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  1. Drug-resistant bugs 'widespread' in food animals

    Posted Oct 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of drug-resistant bacteria in animals might be caused by farms abusing antibiotics to promote growth. The drug-resistant E coli in animals can be passed to humans when they eat meat not thoroughly cooked, ... and cows. A study of 110 human faecal and urinary samples showed the same level of resistance in 94.5 per cent of cases. The spread of drug-resistant genes in E coli bacteria has become more rapid ...

  2. Warning over drug-resistant bacteria

    Posted Jul 06th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Abuse of antibiotics by doctors is highlighted again after study of salmonella cases not responding to standard treatment A microbiologist has reinforced warnings against the abuse of antibiotics by doctors and veterinarians, citing a study showing resistance to a drug that was used to treat a potentially fatal bacteria had leapt dramatically over 11 years. ...

  3. HK flu story takes turn for the better

    Posted Jul 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... for influenza. That cannot be ruled out after University of Hong Kong researchers discovered that a common drug for bone diseases, including osteoporosis, apparently cured the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus ... drug pamidronate was then found to strengthen gamma delta-T cells, one of the first lines of defence in our immune systems. Nine out of 10 humanised mice given the drug survived an H5N1 ...

  4. Pharmacies that fuel a drug trade

    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... in Hong Kong pharmacies without doctors' prescriptions, despite repeated warnings by medical experts that this illegal practice will contribute to the problem of drug resistance. A Post ... drug and did not label it, while another sold a physician's sample, a free gift given by pharmaceutical companies to doctors. At a pharmacy in Prince Edward, a shopkeeper sold 50 capsules ...

  5. City gets tougher on overuse of antibiotics

    Posted Nov 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the rampant abuse of such drugs. Among the problems of antibiotics overuse are that it leads to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria- so-called superbugs. Overuse could prove globally disastrous ... signed pledges to reduce the use of antibiotics. Medical experts have long warned about the abuse of antibiotics on the mainland. Zhao Minggang, vice-director of the health ministry's ...

  6. Five-year Superbug Campaign drawn up

    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... plan, will be built with reference to one in a Singapore hospital which was effective in reducing drug abuse. Big gun antibiotics are more potent drugs that should be used as a last resort. ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com The Hospital Authority will launch a five-year plan next year to contain drug-resistant superbugs, including an electronic system to monitor the use of antibiotics. ...

  7. With rise of superbugs, habits must change

    Posted Mar 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staying in hospital is traumatic enough without knowing that drug-resistant bacteria are on the loose in the wards and operating theatres. Tried and tested policies and procedures ... after all, lies with our misuse and abuse of antibiotics. Superbugs cause thousands of infections in our hospitals each year and the number is rapidly rising. The most worrying ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by ERNIE YAP

    ... Ernie Yap New Delhi strain found at Princess Margaret Hospital in August so far defies treatment by most effective drugs available to medicine Antibiotic-resistant NDM-1 bacteria poses ... and doctors have since been placed on alert and drug research switched into high gear to make preparations should an outbreak occur. On a micro level, the gene for NDM-1 is found on the DNA strands ...

  9. Superbugs take their toll on humans

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... into the community. Medical experts said MRSA, which is now resistant to many common antibiotics, could be treated with penicillin in the 1940s and 1950s, but the abuse of drugs worldwide had turned ... Celine Sun Excessive and improper use of antibiotics has taken its toll on humans, with disease-causing bacteria developing increasing drug resistance. The best known ...

  10. Talkback

    Posted Jun 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... However, we can fight this problem by thinking logically. Where do these drugs come from? We fail to acknowledge that drug use among teenagers is not entirely related to education levels. Young people need guidance: giving a young person moral advice and trust can make all the difference. Dull messages such as 'take no drugs' do not really impress a growing and curious teenage ...




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