What is it about?
While the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria has become one of the major health threats we are currently facing, the number of people affected by mental disorder and depression is gradually increasing. According to the most recent studies, the use of the most-commonly used antidepressants has a big influence in the developing and transfer of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Here we cover the latest discoveries in this topic and how these two apparently unrelated problems might be colliding to pose even a bigger threat.
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Why is it important?
As the scientific community focus its efforts on finding solutions to the antibiotic crisis, it is critical to identify all factors influencing the emergence and transfer of antibiotic resistance. The effects of non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals have been underestimated for many years, but it is now clear that they are a key part of the problem we are trying to solve.
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This page is a summary of: Antidepressants: A new front in the war against antibiotics resistance, Environmental Microbiology, September 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.16208.
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