Controling AMR

Context: A One Health approach is necessary to control antimicrobial resistance. More on news: India an important locus for the generation of resistance genes: The multi-drug resistance determinant, New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1), emerged from this region and spread globally. The containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India: It is central to the global effort to address this threat.… Continue reading Controling AMR

Govt bans use of antibiotic Colistin in animal feed, poultry, aqua farms

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an order prohibiting the manufacture, sale and distribution of colistin and its formulations for food producing animals, poultry and aqua farms. Colistin is a polypeptide antibiotic from the group of polymyxins. It is predominantly used in veterinary medicine in the treatment of intestinal diseases as well… Continue reading Govt bans use of antibiotic Colistin in animal feed, poultry, aqua farms

Plants may be spreading superbugs to humans

According to a new study by University of Southern California (USC), antibiotic-resistant bacteria could be transmitted to humans through consumption of plant foods. The study has noted that plant foods serve as vehicles for spreading antibiotic resistance to the gut microbiome. In an experiment conducted on mice, researchers observed that superbugs (antibiotic resistant bacteria) hid… Continue reading Plants may be spreading superbugs to humans

Most healthy Indians resistant to common antibiotics: Study

A study published by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found antibiotic resistant organisms in the digestive tracts of 2 out of every 3 healthy persons that it tested. The study was based on analysis of stool samples of 207 individuals who had not taken any antibiotic for at least a month and… Continue reading Most healthy Indians resistant to common antibiotics: Study

Drug resistant diseases could kill 10 million a year by 2050

A Report released by the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, has said that drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050. The report has further added that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty. It has also noted that antimicrobial resistance… Continue reading Drug resistant diseases could kill 10 million a year by 2050

Magic milk: fighting infections with a clue from the echidna

Scientists at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) have isolated an anti-microbial protein found in the milk of Echidnas. According to scientists, the new finding could be an alternative to antibiotics used on livestock. The research has been published in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes.… Continue reading Magic milk: fighting infections with a clue from the echidna

Fungus immune to drugs is secretly sweeping the globe

A mysterious and dangerous fungal infection called Candida auris has emerged around the world. The infection has been reported predominantly among patients in healthcare facilities. Candida auris is a fungus that when gets into bloodstream causes serious infections and can life threatening. The fungus was first identified in 2009 in a patient in Japan. Increasing… Continue reading Fungus immune to drugs is secretly sweeping the globe