Speaking with: Dr. John Gerrard on infectious diseases.
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William Isdale speaks to Dr. John Gerrard about the constant threat of infectious diseases and what we can do to prevent a deadly pandemic from establishing itself in Australia.
Promising scientific consensus is a perilous principle on which to found meaningful engagement between experts and the public.
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An article in a leading health journal causes confusion and undoes years of hard work in raising awareness of antibiotic resistance.
In the last decade we've seen a ten-fold increase in the number of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
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Despite significant medical advances, rates of sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, including some old foes like syphilis.
Globalised drug manufacturing is adding to the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
Both GPs and patients need to wake up to the immediate risk that antibiotic misuse poses.
A compound in human breastmilk can reverse antibiotic resistance in bugs such as MRSA. Researchers hope we can soon start trialling it.
Resistance is growing but there are ways that hospitals – as well as the public – can stem the tide.
Lack of knowledge and perceived cost issues could be holding back the fight against the superbugs.
This research could provide an answer to some of the problems posed by antibiotic resistance.
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