WHO urges countries to take measures to combat antimicrobial resistance

20 AUGUST 2010 | GENEVA — Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – the ability of micro-organisms to find ways to evade the action of the drugs used to cure the infections they cause – is increasingly recognised as a global public health issue which could hamper the control of many infectious diseases. Some bacteria have developed mechanisms which render them resistant to many of the antibiotics normally used for their treatment (multi-drug resistant bacteria), so pose particular difficulties, as there may be few or no alternative options for therapy. They constitute a growing and global public health problem. WHO suggests that countries should be prepared to implement hospital infection control measures to limit the spread of multi-drug resistant strains and to reinforce national policy on prudent use of antibiotics, reducing the generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Drug Resistance – “Super” Bugs

Modern Medicine considers antibiotics to be one the greatest success stories of all time. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin 75 years ago. Antibiotics first became widely used in the World War II era. 50 years+ later, antibiotics are no longer as effective as they were perceived to be. Sir Alexander Fleming predicated this would happen 75 years ago.

Drug resistance happens when germs develop ways to survive the use of medicines meant to kill or weaken them. Yes, bacteria has found ways to outwit…

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German Institute Advises Against Using Nanoscale Silver Ions in Consumer Products

The manufacturers of consumer products have made use of the antimicrobial properties of silver ions for some time now.

To Read Full Story Go  To http://www.flex-news-food.com/console/PageViewer.aspx?page=30540Recently, silver particles in the nanorange have likewise been used. For instance, the surfaces in fridges coated with nanosilver are intended to inhibit the growth of germs and nanosilver aims to prevent odour formation in sports socks. It is not possible at the present time to determine in a definitive manner whether nanosilver constitutes a health risk for consumers…

USDA Detects Antimicrobial-Resistant Genes

Using an advanced genetic screening technique, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service scientists have detected–for the first time–over 700 genes that give microbes like Salmonella and E. coli the ability to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds…..

 
 

Popular Pesticide Triclosan Found to Carry Numerous Health and Environmental Risks

Food & Water Watch and Beyond Pesticides File Petition to FDA to Ban Triclosan for Non-Medical Uses

WASHINGTON – July 14 – Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, in partnership with the public health and environmental activist group Beyond Pesticides, today submitted an amended petition to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that the agency ban the use of the controversial pesticide triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Strong scientific evidence suggests that pervasive use of triclosan poses imminent threats to human health and the environment.

"Numerous scientific studies and reports clearly indicate that in addition to its human health and environmental dangers, triclosan is not effective for many of its intended benefits and may actually be doing consumers more harm than good," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. "Even worse, is that current regulations on triclosan haven't been updated since 1994 and much of the science used by the FDA to regulate the pesticide dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s. The agency's inconsideration of new scientific research on triclosan represents an egregious failure to properly protect the public against this dangerous pesticide."

Regulated by both the FDA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), triclosan is commonly found in hand soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, facial tissues, antiseptics, fabrics, toys, and medical devices. Scientific studies indicate that widespread use of triclosan causes a number of serious health and environmental problems.

Chief among those issues is resistance to antibiotic medications and bacterial cleansers, a problem for all people, but especially vulnerable populations such as infants and the elderly. Triclosan is also a known endocrine disruptor and has been shown to affect male and female reproductive hormones, which could potentially increase risk for breast cancer. Further, the pesticide can also interact with other chemicals to form dioxin and chloroform, thereby exposing consumers to even more dangerous chemicals.

Due to the fact that many products containing triclosan are washed down the drain, triclosan also shows up in water systems and sewage sludge. Accumulation of the pesticide in waterways and soil has been shown to threaten ecosystems and produce hazardous residues in fish and food crops.

"Triclosan's growth to a nearly $1 billion consumer market is indicative of the failure of the FDA to regulate unnecessary, ineffective products that are toxic to both people and the environment," said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. "The marketing of triclosan preys on consumer fears regarding bacterial-born illness, despite the fact that scientific findings show triclosan to be no more effective than soap and water, and may actually cause more harm than good in advancing bacterial resistance."

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