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UK: Antibiotic-resistant infections fell in 2020 for first time since 2016, but UKHSA warns drop likely temporary

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New data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), ahead of World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW), 18 to 24 November, shows that antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections fell in 2020 (from 65,583 in 2019, to 55,384) for the first time since 2016 but still remain at a higher level than 6 years ago. Importantly, the decline was largely driven by a reduction in recorded bloodstream infections overall, likely due to less social mixing, enhanced hand hygiene and changes to healthcare access and delivery.

Antibiotics are vital for the treatment of bacterial infections causing pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. Without them, modern medical technology could not exist, as they also help to protect against infection during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other common surgeries. However, they are sometimes prescribed to treat coughs, earache and sore throats where it is now clear they may have little or no effect.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria no longer respond to treatment, causing serious complications, including bloodstream infections and hospitalisation. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them. This is why it is important to take antibiotics only when they are needed.

Analysis of the bacteria that most commonly cause bloodstream infections, including E. coli, revealed that although the overall number of bloodstream infections decreased in 2020 compared with 2016, the overall proportion of infections that were resistant to antibiotics increased over the same time frame. This was most likely driven by changes in behaviour, prescribing and healthcare delivery in 2020 – 1 in 5 people with a bloodstream infection in 2020 had an antibiotic-resistant infection. This suggests that resistant infections are likely to rise in ...-pandemic years and will require ongoing action.

Concerted antimicrobial stewardship efforts over several years has led to continued decreases in antibiotic prescribing, with antibiotic prescribing dropping further during the pandemic, from 18 Defined Daily Doses (DDDs) per 1,000 inhabitants per day in 2019 to 16 DDDs per 1,000 inhabitants in 2020 – driven by reductions in antibiotics usually prescribed for respiratory infections. Antibiotics of last-resort use increased in hospitals.

Antibiotic prescribing in the dental setting showed, however, an increase in 2020 for the first time in many years, highlighting the importance of face-to-face practice in dentistry.

Dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor at UKHSA, said:

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been described as a hidden pandemic and it’s important that we do not come out of COVID-19 and enter into another crisis.

It is likely that COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 including enhanced infection, prevention and control measures also played a part in driving down antibiotic resistance and prescribing. While these measures were severe, serious antibiotic-resistant infections will rise once again if we don’t act responsibly and that can be as simple as regular and thorough handwashing.

As we head into winter, with increasing amounts of respiratory infections in circulation, it’s important to remember that antibiotics are not needed for many cold-like symptoms. Stay at home if you feel unwell. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them only puts you and your loved ones at more risk in the future so please listen to your GP, nurse, dentist or pharmacist’s advice.

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Grassroots: Lagos, Abuja selected for international scouting programme

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Lagos and Abuja have been selected as venues for an international scouting programme aimed at discovering new footballing talents in Nigeria.

Dynamic Plus Soccer Academy in conjunction with Hofnung Sport Foundation and International Football Academy, Germany, are set to organise the scouting programme.

The programme titled “dynamic plus scouting tournament” is scheduled to start on Monday, 6th and end on December 10 in the two different locations.

According to the organisers, the first phase of the exercise kicks off from 6th-8th at the Football pitch, Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS), Surulere, Lagos, while the second phase of the event continues from 9th-10th at the football pitch, Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment, Asokoro Abuja.

While speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on the essence of the programme, Scout Director, Adeyinka Adeyemi, said the reason for the programme is to discover talents in grassroot.

He said: “The zeal is to discover talent and develop them. So what brought the idea is that these players we discovered and developed, we need to market them within and outside Nigeria.

“That’s the reason we decided to partner with Hoffnung sport foundation that facilitated international football Germany. These teams are coming to Nigeria December 5-10 to scout for young talented footballers.”

Mr Adeyinka continued: “We have almost 40 players in our camp and because of this scouting programme we went to some northern states to scout for young talented players. They are all at the camp. We went to Kaduna, Abuja, Jos, Kano, Bauchi, Uyo and Bayelsa states. So these players we scouted are now in the camp so they can form another two good solid teams that will be presented to scouts from Germany and Spain.”

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He further added that the scouting exercise is free and will also see about 23 matches from 46 teams within Lagos and its environs participating in the screening exercise.

Mr Adeyinka also assured of positive results at the end of the exercise.

“We are expecting a good, successful scouting programme at the end of the programme. The players scouted for will be taken to different clubs in Europe. ”

Meanwhile, while speaking about problems facing grassroot sport development in Nigeria, Mr Adeyinka said inadequate facilities is a major snag.

“None readiness of our youths and inadequate facilities to develop these players at the grassroot level is a major problem,” he said.

He suggested constant football tournaments at the grassroot and development and proper maintenance of infrastructural facilities is the solution to the problems facing grassroot sport development.

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Joe and Jill Biden will head to the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, marking the first time in four years a president has attended Washington D.C.’s premiere social event after Donald Trump refused to go in the face of criticism from the honorees.

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will join the first couple in the presidential box. The Bidens and the second couple have been seen in public together more frequently after reports of disfunction in the vice president’s office and frustration in the West Wing with Harris. 

