Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

London (AFP) – A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year….

In the United States, antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

It found the region with the highest number of deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance would be Asia with 4.7 million, followed by Africa with 4.1 million, while there would be 390,000 in Europe and 317,000 in the United States.

For comparison, the review estimated that the second-biggest killer, cancer, would account for 8.2 million deaths a year by 2050.

“The damaging effects of antimicrobial resistance are already manifesting themselves across the world,” the report said.

“Antimicrobial-resistant infections currently claim at least 50,000 lives each year across Europe and the US alone,” it added.

It warned drug resistance was not “a distant and abstract risk” and called for “a major intervention to avert what threatens to be a devastating burden on the world’s healthcare systems”.

It said that three types of bacteria — the Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus — were already showing signs of resistance to medicine.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/antibiotics-resistance-could-kill-10-million-2050-191117894.html

Antibiotics no help against most sinus infections: study

Antibiotics don’t help fight most sinus infections, although doctors routinely prescribe them for that purpose, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers whose work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that antibiotics didn’t ease patients’ symptoms or get them back to work any sooner than an inactive placebo pill.

Antibiotics are known to fuel the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria and experts have grown increasingly worried about overuse.

 

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-sinustre81e055-20120214,0,1406059.story

http://in.news.yahoo.com/antibiotics-no-help-against-most-sinus-infections-study-021252246.html

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/features/article/antibiotics-no-help-against-most-sinus-infections-says-study/