ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

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Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine, contributing to the control of infectious diseases and saving countless lives.

But too much of a good thing has led to a global problem. The misuse of these drugs by health workers and patients has accelerated the pace of antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest threats to global health and development.

Patients and those working within the healthcare industry need to work together to contain this growing problem. For health professionals, this means being judicious when it comes to prescribing and dispensing antibiotics. For individuals, this means helping to prevent infection through a variety of measures (such as vaccinations and regular hand washing) while being responsible about the use of antibiotics. The repercussions of antibiotic resistance are wide-ranging— a decreased ability to treat infection and illnesses in people, animals and plants can lead to increased illness and death, increased cost and length of treatments, and increased side effects from the use of Read more

Medical Breakthrough: First gene-editing in human

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Brian Madeux, 44, from Arizona, USA has been dealing with Hunter syndrome his entire life. He never expected to live past his early 20s and although he has surpassed his life expectancy, he experiences pain every second of the day.

A team of pioneering doctors in California proposed that Brian partake in an experimental trial that could change medical history forever. Brian was recently infused with the first gene-editing therapy directly in his bloodstream at Oakland's UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The Mayo Clinic classifies Hunter syndrome as “a very rare, inherited genetic disorder caused by a missing or malfunctioning enzyme. Because the body doesn't have enough of the enzyme to break down certain complex molecules, the molecules build up in harmful amounts. In Hunter syndrome, the buildup of massive amounts of these harmful substances eventually causes permanent, progressive damage affecting appearance, Read more