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Antibiotic Research UK, coronavirus (COVID-19), bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance

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We are just at the beginning of what might become one of the world’s biggest viral pandemic ever seen. Every day that goes by we are hearing more and more about the impact of this flu pandemic. Why is it happening? Will it go away? How many people will die? Will I get infected? How can I protect myself and …

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, MSD to describe its 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 patients with an antibiotic resistant infection. You can listen …

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

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

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

Colin Garner Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

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 …

Should the boomers be the most dead-icated to beating resistance?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

  The fundraising work of a bunch of brilliant Grateful Dead fans has prompted our communication specialist and erstwhile indie musician Peter Gibson, to ask if more support should stem from the flower power generation – the biggest beneficiaries of antibiotics.  “Every generation likes to lay claim to being the most influential; and given that they did so much to …

Shame on the world for not combating bladder infections

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

Speaking openly about having a urinary tract infection is embarrassing for many people. Yet they afflict around a fifth of the female population and are prone to coming back, again. They are also extremely painful. Jodie Christie from Antibiotic Research UK’s patient support service explains why quack cures should be ignored and new drugs to replace our ageing antibiotics are …

Newly announced UK Government antibiotic reimbursement scheme welcomed – but will it be enough?

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

The UK Government has announced “A pioneering scheme to provide new antibiotics to NHS patients by offering to pay pharmaceutical companies upfront for their work will start this week.” Here is the reaction of our chief executive Professor Colin Garner, to the scheme: “Antibiotic resistance, when infectious bacteria become resistant to antibiotics is an increasing problem around the world. Increases …

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 …

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UK Grateful Dead rock fan leads other Deadheads around the world to raise funds for Antibiotic Research UK

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Chris J, a lifelong Grateful Dead rock fan writes: ‘I run an internet-group for, as we refer to ourselves, Deadheads. Last November we had to virtually relocate our group to a new service provider – and it required a payment of $220 to do so. I solicited funds from group members and we raised the necessary funds. Once we’d reached …

pie chart detailing the breakdown of UK use of antibiotics in humans and animals

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 …

Jill who wants to tackle antibiotic resistance

How Hong Kong made Jill want to tackle antibiotic resistance

Peter Gibson Coronavirus COVID-19

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 …

BAME doctors with patient

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

Peter Gibson Coronavirus COVID-19

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 …

Dentist Sarah Glover talking about dental antibiotics

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 …

Helen who had been misdiagnosed a penicillin allergy

My misery after doctors misdiagnosed a penicillin allergy

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Professional charity fundraiser Helen Osment endured the trauma of hospitalisation and a nasty brush with sepsis. The 34-year-old was misdiagnosed with a penicillin allergy as a child. She was subjected to a myriad of heavy-duty antibiotics which had crippling side effects. Antibiotic use led to bacteria in her body becoming resistant to the drugs. “I was six years old when …

Jodie Christie part of ANTRUK's patient support service

Frontline COVID-19 nurse has concerns about drug-resistance

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

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

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

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 …