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Falls in CV mortality

In Australia, cardiovascular (CV) mortality decreased by 82% between 1968 and 2015, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Declines in CV death rates continue to improve in older age groups, but have slowed in younger age groups. The annual decline in deaths from coronary heart disease for people aged 35 to 54 years has slowed from 7.2% (in 1980 to 1993) to 3.1% (in 1993 to 2015). The AIHW report, Trends in Cardiovascular Deaths, is available on the AIHW website.

Too few antibiotics in the pipeline

Insufficient new antibiotics are under development to combat the increasing antimicrobial resistance, including drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills about 250,000 people annually, finds a new WHO report. Antibacterial Agents in Clinical Development – an Analysis of the Antibacterial Clinical Development Pipeline, Including Tuberculosis, showed most drugs in the pipeline to be modifications of existing classes and therefore only short-term solutions. Of 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in development to treat priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens, eight are classed by the WHO as able to add value to current antibiotic treatments. 

The report is online.