Fighting Antibiotic Resistance at Home and Globally
The conclusion of a series of articles on the challenge of antimicrobial resistance

We all have a stake in the outcome of the battle against antimicrobial resistance. Everyone, from the global public health expert to the ordinary citizen, can play a role in reversing a dangerous trend in the balance of power between humans and pathogens.

Antimicrobial resistance has the potential to erase the astonishing gains made possible by the use of antibiotics over the past 70 years.  According to a report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, although the widespread availability and effectiveness of antibiotics has positively impacted surgery, care of premature infants, cancer chemotherapy, care of the critically ill, transplantation medicine, and even our ability to respond to bioterrorism and pandemics, that widespread availability along with misuse has resulted in antimicrobial resistant pathogens.  This unintended consequence is already exacting a toll on both human health and wealth, as highlighted in a new UK report.  The toll will skyrocket if … READ MORE >>


Superbugs and the 2016 Summer Olympics
The second of a series of articles on the challenge of antimicrobial resistance

An antimicrobial resistant “superbug” could give sailors and windsurfers competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics more to worry about than their athletic performance.  Evidence of superbugs–bacteria resistant to common antibiotics—have been found in the sewage-laden Carioca River, which flows into Guanabara Bay, the planned site of Olympic sailing and windsurfing events.

A new study1 by Rio’s Instituto Oswaldo Cruz identifies a superbug enzyme at three points along the heavily polluted Carioca River. Infections from antimicrobial resistant superbug bacteria require stronger than normal antibiotics and could require hospitalization, according to the study’s coordinator (see RT article).  Additionally, carriers of antimicrobial resistant bacteria can spread serious infections to others.… READ MORE >>


Antibiotic Resistance: Standing at a Critical Juncture
The first of a series of articles on a looming global crisis

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously said:  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” If the many pathogens that are becoming immune to antibiotics could speak, Nietzche’s quote would be their battle cry.  These disease-causing germs are gaining the upper hand as they become increasingly resistant to the very weapons—antibiotics—that humans developed to kill them.  A new UK report1, titled “Antimicrobial Resistance:  Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations,” explores the issue of antibiotic resistance with the goal of averting what the report calls “a looming global crisis”.… READ MORE >>


Earth: The Water Planet

A Video Treasure Shared by the Water Quality & Health Council

This holiday season we wish you joy and time for peaceful reflection.

Please enjoy Earth:  The Water Planet, a stunning video by James McMath.


Will you Have Enough Safe Water for Personal Hygiene in Case of an Emergency?
Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Nothing beats the comfort of a hot bath or shower after you’ve been drenched by rain or pelted by snow and ice. But when a weather or natural disaster emergency prevents your access to safe running water, life as you know it can change in an instant. If your source of water is a private well, a power failure could disable the pump that delivers water to your tap. Being on “city water” does not protect you from this type of emergency; local authorities could issue a warning not to drink or bathe with municipal tap water. ... READ MORE >> READ MORE >>

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