Media & Graphics

PBS FRONTLINE: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Dear All:  Frontline will today broadcast an updated version of the excellent Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria show that first broadcast in 2013. Here’s the link to the announcement and here is the short description of this 1-h program: “Described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “nightmare bacteria,” there are now predictions that drug-resistant superbugs will kill more

Read More »

Superb PBS Newshour segment on agricultural use of antibiotics + McKeena’s Big Chicken book

Dear All:  I wrote a few weeks ago about the Stopping Superbugs series from PBS Newshour. PBS has since then added some superb new materials: A marvelous 10-minute video story on agricultural use of antibiotics A column on Maryn McKenna’s upcoming Big Chicken book (scheduled for release on 12 Sep) A column on the never-ending debate about taking the entire course of antibiotics These build on

Read More »

An apple a day (used to) keep the doctor away

Dear All: OK … enough with bad news, at least for today. In today’s edition of XKCD (link), we learn about resistance to apples and the need to use good apple stewardship. Image reproduced with permission from https://xkcd.com/2161/ If you don’t read XKCD, you should! All best wishes, –jr John H. Rex, MD | Chief Medical

Read More »

Initiatives for addressing AMR in the environment: Reports from a joint WT, CDC, and UK-SIN project

Dear All: The United Kingdom Science and Innovation Network (UK-SIN), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), and the Wellcome Trust (WT) have recently released a white paper highlighting the potential for the environment (e.g., soil and water) to be a source of antimicrobial-resistant microbes that can affect human health: Executive Summary: Initiatives

Read More »

Public opinion poll (US): 70%+ agree need for government intervention addressing AMR, including support for AMR R&D

Dear All: IDSA and Research!America have worked together to conduct a broadly representative opinion poll in the United States regarding AMR. The project was supported by Pfizer and surveyed 1,004 adults in the US during October 2018. Key results: Less encouraging but probably an improvement from the past, 1/3rd of respondents thought antibiotics were effective

Read More »

33,100 deaths in EU/EEA during 2015 attributable to resistant bacteria

Dear All: Cassini et al. have just published a truly scary paper. Here’s the bulk of the abstract … I can’t improve on it. Methods: We estimated the incidence of infections with 16 antibiotic resistance–bacterium combinations from European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) 2015 data that was country-corrected for population coverage. We multiplied the number of bloodstream

Read More »

Superb Book To Read & Share: “Superbugs, An Arms Race Against Bacteria”

Dear All: I would like to draw your attention to a superb new book by William Hall, Anthony McDonnell, and Jim O’Neill. The names of the authors may be familiar as Jim O’Neill chaired the UK AMR Review and William Hall and Anthony McDonnell were two of the members of the core team who produced the Review’s seven excellent reports on

Read More »

CARB-X is seeking additional accelerators to expand support for its pipeline

Dear All: It is exciting to see that CARB-X today announced that it is seeking to partner with up to 6 additional accelerator organizations to expand its drug development and business support for its growing pipeline of early development antibacterial research projects. The Powered by CARB-X portfolio currently has 22 active projects in its pipeline, with more project announcements

Read More »
Scroll to Top