How to Explain Antimicrobial Resistance to Your Friends and Family (With Infographics)

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Explaining science in simple terms can be tough, but for addressing problems like antimicrobial resistance, public awareness and understanding are vital.  Here are some common questions and answers. What is Antimicrobial Resistance? Is it Different from Antibiotic Resistance? Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when a germ develops or acquires a way …

Watch Regular Bacteria Evolve into Superbugs

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors World health leaders have described superbugs as “nightmare bacteria” that “pose a catastrophic threat” to people in every country in the world. Understanding how superbugs develop, what their resistance mechanisms are, and the impact they have on human health is key to combatting the threat. How do Superbugs Evolve? Superbugs …

Resistance is not the only Danger of Antibiotic Overuse

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. In addition to the development or resistant strains, the overexposure to antibiotics has many other serious adverse effects and toxicities. Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection is one of the most obvious. Other complications include skin rash, antibiotic allergies and serious organ toxicities. Recently, vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam treatment was found to …

Poster: Everyone Matters in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Understanding your role in detecting, reducing and preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is key to combating this growing threat. Once we realize how our actions can impact AMR, we can then take appropriate actions to stop and reduce its development and spread. Acknowledging that certain current clinical, industrial, …