Disease and Illness Prevention

Antimicrobial resistance

“Apparently there is a feeling among doctors that if one antimicrobial drug is good, two should be better and three should cure virtually everybody of virtually everything.” – E. Jawetz 1967 This week I attended a seminar on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Margaret Chan, Director-General, gave an excellent […]

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Disease and Illness Prevention

Drug resistant superbugs – part 2

This post is the second in a series on Drug Resistant Superbugs. Medicine is losing the capacity to treat infections that rely on antimicrobial drugs. Some of these infections cause serious diseases, such as gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. For the Global Risk Report on August 8th, 2013, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization (WHO), addressed […]

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Disease and Illness Prevention

Drug resistant superbugs

This post is a first in a series on Drug Resistant Superbugs. Drug resistance is often called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR occurs when a treatment loses its power to stop an infection or a disease caused by organisms or microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and some parasites. When organisms fight off or become “resistant” to […]

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