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Raw sewage makes summer swimming hazardous in New York

New Yorkers and tourists tempted to cool off during the current heatwave by plunging into the Hudson River have been warned: it's never been more dangerous. Researchers at Columbia University reported Thursday that antibiotic-resistant bacteria was widespread in the river that flows down the western side of the city, and said that raw sewage was the most likely cause.

People need to get less emotional about antibiotics, Nobel laureate says

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador, Jun 4 (EFE).- People need to talk about excessive use of antibiotics without getting emotional or mixing politics into the discussion, Ada Yonath, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, said. "Perhaps we committed errors in using antibiotics for treating viral diseases ... but we learned that that does not work. We learned a bunch of things ... so it is incorrect to say we are abusing antibiotics," Yonath said. Yonath is one of the scientists participating in the 3rd World Summit on Evolution on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

U.S. government taps GlaxoSmithKline for new antibiotics

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has signed an antibiotics development deal worth up to $200 million with GlaxoSmithKline to tackle the dual threats of drug resistance and bioterrorism. The collaboration, the first of its kind between Washington and a drug company, will allow funding to move around GSK's antibiotics portfolio rather than focusing on a single drug candidate.

Programs to reduce antibiotic use often work

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs that attempt to encourage or force hospital doctors to cut back on prescribing antibiotics achieve that goal and help reduce the number of dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, says a review of past research.

Antibiotics resistance a 'catastrophic' global threat, UK warns

Resistance to antibiotics is a 'catastrophic' global threat and should be ranked alongside terrorism as one of the biggest risks Britain faces, the government's chief medical officer said Monday. Sally Davies called the problem a "ticking time-bomb", saying routine hip operations could become deadly within 20 years if humans lose the ability to fight infections. She said the issue should be put on the government's national risk register, which also includes "catastrophic terrorist attacks" and other civil emergencies.

Antibiotic resistance a "catastrophic threat" -UK medical chief

* Drug-resistant superbugs evolve to evade antibiotics * Strains of almost untreatable TB, gonorrhoea, are emerging * Chief medical officer says future of medicine at threat * Calls for healthcare and pharma industry to act urgently By Kate Kelland

Gonorrhoea cases soar 25 pct in England as superbugs take hold

* Cases soar by 25 percent in England over past year * Overuse of antibiotics fuels drug resistance * Gonorrhoea among most common sexually transmitted diseases * Totally antibiotic-resistant strain found in Japan in 2008 LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Gonorrhoea cases have soared by 25 percent in the past year in England as superbug or drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) take hold worldwide, British health officials said on Wednesday.

Under fire, Thermo Fisher defends its antibiotic test kits

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Thermo Fisher Scientific said it had total confidence in its antibiotic test kits, after an investigation published in a medical journal alleged they did not always contain the right amount of antibiotic. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) said in a report published on Wednesday that Thermo Fisher's British-based Oxoid unit had been selling flawed antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) discs.
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