Scientists discover new mechanisms that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics

Scientists discover new mechanisms that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics

Researchers from one of the College's Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) will be running drop off sessions at South Kensington and Hammersmith campuses as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

"The volume of antibiotics used in animals is continuing to increase worldwide, driven by a growing demand for foods of animal origin, often produced through intensive animal husbandry".

November 13th kicks off World Antibiotics Awareness Week, and Allen County Public Health wants to remind people to "Be Antibiotics Aware" when using them.

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team. And, on February 27, 2017, WHO published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" - a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that WHO claims pose the greatest threat to human health.

Members of the HPRU will also be on hand to provide information about antibiotic resistance and give people the opportunity to play a number of games related to resistance.

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The results indicate younger Australians may be unaware antibiotics are ineffective for these common viral infections. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. "One protected their DNA from the harmful effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and the other prevented doxycyline getting inside bacteria".

In new research released for World Antibiotic Week by independent not-for-profit NPS MedicineWise, a survey of 2509 people revealed 35% of 16- to 24-year-olds ask health professionals for antibiotics when they have colds or flu.

"Although we have known about this gene for many decades, the "nuts and bolts" of how it provides resistance to antibiotics has been hard to pick apart".

Senior author Professor David Grainger said: "We investigated a gene found in bacteria that is involved in resistance to multiple antibiotics".

Among the WHO's the highest priority antibiotics are quinolones, 3rd and higher generation cephalosporins, macrolides and ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins (also known as colistin).

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