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Antibiotic resistance ranking high among public concerns

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To mark the Longitude Prize charity organisation Nesta commissioned a portrait of Scottish pharmacologist Alexander Fleming out of empty drug capsules and powder

People in the UK believe antibiotic resistance is second only to terrorism among threats to the public, according to a new survey.

The poll – published on European Antibiotics Awareness Day – also marks the opening of submissions for this year's Longitude Prize, which is offering £10m to the research team who can help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Specifically, the challenge laid down in front of scientists this year is to develop a diagnostic tool that can rule out antibiotic use or help identify an effective antibiotic to treat a patient.

GPs admit to wrongly prescribing antibiotics

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Nearly half of British GPs surveyed have admitted to prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily due to uncertainty and a lack of diagnostic tools.

The survey arose from the Longitude Prize, a £10 million fund designed to solve scientific challenges which from June had the focus set on a way to prevent the rise of antibiotics resistance – and within five years.

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