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The language barrier no one is talking about: medical jargon

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The average reading age of adults in the UK is estimated at between 9 and 11 years and nearly 8% of people in the UK do not speak English as their first language. Could we save lives by toning down the medical jargon and explaining things in language everyone understands? Coronavirus, shielding, immunity, vaccination – the medical terms we use …

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Review highlights how antibiotic resistance is spread in low-middle income countries

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A review of nearly 200 studies into the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections has highlighted individual accountability and global action as vital for preventing a global increase in deaths from such infections. In July this year, researchers from France, Lebanon, Italy and South Africa published ‘Drivers of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission in Low- and Middle-Income Countries from a “One Health” Perspective—A Review’ …

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Take action against antibiotic resistance now to avoid a pandemic worse than COVID-19

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We have been working with the pharma giant Pfizer, co-producers of the first vaccine against COVID-19 to help avoid a future pandemic of bacterial antibiotic resistance. Professor Colin Garner (Chief Executive) and Professor Christine Bond (Trustee and Education Committee Chair – Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen) were members of an AMR Taskforce charged with defining how individuals can make a …

Bristol study highlights how reduced antibiotic prescriptions can help reduce antibiotic resistance

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Our charity is increasingly concerned that antibiotic resistant bacterial infections could be forgotten because of the current focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world is focuses on the viral pandemic, the fight against antibiotic resistance cannot be ignored. The public are increasingly visiting our website to learn more about antibiotic resistant infections. Antibiotic resistance is driven by the overuse, …

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How antibiotic resistance affects people with other health conditions

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Antibiotic-resistant infections are bacterial infections that do not respond to treatment with antibiotics. While any one of us could require antibiotics at some point in our life, some people rely on them due to other health conditions. Antibiotic Research UK is dedicated to helping save the future of modern medicine by investing in the development of alternative treatments and finding …

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Hear about the links between COVID-19 and secondary bacterial infections Listen to Professor Alison Holmes Imperial College London talk on this topic

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Our Annual Lecture and AGM event is coming up soon. This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be meeting by Zoom videoconference. Our Annual Lecturer Professor Alison Holmes will be giving a talk titled  ‘Antimicrobial optimisation: Learning from a pandemic and Advances in innovation’. Alison is Professor of Infectious Disease, Imperial College, London. Alison has interests in antibiotic use, …

Antibiotic-resistant infections in BAME communities

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Despite limited research into this area, there is evidence to suggest that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are more likely to get antibiotic-resistant infections. It also indicates that they have worse health outcomes when they do. There are many diverse reasons as to why this might be the case; we explore some of the research so …

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1,000-year-old eye salve recipe shows antibiotic activity

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Antibiotic Research UK is a charity focussed on finding new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections. We are always on the lookout for research that might help save modern medicine. We were intrigued to learn of research published in July 2020 by a team of University of Warwick scientists. The project was led by Dr Jessica Furner-Pardoe, whose research focusses on finding …

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Arlene Brailey our Patient Support service head is interviewed by international pharma company Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) on her role

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Antibiotic Research UK was delighted to be asked by international pharmaceutical giant, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, for an interview. MSD wanted us to describe our patient support activities as part of a MSD series on antibiotic stewardship. Arlene Brailey, head of our Patient Support service, was interviewed by Mark Johnson, MSD on her role in providing help and advice to …

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

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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

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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 …

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Will antibiotic standards in farming be negatively impacted by the Agriculture Bill?

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At the time of writing, a bill is making its way through Parliament called the Agriculture Bill. If passed, it could alter Britain’s current food and agriculture standards detrimentally. The well-known chef Jamie Oliver has written an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing his grave concerns. He believes that the new Bill will negatively impact the nation’s health as …

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

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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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Nurse Mary Seacole – who was she?

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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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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

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

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There are a lot of different technical terms being thrown around in the news about COVID-19 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 …

COVID-19 and secondary bacterial infections

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

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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 …

COVID-19: will bacterial secondary infections become a major cause of death?

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A preliminary report of 191 COVID-19 patients hospitalised in Wuhan showed that 28 of those patients (15%) had bacterial secondary infections. 27 of those 28 patients sadly died. This occurred despite the routine administration of antibiotic to all patients in the study. We do not know if the deaths in this group was due to drug-resistant infection, but it is …