In the little spare time I have, I like to look at new reviews on antibiotic resistance. They’re a great way to get a lot of information in a short amount of time, and you’re able to skip the primary research until you find something really interesting.

This one caught my eye and some of the figures are just wonderfully articulate in describing a convoluted and complicated subject. I have to try and cram antibiotic resistance into 2 weeks/4 lectures in my microbiology course.

Meredith SchroederBenjamin D. Brooks and Amanda E. Brooks out of North Dakota State University recently published this paper in Genes. I particularly love the figure (see above) that is such a helpful reference when studying/teaching/researching this highly important topic. Please read this review, it is free access so you don’t need any subscriptions.

Recently, a woman in the USA died from a Klebsiella pneumoniae infection that was resistant to EVERYTHING. Nothing could kill the bacteria. Myself and others worry that this will become the norm if we don’t do something to try and:

  1. Stop the spread of resistant infections
  2. Stop the acquisition of resistance to other bacteria
  3. Continue to monitor antibiotic prophylaxis of farm animals
  4. Continue to monitor antibiotic resistant bacteria found in commercial meat products
  5. Develop new antibiotics (so not easy)

Antibiotic stewardship is essential … science hasn’t mattered more than in this insane Alternative Facts life we’re now in.

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For more information, the CDC has a website dedicated to antibiotic resistance, and is constantly being updated.

-Dr H.

ps. I’d love to meet the graphic designer behind these CDC images (above)