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  • Superbugs linked to eight out of 10 deaths in Bangladeshi ICUs
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    Superbugs linked to eight out of 10 deaths in Bangladeshi ICUs

    Antimicrobial resistant superbugs could be responsible for up to 80 per cent of deaths in Bangladesh's biggest intensive care unit (ICU), a senior doctor has warned. Dr Sayedur Rahman, a doctor in the ICU at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medial University (BSMMU), told the Telegraph that out of approximately 900 patients admitted to the unit in 2018, 400 died. And out of those deaths around 80 per cent were attributed to a bacterial or fungal infection that was resistant to antibiotics, said Dr Rahman. Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are seen as drivers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) because of poor adherence to antibiotic treatment, the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics for growth promotion in farm animals, self-medication and illegal over-the-counter access to antibiotics. "Most patients [that die] come from public ICUs where there is strictly no AMR surveillance. And this is the generator of antibacterial resistance," said Dr Rahman. Antibiotic resistance | The true cost in Britain and around the world "There should be more security... they [antibiotics] should not be available over the counter and others should only be dispensed from hospitals," he added.  A 2015 study published in the European Journal of Scientific Research found that over one-third of patients in Bangladesh surveyed were given antibiotics by people without authorisation to do so.  “[The] situation wasn’t like this about 10 years back,” Professor Ahmed Abu Saleh, the chairman of the department of microbiology and immunology at the BSMMU told the Bangladesh newspaper, The Daily Star. He said that about 70 per cent of deaths across all ICUs in Bangladesh could be put down to superbugs.  He added: “Basically, there is no new antibiotic in the pipeline for future use. At the same time, the available antibiotic drugs are losing their effectiveness – which has made the scenario more dangerous.” The global threat posed by superbugs is expected to skyrocket in the coming decades and unless effective measures are taken, 10 million people could die annually by 2050 from AMR, a report warned in 2016. That figure is higher than the total number of people who died from cancer, diabetes and diarrhoea in 2018. Antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally over time as microorganisms undergo genetic changes. As they evolve, antibiotics can become less effective at treating an infection. Cholera cots and sanitation: Bangladesh pioneers advance on diarrhoeal disease In South Asia the prescription of incorrect or poor quality medicine by unqualified doctors looking to make a quick buck is seen as a driver of antimicrobial resistance. In many countries, stringent controls over the prescription of medicine to animals are not upheld. Antibiotics intended for human use are also given to animals in a bid to make them put on weight more quickly and thus generate more profit.  A study in Chittagong, the second-largest city in Bangladesh, found that over half of poultry chickens were infected with multi-drug resistant bacteria. However, the emergence of AMR superbugs is not just a problem for South Asia and can be seen across the world. Newsletter promotion - global health security - end of article A 2017 study in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases confirmed that the malaria parasite in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and  Vietnam had developed resistance to the artemisinin-based combination therapy prescribed to treat the disease. Around the world, resistant strains of the HIV virus are thought to account for between 10 and 20 per cent of infections and up to 40 per cent of those re-starting medical treatment. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security

  • ‘Grateful’ Jimmy Kimmel Shares Birthday Update On Son Who Inspired Health Care Plea
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    ‘Grateful’ Jimmy Kimmel Shares Birthday Update On Son Who Inspired Health Care Plea

    Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney shared new images of their son Billy, who wasborn in 2017 with a heart defect that required emergency surgery when he wasjust 3 days old

  • When I Found Kindness At Walmart as a Person With Tourette Syndrome
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    When I Found Kindness At Walmart as a Person With Tourette Syndrome

    Tyra Lechner shares a moment of kindness she experienced when she fell at Walmart because of Tourette syndrome.

  • The crippling cost of infertility: Here's what you need to know about resources, organizations that help
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    The crippling cost of infertility: Here's what you need to know about resources, organizations that help

    Fundraising, grants, loans and credit card debt are now terms just as commonly associated with infertility as the words baby and pregnancy. The average cost of one in vitro fertilization, or IVF, cycle in the United States is $12,400, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a non-profit organization founded by fertility experts in the 1940s. Add to that the reality that most pregnancies require more than one IVF cycle, plus ancillary expenses including medication, doctors appointments, genetic testing and embryo storage, and then subtract the fact that insurance coverage for infertility treatments is limited, and you have what often becomes a cost-prohibitive, or financially crippling, scenario for women trying to get pregnant.

  • Harry and Meghan's royal baby: Questions asked and answered
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    Harry and Meghan's royal baby: Questions asked and answered

    LONDON (AP) — The time is drawing near for the impending birth of the first child for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. The couple is keeping many details about Meghan's pregnancy and birth plan private and say they don't know the baby's gender yet. Here are some key points about what will be the latest addition to the world's most famous royal family.

  • Britney Spears’ Claim of Canceling Las Vegas Residency to Care for Father Was Just to Hide Mental Breakdown
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    Britney Spears’ Claim of Canceling Las Vegas Residency to Care for Father Was Just to Hide Mental Breakdown

    Britney Spears announced she pulled the plug on her “Domination” Las Vegas residency to care for her father, but it turns out that narrative was just a smokescreen to distract people from the downward spiral the singer was experiencing and the fact she “just could not do” the residency. A source directly connected to the […] The post Britney Spears’ Claim of Canceling Las Vegas Residency to Care for Father Was Just to Hide Mental Breakdown appeared first on The Blast.

  • Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations
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    Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

    CHICAGO (AP) — Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.

  • My Path to a Doctorate as Someone With Autism
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    My Path to a Doctorate as Someone With Autism

    Kerry Magro shares how because of his autism he was once nonverbal, but is now a public speaker and has his doctorate.

  • Incoming Japanese emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition
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    Incoming Japanese emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition

    Naruhito, 59, will not only be the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two and the first to be raised solely by his parents, but also the first to graduate from a university and pursue advanced studies overseas. SELFIES WITH BYSTANDERS Naruhito, the eldest of three children, was cared for by his mother, Empress Michiko, instead of being raised by wet nurses and tutors. FAMILY DEVOTION Naruhito defied palace officials to marry Masako Owada, now 55, after she caught his eye at a concert, prompting a years-long courtship during which she rejected his early proposals.

  • The Funny Little Phrase I Use to Describe the Days When Everything Hurts
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    The Funny Little Phrase I Use to Describe the Days When Everything Hurts

    A woman shares what she says on the days when everything hurts.

  • When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Asperger's At Age 34
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    When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Asperger's At Age 34

    Jess K. discusses her husband's adult autism diagnosis and how it has affected him and their relationship.

  • Celebrating What Matters During Autism Awareness Month
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    Celebrating What Matters During Autism Awareness Month

    Jeremy Michael Wilson discusses supporting acceptance during Autism Awareness Month.

  • What to Know Before Seeing 'Avengers: Endgame' as a Person With Autism
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    What to Know Before Seeing 'Avengers: Endgame' as a Person With Autism

    Louis Scarantino offers advice to autistic people who want to see "Avengers: Endgame."

  • How My Sister With Autism Found Fair and Equal Employment
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    How My Sister With Autism Found Fair and Equal Employment

    Alex Frank explains how Popcorn for the People employs and supports employees with autism.

  • 5 Devastating Lies We Learn From Narcissistic Parents
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    5 Devastating Lies We Learn From Narcissistic Parents

    A woman who grew up with a narcissistic parent shares five lies those who lived through childhood abuse often internalize.