The forgotten superbug: Is it time to bring fungal infections out of the dark?

4th August 2020

They kill more than a million and cause misery to billions every year. Yet despite this, fungal infections are all often treated as the poor relation of other, more ‘glamorous’ microorganisms...

Fake medicines are costing lives – and COVID-19 is making a bad situation worse

28th July 2020

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 medical products in developing nations are substandard or falsified – a problem that the COVID-19 pandemic has exaggerated. That’s where Fight the Fakes comes in, a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of falsified and substandard medicines...

BSAC meets Professor Laura Piddock: Former BSAC President makes compelling case for membership

21st July 2020

Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham, UK, Director of Scientific Affairs at Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) and former BSAC President. We took the opportunity to talk to her, amongst other things, about why she feels membership of a learned society is so important, especially for early career professionals...

COVID-19: Small community-focussed projects can make a big difference where the burden of disease is greatest

14th July 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has sent a shockwave through every country in the world, perhaps nowhere is the challenge greater than in low- and middle-income countries, where lifesaving resources, such as face shields, are either scarce or impossible to find. Roger Harrison, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Manchester, describes how a student-led project in Uganda is helping to meet the urgent need...

Could machine learning mean the end of empirical prescribing?

7th July 2020

A technological revolution is poised to transform healthcare forever. Ed Moran, Consultant in Infectious Disease, explores how machine learning could soon be used to improve antibiotic selection...

BSAC meets WHO: Professor Hanan H. Balkhy answers questions on the GLASS Report 2020

30th June 2020

Following the publication of the WHO's latest Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS) report, we caught up with Professor Hanan H. Balkhy to find out how data from the report will be used to stop superbugs...

Superbugs & game theory: Rates of resistance will continue to increase unless we change the “payoff” for prescribers

23rd June 2020

An international research project based at the University of Leicester recently provided the first detailed mathematical proof that antibiotic over-prescribing is a social dilemma of ‘the tragedy of the commons type’. Andrew Colman outlines how this was achieved with the help of game theory.

Poverty and drug resistance: the context needs to change, not the understanding of patients

16th June 2020

While stewardship programmes have some impact on antimicrobial resistance, hardship, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, means traditional awareness-raising campaigns are likely to fail. Is it time for a new approach, focused on community-building?

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