Antibiotic resistant superbugs spread across Europe
According to the EU, the number of deaths caused by antibiotic resistant infections is rising sharply and estimations suggest the figure is approximately 25,000 a year.
Doctors and hospitals are now being warned to think twice before administering antibiotics to patients to try and prevent even more people developing a drug resistance.
The release of the news and advice coincides with European Antibiotics Awareness Day which is today, Friday 18 November.
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These warnings over antibiotic use are not the first – two years ago the World Health Organisation (WHO) listed drug-resistance as being one of the three main health threats currently faced by the world.
Recent reports from the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) also revealed that in a number of countries, half of patients with blood poisoning caused by the K. Pneumonia bug were resistant to the most effective type of antibiotic treatments – carbapenems.
The ECDC has estimated this resistance has a financial impact of approximately €1.5billion, the equivalent to $2billion, which is caused by an extended need for care and subsequent losses in productivity.
In a bid to tackle this growing problem, the EU has announced plans to boost research into the resistance and promote the development of new, affordable drugs.
The EU Health Commissioner, John Dalli, said: “We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals.”
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Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”