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Increase in deaths from antibiotic resistant infections may limit rising longevity, report warns

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2845 (Published 19 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2845
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Around 50 000 deaths a year in Europe and the United States are due to antibiotic resistant infections, warns a report on antimicrobial resistance that predicts that the problem may outweigh increases in longevity over the next decade.1

The Longevity Bulletin on Antimicrobial Resistance, published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, analysed the impact of current trends in antibiotic resistance on life expectancy in the United Kingdom and in other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development …

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