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NEWS FLASH: ANTIBIOTICS RESISTANCE ON THE RISE

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that was originally effective for treatment of infections caused by it.

Resistant microorganisms (including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites) are able to withstand attack by antimicrobial drugs, such as antibacterial drugs (e.g., antibiotics), antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that standard treatments become ineffective and infections persist, increasing the risk of spread to others.

In its global survey of the resistance problem, WHO said it found very high rates of drug-resistant E. coli bacteria, which causes problems. WHO’s report also found worrying rates of resistance in other bacteria, including common causes of pneumonia and gonorrhea.

In 2012, there were about 450 000 new cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has been identified in 92 countries. Resistance to earlier generation antimalarial drugs is widespread in most malaria-endemic countries.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

People can help tackle resistance by:

· using antibiotics only when they are prescribed by a certified health professional;

· completing the full treatment course, even if they feel better;

· never sharing antibiotics with others or using leftover prescriptions.

Source: WHO

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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