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Antibiotic resistance: the rapidly emerging global crisis

Antibiotic resistance is fast becoming a major new epidemic and a serious problem for many major health organisations around the world. This is an issue that has been getting steadily worse over the years but has now reached fever- pitch – being treated with the same attention and urgent calls for action as other global health […]

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Finding a cure where you least expect it: in a bear’s mouth

Sticking your arm into a bear’s mouth may not be an NHS approved treatment for an infection, but a recent study from the Russian Academy of Sciences suggests otherwise. New technology has been successful in its search for antibiotics in brown bear saliva. So perhaps the risk of a bear chowing down on your arm […]

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Resistance – a documentary about antibiotic resistance

“Antibiotics were the only thing we ever had in all of human history that really stopped infectious diseases, and we just took this miraculous thing and just completely squandered it. It just astonishes me that we don’t ask ourselves how is it that we squandered this, and why can’t we stop.” Maryn McKenna. Brought to […]

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Alexander Fleming: the founding father of antibiotics

Alexander Fleming is one of Scotland’s best-known and most influential scientists. Most famous for his discovery of penicillin, he also made many other medical advances in the fields of chemotherapy, immunology, and bacteriology. Fleming grew up on a farm in Ayrshire with his seven siblings. At the age of 14, he moved to London to […]

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Yaws, the second disease in the world to be eradicated?

Dr. Oriol Mitja is a young Spanish doctor who, after graduating from the Barcelona Institute of Global Heath and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and following some breakthrough research on the diagnosis and treatment of yaws, set himself the goal of eradicating this disease in his lifetime. If successful, this would be […]

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How worried should we be about the antibiotic apocalypse?

While the news in 2016 was filled with obituaries of beloved world icons, looking back, there may have been one passing of particular importance: that of an elderly woman in Washoe County, US. Why, you may ask? The answer is short, but the implications are potentially massive: the woman was the first known carrier of […]