The Spring 2012 edition of Emory's Public Health Magazine features an article on Keith Klugman and the first-ever drug resistance index (DRI).  Much like a stock market or consumer price index, the DRI aggregates and weights available data to produce a single measure that can be examined over time - in this case the index represents the burden of resistance in a hospital or geographical area.  Why create this

The GrantWatch blog at Health Affairs has a new post detailing some initiatives from CDDEP's Extending the Cure project: antibiotic use visualizations on ResistanceMap and the Drug Resistance Index.  An excerpt of the post is below - read it in its entirety on the Gran

ResistanceMap - an online tool for visualizing antibiotic resistance from Extending the Cure - launches a second edition today with more bacteria-antibiotic combinations, U.S.-Canada-Europe comparisons of resistance trends, and lots of opportunities to interact with the data.  Read the press release below, and take a look at some initial coverage on The Scientist and the Washington Post's

Megan McArdle’s recent take on antibiotic resistance in The Atlantic is a smart look at the incentives that skew the debate on antibiotics in the U.S. – namely the fact that these wonder drugs currently play out a classic tragedy of the commons scenario.

Extending the Cure's parent organization, the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), is pleased to congratulate board member Sir Richard Peto, who has been named the 2011 recipient of BMJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award for having “contributed much to the decrease in neoplastic, vascular, and respiratory mortality from smoking, both in the UK and elsewhere.”

A week has passed since World Health Day launched a year-long focus on antimicrobial resistance as a global health issue.  As a result of WHD 2011 activities, considerable attention has been brought to the issue of antibiotic resistance, in particular—both to the need for new antibiotics to treat resistant infections and to the need to implement antibiotic stewardship practices.

The following post was originally published on the Pioneering Ideas blog - a discussion about breakthrough ideas in health and health care from the Pioneer Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

The online tool ResistanceMap has released a new video that shows the spread of a deadly microbe able to survive treatment with the newest and most potent antibiotics in the current arsenal.

Anticipating World Health Day on April 7th, The Economist has tackled the issue of antibiotic resistance, finding the urgency of the problem largely a result of a "tragedy of the commons" and a lack of sufficient incentives for individual actors to conserve antibiotic therapies.  As in, patients looking for a quick fix do not have much of an incentive to think about the long-term consequences when they take antibiotic

Last week, Extending the Cure’s ResistanceMap released new videos visualizing resistance trends in inpatient settings.  The maps highlighted a number of concerning patterns, including a rise in resistance to commonly prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and an eight-fold increase in inpatient Acinetobacter baumannii

The Huffington Post has an excerpt from Dan Rather's story on the growing concern over antibiotic resistance.  

The full piece will be aired on HDNet this weekend, and examines trends in antibiotic use and resistance in the United States and Norway.

A recap of recent coverage of Extending the Cure's work on antibiotic resistance:

A few more resources to close out the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and Get Smart for Healthcare campaigns this week.