Aphorisms #2: Antimicrobial Resistance

The prescient words of Alexander Fleming, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1945 for his seredipitous discovery of the antibiotic, Penicillin, are worth a mention when it comes to discussing the wise aphorisms around antimicrobial resistance. In an interview given to The New York Times in 1945, he notes that:…

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Aphorisms #1: Antimicrobial Resistance

I am working on a document outlining strategies for monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (hence the recent plethora of posts on the topic!) and sometimes, these documents spout some beautifully poetic paragraphs amidst pages and pages of policy jargon! So I thought of blogging them as and when I come across them! From  Shaban…

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If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?

I wrote about the disaster-in-the-making discovery of transmissible resistance to colistin, a last resort antibiotic, when the Lancet Infectious Diseases published a paper based on data coming out from surveillance in China. At that point of time, the isolation of the transmissible gene providing resistance (mcr1 gene) gained a lot of attention. Maryn McKenna’s blog post went…

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Dengue Vaccines: A Quick Overview

The rising tide of dengue has slowed down in Delhi as the temperatures have started to dip. In the mean time, Mexico has created a ripple by approving the use of Dengvaxia, a tetravalent vaccine against dengue a few days ago. So, I was drawing up a summary of the different vaccines in play, and…

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