Superbugs – micro organism that resist the consequences of probably the most highly effective antibiotics – are being reported an increasing number of steadily. Some docs see their rise as heralding the top of the age of antibiotics. BBC Information On-line’s well being crew presents an summary of the previous, current and way forward for the 20th century’s biggest medical breakthrough.
The rising superbug
Visa is resistant to simply about each antibiotic recognized to medication and has been found in hospitals from Japan to Scotland – discover out the place it comes from and why it’s got docs frightened.
The UK’s first superbug
BBC Scotland’s Asad Ahmed on the web site of the UK’s first superbug – the Royal Glasgow Infirmary
A short historical past of antibiotics
Antibiotics have revolutionised medical care within the 20th century, however lately bugs have been profitable the battle towards the medical career.
Residing historical past
Sharon Alcock will get an in depth up view of Alexander Fleming’s penicillin at a sale of medical devices
BBC Well being Correspondent Richard Hannaford examines variation in European observe
Micro organism: A bug’s life
Meet probably the most profitable organism on earth, and discover out why it poses a menace to people.
A future for antibiotics?
If superbugs finally defeat docs, what does the medical world have up its sleeve? BBC Information On-line finds out.
Douglas Georgala, chairman of the federal government’s advisory committee on antibiotics, says the event of recent antibiotics is turning into an increasing number of troublesome
The grasp swap
BBC Science Correspondent Christine McGourty examines the potential of a method that “turns off” micro organism
On the leading edge
BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh hears from scientists on the 1999 British Affiliation Pageant of Science
A affected person’s information
Antibiotics are helpful in combating bacterial sicknesses, however docs say sufferers want to concentrate on the do and don’ts of utilizing them.
What sufferers need
Roger Odd and Dr Rosemary Leonard focus on why “typical sufferers” demand antibiotics from their physician
Dr George Rae of the British Medical Affiliation says the way in which ahead is about training
The duty forward
Dr Simon Fradd, of the Physician Affected person Partnership, says it’s going to take a very long time to alter public opinion
Medical doctors usually complain they really feel below stress to prescribe antibiotics to maintain sufferers completely satisfied. BBC Physician Colin Thomas describes his experiences.
Medical doctors’ perspective
Richard Hannaford meets docs’ leaders, who say the issue of over-prescribing is small
Burden of accountability
Charlotte Gann, editor of Well being Which? journal tells the BBC that docs should take the lead
Antibiotics have been utilized in farming since their introduction, however fears concerning the growing danger of superbugs have led to their use being curbed. BBC Setting Correspondent Alex Kirby appears on the present state of play.
BBC Setting Correspondent Margaret Gilmore says 1000’s of pigs, poultry and a few sheep and cattle are routinely given antibiotics
BBC Setting Correspondent Richard Wilson investigates entry to antibiotics – which farmers can get and not using a prescription