bacterial resistance

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bacterial resistance

The ability of bacteria to survive and cause continuous infection in the presence of antibiotics.
See: antiviral resistance; antibiotic resistance; multidrug resistance; transfer factor
See also: resistance
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Q. Why Is it Important to Not Use Antibiotics Often? Why is my doctor always so reluctant to prescribe me antibiotics?

A. Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem in both developed and underdeveloped nations. By 1984 half of those with active tuberculosis in the United States had a strain that resisted at least one antibiotic. In certain settings, such as hospitals and some childcare locations, the rate of antibiotic resistance is so high that the usual, low-cost antibiotics are virtually useless for treatment of frequently seen infections. This leads to more frequent use of newer and more expensive compounds, which in turn leads to the rise of resistance to those drugs. A struggle to develop new antibiotics ensues to prevent losing future battles against infection. Therefore the doctors try to avoid using antibiotics when it is not necessary, and try to keep a certain limited use of these medications.

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(22.) Russell, A.D., Mechanisms of bacterial resistance to biocides.
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A rational UTI therapy taking into account local bacterial resistance is necessary to prevent or at least postpone further microbial resistance (2,3).The existing therapeutic guidelines on managing UTI in Croatian children are nearly 10 years old (4,5).
The problem of bacterial resistance has been understood for a long time.
A tremendous variety of models have been formulated recently, mathematically analyzed, and applied to bacterial resistance. Stochastic simulation [9, 13] and agent-based simulation [14, 18-20], combined with hospital environment, are also established.
For example, the designers of the German Surveillance System of Antibiotic Use and Bacterial Resistance encountered problems comparing antibiogram data between participating intensive care units.
Researchers reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
The efficacy of these life-saving antibiotics is threatened by rising bacterial resistance caused by beta-lactamase enzymes which render the antibiotics increasingly ineffective.
The key reason of bacterial resistance is the indiscriminate suboptimal use of antibiotics."
Overuse and misuse threatens with bacterial resistance to antibiotics treatment.
WELSH researchers have uncovered a "worrying" trend in the effectiveness of antibiotics prescribed in primary care - amid growing global health concerns over bacterial resistance to the drugs.
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