Pills of Wisdom by Jemma Cotter

[MAN COUGHING] [MUSIC] [SCREAMING]>>MAN: Hello?>>PILL 1: Oi! Don’t eat us mate!>>MAN: Huh? But I’ve got a cold.>>PILL 1: He’s not too bright is he?>>PILL 2: Nah! Can’t you read the label you numpty? We’re innefective against viral infections, AKA the cold or flu.>>PILL 1: Do you even know what ineffective means?>>MAN: Yeah? Look I just […]

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) research at the Quadram Institute

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem caused by bacteria which develop resistance to antimicrobial drugs. This is a serious life-threatening issue, as treating infections and safely performing routine medical procedures could become impossible. The Quadram Institute is contributing to the battle against AMR, but we need a coordinated coordinated global approach based on the One […]

Why super bugs are the biggest threat to humanity

Super bugs, the drug resistant infections, are set to kill over 10 million people across the world by 2050 – that’s more than currently die from cancer. And, according to a new report, the trend is set to get worse. But what exactly is a super bug? Examples are e coli, malaria and TB which […]

How antibiotics work

How do antibiotics work? Pathogenic bacteria in the body cause infections, which can be treated by antibiotics Bacteriostatic antibiotics slow the growth of bacteria by interfering with the processes the bacteria need to multiply These processes include: DNA replication Metabolism e.g. enzyme activity Protein production Bactericidal antibiotics kill the bacteria, for example by preventing the […]

Why do some antibiotics fail; animation about antibiotic resistance

SILENCE TRANQUIL MUSIC VOICE-OVER: Bacteria are tiny organisms that often multiply rapidly. Everyone carries good and bad bacteria. If there are too many bad bacteria, a serious infection can develop. That can make you very ill. The bacteria that cause such infections can be controlled using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bacteria or inhibit their growth. […]

Against superbugs: Russian science discovered the source of new antibiotics

The antibiotics we know today don’t work anymore. That’s why superbugs – bacteria resistant to modern antibiotics kill some 700 thousand people each year. An equivalent to the population of Detroit, Montenegro or one of Siberia’s largest cities – Tyumen Nightmare superbugs No new antibiotics in the pipeline End of the road for antibiotics unless […]

Some Online Pharmacies in UK Dispensing Antibiotics Without Prescription

Here’s the latest on Xtalks.com: The emergence of antibiotic resistance has often been blamed on the practice of over-prescribing the medications by physicians. While this has certainly been a factor, a new study suggests that online pharmacies in the UK could also be contributing to this global health issue by allowing patients to obtain antibiotics […]

FDA To Track Sales Of Antibiotics To Livestock Farmers

Here’s the latest on Xtalks.com: The FDA has recently released its final rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to report sales data for all antibiotics used in various types of food-producing livestock. The rule which goes into effect in 60 days could help the agency understand how the drugs are used to raise hogs, cattle, chickens, or […]

Dragon’s Blood Could Save Your Life

When you think medicine, chances are that these come to mind rather than these. What you might not realize is that a lot of times, potential drugs and other really useful compounds come from some truly bizarre places in nature. Today we’re looking at why these three unlikely animals might just save your life one […]

Top 10 Bizarre Ways Pharmaceutical DRUGS Change the ENVIRONMENT

Top 10 Bizarre Ways Pharmaceutical Drugs Change the Environment 10. Contaminates Water While current sewage management systems remove a lot of waste from water, there are no sewage plants equipped to filter out chemicals from drugs. After leaving treatment plants, sometimes the water re-enters bodies where we get our drinking water from. There are cases […]