INTERREG research on plasma activated water

INTERREG research on plasma activated water Within the INTERREG Germany-Netherlands project MEDUWA, Martien Graumans, Wilfred Hoeben, Frans Russel and Paul Scheepers studied the effects of thermal plasma-activated water and UV/H2O2 application on tap water. This innovation is one of several that are part of the MEDUWA project. This project takes …

Global increase in antibiotic resistance in livestock farming

The global increase in antibiotic resistance in livestock farming To date, discussions on the increased use of antibiotics in agriculture have increasingly been held in industrialised countries. In particular in centres of mass livestock farming. So far, there was no global consideration of developments in emerging and developing countries. Now, …

Soil, water and vegetables contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Soil, water and vegetables contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria According to the European Commission, antimicrobial medicines and micro-organisms resistant to these medicines in the environment constitute one of the biggest health threats in the world (Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, March 2019). Recent research by the RIVM …

Wild swimmers have more multi-resistant bacteria in their intestines

Wild swimmers have more multi-resistant bacteria in their intestines Infections in people who regularly swim in rivers, canals and streams are less treatable with antibiotics. This is due to the fact that, during swimming, one ingests water containing bacteria that are resistant to several antibiotics. The National Institute for Public …

OECD Green Talks : LIVE | Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

OECD Green Talks : LIVE | Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses Pharmaceuticals are essential for human and animal health but are increasingly recognised as an environmental concern when they enter freshwater systems. Residues of pharmaceuticals, such as hormones, antidepressants and antibiotics, have been detected in surface water …

The search for new antibiotics

The search for new antibiotics Only recently, the NDR reported that almost all major pharmaceutical companies have stopped or have stopped research into antibiotics. This is a problem because the increasing resistance to antibiotics calls for new, effective antibiotics. The development of new antibiotics is a long process for researchers …

General practitioners prescribe fewer antibiotics

General practitioners prescribe fewer antibiotics In recent years, Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Germany have prescribed consistently fewer antibiotics. This is the result of the German Health Care Atlas study commissioned by the Central Research Institute for Ambulatory Health Care in Germany (Zi). Among other things, this study analysed the …