Will antimicrobial resistance catapult us back to the pre-penicillin era?

Imagine a world where that strep throat turns into scarlet fever, or a world where you break a tooth, it gets infected, and you die from sepsis (blood poisoning). And there is nothing you can do about it. Antimicrobial resistance is shaping up to be the defining public health and medical issue¬†of the century. You […]

NTDs: Taeniasis and Cysticercosis – you can get epilepsy from contaminated pork

This post is the 16th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Today’s post is about taeniasis and cysticercosis, two related […]

NTDs: Soil-transmitted helminthiases – almost 1/4 of the world’s population are infected

This post is the 15th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Soil-transmitted helminth infections, caused by various species of parasitic […]

NTDs: Rabies – nearly 100% fatal, but absolutely 100% preventable

This post is the 13th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Rabies is classified as a Neglected Tropical Disease, although […]