Global Health News
How Do We Avoid The Antibiotics Apocalypse?
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from a BBC News article by Helena Merriman)
Government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century.
Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. This is why experts around the world are doing all they can to help avert the so-called 'antibiotics apocalypse'.
First, there are people like Jason Doctor (a University of Southern California psychologist) who are trying to get doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics. That is because the more antibiotics we all take, the more resistant bacteria become.
Second, progressive governments around the world (e.g. The Netherlands) are strictly enforcing bans on antibiotics usage for livestock growth acceleration.
There are also researchers eagerly scouring the world for new sources of antibiotics, some of them as exotic as algae growing off of three-toed sloth fur, or komodo dragon saliva.
Finally, there are scientists who are studying how bacteria communicate with each other, in the hope that doctors will someday be able to stop them from banding together and making coordinated attacks versus the immune system.
So how do we avert the antibiotics apocalypse? By learning to outsmart bacteria.