishes full causes of death instead of merely stating mortalities are “due …

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COVID-19 and secondary bacterial infections: find out what the technical terms and acronyms in the news really mean

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

There are a lot of different technical terms being thrown around in the news at the moment. Just as you think you finally understand something, a new word pops up that seems to complicate things further. Take a look at our coronavirus jargon buster to help you get to grips with pandemic terminology. The virus ARDS: (acute respiratory distress syndrome); …

COVID-19 and secondary bacterial infections

COVID-19 followed by secondary bacterial infections; an often fatal one-two punch

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

It is becoming increasingly clear that people who are weakened by COVID-19 are susceptible to contracting secondary bacterial infections. These can be acquired in hospital and are often resistant to treatment with antibiotics. Here, we explore the facts and figures published so far. A study of 191 hospital patients in Wuhan recorded secondary infections in 50% of those who sadly …