APR 16, 2017 03:12 PM PDT

Could Antimicrobial Resistance end Medicine as we Know it?

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

Antimicrobial resistance is not only a growing health threat, it's already a huge problem; it just doesn't get much attention. This talk from the Royal Institution discusses antimicrobial resistance in our current world and what it might become in the future. The statistics are incredible; it is now one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and it could effect future generations in a major way if we don't take action.

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom presents this talk, which highlights some of the critical applications of antibiotics; they don't only treat common illnesses, they are also used after surgeries or childbirth for example. She has also had firsthand experience with infections that were resistant to typical treatments, and has seen how the incidence of it has risen over time. She shows a recent study in which microbes were actually captured as they gained resistance to antibiotics over time, and explains that not only is drug overuse part of the problem, there is also a lack of interest in developing new drugs.

There is also time (in the presentation) to discuss the realities; people that lack access to antibiotics are still suffering and dying, and there are many parts of the works that need better health and hygiene before starting to worry about antimicrobial resistance. Steps are also being taken to curtail the problem; countries have pledged to reduce the misuse of antibiotics among other things. While this is a problem that could grow, we have the tools to make a better future.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
NOV 22, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 22, 2019
Watch a Pod of Dolphins Play Catch With a Pufferfish
Playing catch with a ball of some sort is a popular past time for humans, but as it would seem, even dolphins might enjoy partaking in similar behaviors. I...
NOV 22, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 22, 2019
Why a Metal Asteroid Tops NASA's Must-Explore List
Innumerable amounts of asteroids exist in the asteroid belt that resides between Mars and Jupiter in orbit around the Sun, but one specimen in particular a...
NOV 22, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 22, 2019
Imagine a World Without Insects...
People tend to dislike insects, especially ant, beetle, cockroach, and mosquito varieties, but before suggesting that a world without insects would be a wo...
NOV 22, 2019
Cardiology
NOV 22, 2019
Runner's Knee, a Rundown
Perhaps you have taken up a running or another cardiovascular activity to protect your health as you age. This is, of course, a wise and proactive thing to...
NOV 22, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 22, 2019
Yale Scientists Solve Mass Extinction Mystery
Scientists from Yale University have solved a mystery that has plagued scientists for decades. It’s well established that 66 million years ago, a mas...
NOV 22, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 22, 2019
How a Rattlesnake's 'Rattle' Works
Rattlesnakes are one of the most discernible snakes in the animal kingdom, not only because of their appearance, but also because of how they shake their t...
Loading Comments...