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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Antibiotics

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# Coughs and sneezes
'GPs see a lot of coughs at this time of year': HSE warns people off antibiotics to treat coughs
The HSE is reminding people that most coughs should not be treated with antibiotics.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?
It’s here in Ireland, and we look at why.
# Antibiotics
Cranberry juice 'doesn't help clear urinary tract infections'
Put down the glass.
# England
Man with world's first recorded case of treatment-resistant super-gonorrhoea cured
Drugs that are normally effective in treating the disease didn’t initially work for this man.
Opinion: 'Antibiotics don't work for colds, coughs, sore throats or sinus infections'
We are taking more antibiotics than ever before at a time when antibiotic resistance is increasing and not enough new antibiotics are being developed, writes Daragh Connolly.
# new research
Patients should be advised 'to stop treatment when they feel better' instead of full antibiotics course
Taking the full course doesn’t combat antibiotic resistance, according to a paper in the BMJ.
# Superbugs
Explainer: What is Ireland doing to tackle antibiotic resistance?
Misuse and overuse of antibiotics are leading to a dangerous resistance.
# Superbug
Gonorrhoea 'sometimes impossible' to treat due to antibiotic-resistance - WHO
An estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea every year.
# Superbugs
'Epidemics' of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance
Misuse and overuse of medication will “almost certainly lead to a health crisis”, it has been warned.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you take antibiotics for a cold?
Pharmacists have issued a warning about misuse.
# Superbugs
Use antibiotics as a 'quick fix' for a cold? It won't work and could be very damaging
Pharmacists have said misusing and overusing antibiotics is “one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Ireland”.
# resistant
Doctors warn of 'end of the road for antibiotics' as drug-resistant superbug found in the US
Superbugs can be deadly, but not in all cases.
# Superbugs
10 million people could die every year due to resistance to antibiotics
The overuse of antibiotics means common infections are becoming deadly.
# mutant bacteria
'Urgent response' needed to tackle drug-resistant germs in Ireland's food chain
Drug resistant bacteria is recognised worldwide as one of the biggest potential threats to human health
# worrying
'Invincible' bacteria will make common diseases untreatable
Scientists say when the gene becomes global it will mean doctors will not be able to treat common diseases like pneumonia.
# brown is beautiful
People around the world could make a tidy sum by sending one startup their soil
“It’s sort of like a lottery, but it’s going to save humanity at the same time.”
# Marian Harkin
Resistance to antibiotics could be causing unnecessary deaths in Ireland
An Irish MEP has proposed that the use of the antibiotics without prescription be banned.
# Drugs don't work
Antibiotics are creating superbugs
That’s the opposite of what they’re going for.
# news wrap
Today's top stories in 6 seconds
Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.
A new antibiotic could finally turn the tide against superbugs and drug-resistant infections
And it could be just start of the discovery of dozens of new antibiotics.
# not good
Study: Irish people on medication still drink alcohol, even when they shouldn't
Researchers found that one in five people taking anti-depressants reported drinking heavily.
# Research
Kids who take antibiotics before their first birthday may be more likely to get asthma
The study also found that there is no link between babies using antibiotics and the development of allergies.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you take antibiotics that weren't prescribed for you?
A warning has been issued this morning that the misuse of the drugs is leading to the rise of superbugs.
# Resistance
Overuse of antibiotics is giving killer bugs free reign --- WHO
The UN health agency said the problem was becoming a global emergency.
# Antibiotics
Ireland's casual attitude to antibiotics leading to 'alarming rise' in superbugs
A new campaign is being launched today to encourage better practice in relation to antibiotics among both doctors and patients.
# Medicine
Resistance crisis looms as antibiotics 'handed out like cough sweets'
Experts have called on global healthcare systems to take action in key areas.
# Tragedy
Hospital apologises for death of 8-year-old boy
Richard De Souza presented to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise with chicken pox in 2011. He was discharged but died 18 hours later.
# bacteria
Infant antibiotic use may have implications for allergies, asthma and obesity - study
A new Irish study has shown that antibiotic use can reduce the number of bacteria in the intestines of children.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Drugs
Taking antibiotics for colds and flu is pointless - pharmacists
Pharmacists have warned that overuse of antibiotics is a major public health threat – and that we could eventually run out of effective antibiotics.
One in 20 patients has hospital acquired infection
5.2 per cent of patients get infection within two days of admission, after a medical device was inserted or after surgery.
# gonorrhoea
WHO warns urgent action needed to prevent spread of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea
The World Health Organisation has warned of the spread of an untreatable strain of gonorrhoea which could potentially effect millions of people.
# Antibiotics
HSE wages war on unnecessary antibiotics use
The Health Service Executive is urging people not to take antibiotics when they aren’t necessary – because it can lead to infections and antibiotic resistance.
# Health
Visiting restrictions remain in place at Limerick hospital
There are visiting restrictions at Limerick’s Mid Western Regional Hospital following the outbreak of a antibiotic-resistant bacterium.