Biden will also bring back the traditional White House reception for the Kennedy Center honorees, another event Trump scrapped. He and the first lady will host operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels;  actress Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on Sunday evening before the formal ceremony.

President Trump skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that he wished to avoid marring the celebration with a ‘political distraction’ after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended. 

Joe and Jill Biden will head to the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, marking the first time in four years a president has attended Washington D.C.’s premiere social event

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump (seen above at a 2019 formal dinner in England) skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that the Trumps wished to avoid marring the celebration with a 'political distraction' after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump (seen above at a 2019 formal dinner in England) skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that the Trumps wished to avoid marring the celebration with a ‘political distraction’ after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will also attend the Kennedy Center Honors; the second couple has been seen more in public with the Bidens including during a service project at DC Central Kitchen on November 23 (above)

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will also attend the Kennedy Center Honors; the second couple has been seen more in public with the Bidens including during a service project at DC Central Kitchen on November 23 (above)

Previous presidents have attended the honors since it launched in 1978. Biden also attended in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley. 

The event is a major fundraiser for the Kennedy Center and the ceremony airs on CBS on Dec. 22. The star-studded performance, which features a tribute to each honoree, is followed by a private dinner. 

‘After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on December 5th,’ Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. 

Presidents and first ladies add a dash of glamour to the gala, which is also attended by members of Congress, justices of the Supreme Court, Cabinet officials, high-profile members of the media, and senior members of the administration. 

Sunday’s ceremony, the 44th Kennedy Center Honors, will be hosted by Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein, the same man whose Nantucket home the Bidens stayed in over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Honorees are selected for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The first awards in 1978 went to Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers and Arthur Rubinstein — with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter sitting next to them in the presidential box. 

This year's Kennedy Center Honorees: Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchel

This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees: Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchel

Joe Biden (right) also attended the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley.

Joe Biden (right) also attended the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels (pictured) and Bette Midler were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels and Bette Midler (pictured) were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels and Bette Midler were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Standing out: Joni Mitchell, 78, stood out from the crowd in a sweeping red coat with fur

Founding father: Berry Gordy Jr, 92, who is best known as the founder of Motown was also set to be honored

Recognition: Other honorees at the medallion ceremony including legendary songwriter Joni Mitchell, 78, and Motown founder/record executive Berry Gordy Jr, 92, were also pictured walking the red carpet

There have been a few presidential misses over the years – Carter missed the 1979 event because of the Iran hostage crisis; George H.W. Bush missed in 1989 and Bill Clinton in 1994 because of travel in Europe. First ladies attended on their behalf.

There was speculation Melania Trump might attend without her husband but that never happened. The Trumps skipped the three ceremonies held during their tenures. 

The 2020 ceremony was postponed because of the COVID pandemic and was held earlier this year in May.

For that hybrid Honors in May – which featured socially distanced performances during a week-long taping – the Bidens welcomed the honorees during a reception at the White House but did not attend any of the performances.

The mood on Sunday evening is expected to be festive and collegial, a wave of relief after the controversial Trump years where there was genuine fear the bipartisan event – attended by Democrats and Republicans alike – would become a victim to politics.  

Safety measures will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone attended must be vaccinated and must be tested ahead of time. 

But, in another COVID-related modification, the traditional Saturday night supper – where the honorees receive their medallions on rainbow-colored ribbon – was shifted from the State Department to the Library of Congress. 

All five honorees attended Saturday’s black-tie event. Others in attendance included Martin Short, dance veteran and former honoree Debbie Allen, SNL player Fred Armisen, and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy. 

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Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House 17 Times

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Including twice in one day on three separate occasions

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Newly obtained documents show that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein visited the Clinton White House 17 times, including twice in one day on three separate occasions.

“Epstein, who died in 2019, visited Bill Clinton at the Executive Mansion over the course of three years with the first invitation coming just a month after his inauguration in January 1993,” reports the Daily Mail.

“The logs show the late financier showed up on 14 separate days, even making two visits in a single day on three different occasions.”

The documents detail how Epstein was specifically going to the West Wing, making it almost certain he was meeting with President Clinton.

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Epstein’s invitations came courtesy of “Clinton’s most senior advisers and aides,” including one who later served as Treasury Secretary, the logs show.

The first witness in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., said during testimony this week that he saw Clinton on Epstein’s infamous ‘Lolita Express’ private jet several times.

Photos that emerged in January 2020 showed Clinton posing with suspected pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and another with sex slave Chauntae Davies.

Photos previously published by DailyMail.com showed Clinton being given a massage during his trip to Africa by Chauntae Davies, who claims she was raped by Epstein

Subsequent images were released showing Clinton enjoying a back massage from Davies while on a humanitarian trip with Epstein to Africa in September of 2002.

Records show that Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard the ‘Lolita Express’ – ditching his Secret Service detail for five of them.

Clinton denies ever visiting Epstein’s infamous ‘pedo island’ but Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich documentary “includes an interview with a longtime island employee saying he saw the former president there.”

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