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

New drug produces a tan without causing skin damage

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Inspired by the lack of advances in the field of skin cancer, a group of American scientists have recently developed a new drug that provokes the same sun-kissed effects that UV rays has on our skin but creates a tan without the damaging effects of the sun.

Tests have been conducted both on human skin as well as mice and it appears that when ingesting the drug, skin will successfully develop the pigment melanin that produces darkening of the skin. The experimental drug was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and they have evidence that the darkening effect of the skin could even work on red-heads – many of which will never be able to boast a holiday tan because of their tendency to burn. While for many this new drug could be a vital beauty enhancer, not only to reduce aging caused by the sun and the tan itself; Read more

Second Medical Opinions, Actively Helping Save Lives

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There are many barriers to diagnostic accuracy, like time pressures on physicians, availability of specialists and fragmented care.

That’s why it’s crucial for patients to find the doctor who is right for them and their condition. Some of the characteristics often shared by best physicians are: Board-certified and up-to-date on the latest medical research. Published in prominent medical journals. Affiliated with centers of excellence in the medical world. Recognized by other physicians for their expertise in a specialty. Open to partnering with other physicians to best serve their patients. Best Doctors has an unparalleled process that enables us to allow only the best minds in medicine to consult on our cases. We start by asking, “If you or a Read more