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

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 to prevent the antimicrobial drug …

Exclusive AMR Series, Part 4: Why Technology Alone Can’t Solve Antibiotic Resistance

bioMérieux Connection sat down with Jason M. Pogue, PharmD, BCPS-ID, an infectious disease clinical pharmacist, for a wide-ranging conversation about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. Dr. Pogue is a Clinical Pharmacist of Infectious Diseases at Sinai-Grace Hospital – Detroit Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His research …

Severe Influenza Season of 2017-2018 is a Somber Reminder of Why Flu is One of the World’s Greatest Public Health Challenges, according to CDC

On February 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  published the statistics of influenza hospitalizations and fatalities for the week ending January 27, 2018, or Week 4 of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which brings the total number of …

Sepsis in the News, Part 4: Larger Study Planned to Validate Vitamin C benefits in Sepsis

This is the fourth and final post on the topic of the small study published in the journal CHEST, which concluded that, “early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine (VCCT), are effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction, including acute kidney injury, and in reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis …