Editors Advisory – Self Diagnosis is helpful but never conclusive in determining the cause of your condition. Please ensure to read carefully all of the sections of this article before consulting your doctor, as many of these questions will be asked. Read this Preparatory Guide to getting the most from your visit. Alternatively, if you are in severe distress call your Emergency Services or – Click Here for immediate consultation with a doctor online.
The article is arranged in the following headings – 1 – What is numbness in your foot? 2 – What are the symptoms of numbness in your foot? 3 – What causes numbness in your foot? 4 – When to seek medical help for numbness in your foot? 5 – How is numbness in your foot diagnosed? 6 – How is numbness in your foot treated?
Your feet rely on a sense of touch to pull
away from hot surfaces and to navigate changing terrain. But if you
experience numbness in your foot, you may have little to no sensation in
Numbness in your foot may be a temporary condition or
it can be the result of a chronic condition, such as diabetes. The
symptom can also be progressive. You may begin to lose some sensation in
your foot then slowly lose more and more feeling as time goes on.
Seeking medical advice for numbness in your foot may help slow or delay
Your body is a complex
network of nerves that travel from the tips of your toes and fingers to
your brain and back again. If you experience damage, a blockage,
infection, or compression of a nerve that travels to the foot, you may
experience numbness in your foot.
Medical conditions that can cause numbness in your foot include:
may also experience numbness in your foot after prolonged episodes of
sitting. This sensation loss — often called “going to sleep” — occurs
because the nerves that lead to the foot are compressed while you sit.
When you stand and blood flow returns, your foot may feel as if it’s
numb. A pins-and-needles feeling usually follows before circulation and
sensation return to your foot.
in your foot that occurs suddenly and with other symptoms, such as
difficulty breathing, can be cause for concern. Seek immediate medical
attention if you experience the following symptoms as well as numbness
in your foot:
Diagnosing foot numbness depends upon how severe your symptoms are. A doctor may order a computed tomography (CT) scan if you’re having stroke-like symptoms. This allows a doctor to view your brain and identify any blockages or bleeding that could be causing your symptoms.
Your doctor will also take a medical history and ask for a description of your symptoms. Questions asked may include:
How long does the numbness last?
What other symptoms do you experience along with the numbness?
When did you first notice the numbness in your foot?
When is the numbness worse?
What makes the numbness better?
you share your medical history with your doctor, a physical examination
typically follows. Your doctor will most likely examine your feet and
determine if the sensation loss impacts one or both feet. Some studies
your doctor may order include:
electromyography, which measures how well muscles respond to electrical stimulation
Numbness in the foot is a
common cause of imbalance and can increase your risk of falling.
Working with a physical therapist to develop a balance program will help
reduce your fall risk.
Movements and exercises that don’t
irritate your foot numbness are great ways to improve blood flow to the
affected nerves. Talk to your doctor and physical therapist about
designing an exercise program that works for you.
numbness in your foot is very important. A lack of sensation can
increase your risk for foot wounds, trips, and falls. You may experience
a cut or injury without knowing it if you cannot sense the foot well.
Your wound may not heal as quickly if you have decreased circulation.
Treating the underlying cause of numbness in your foot may help the symptom go away.
doctor may also recommend seeing a podiatrist at least yearly if you
have chronic numbness in your foot. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
inspect your feet regularly for cuts or wounds
put a mirror on the floor so you can see the soles of your feet better
wear well-fitting shoes that protect your feet to minimize your risk for foot wounds
Keeping these precautions in mind can help minimize any other potential problems that can be caused by foot numbness.
Editors Advisory – Self Diagnosis is helpful but never conclusive in determining the cause of your condition. Please ensure to read carefully all of the sections of this article before consulting your doctor or Click Here for immediate consultation with a doctor online.
Abstaining from alcohol can lead to several mental health benefits, including improved focus, energy, memory and sleep. It can also reduce your risk for heart problems, liver problems and several types of cancer.
The most obvious immediate side effects of drinking are related to the harm it causes to the brain. You feel dizzy, confused and disoriented right after drinking a lot of alcohol. The next day, you feel groggy and may have a headache. Other common physical side effects of alcohol include nausea, vomiting, and low body temperature.
These effects are symptoms of the internal damage that alcohol causes. Vital organs and other internal parts of the body can recover from infrequent, moderate drinking. But the regular binge drinking and heavy drinking that often accompany alcohol addiction can cause long-term damage that lowers your quality of life. Drinking this way increases your chances of developing numerous alcohol-related diseases.
Fortunately, the body can usually bounce back if you quit drinking. Recovery from liver damage may even be possible. You may not realize that alcohol is hurting your everyday health until you quit drinking and start to feel better.
Physical Benefits of Abstaining from Alcohol
The most noticeable physical benefits of sobriety occur in the brain. Depending on how much you’re used to drinking, these can occur fairly quickly.
Within a few days or weeks, you’ll notice improvements in your:
Cutting back on alcohol intake may help you lose weight. It can also help improve nutritional deficiencies related to drinking. Quitting alcohol can also lower the risk of developing different cancers.
Quitting alcohol can potentially prevent:
Alcohol also harms the immune system. People who drink regularly may be more likely to get sick. Abstaining from alcohol allows your body’s natural defenses to operate at full strength and protect you from the disease.
Mental Health Improvements During Sobriety
In addition to physical side effects, alcohol can cause several mental health problems. It often disrupts sleep and mood. People who drink heavily are at an increased risk for anxiety disorders and depression. Extremely heavy drinkers may also experience hallucinations. Quitting alcohol can help you recover from many mental health ailments.
The mental health benefits of sobriety include:
Longer and deeper sleep
If you continue to experience mental health problems after months of abstinence, you may have a co-occurring disorder that’s independent of alcohol use. Alcohol can make existing mental health conditions worse, but co-occurring disorders are treatable if you receive therapy.
Other Benefits of Quitting Alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to embarrassing moments and regrettable situations. People who overdrink or drink too often are more likely to experience problems in other parts of life.
When you quit drinking, you may experience:
Greater academic success
Fewer financial and legal problems
Increased confidence in yourself
Many people don’t notice that alcohol is impacting other parts of their life. They may not realize that they’re spending less time with friends or family because they’re recovering from a hangover. Or they may not recognize that sluggishness at work or school is related to drinking the night before.
In the earliest alcoholic recovery stages, alcoholics may also rationalize their drinking or deny that there’s an issue — even when all signs point to a problem.
How Each Person Is Likely to Benefit
It’s difficult to estimate when a person will experience benefits from sobriety because each person is different. Factors such as your age, gender, weight, family history, and existing health conditions affect the benefits that you’ll experience.
For example, a 55-year-old man who has been drinking three beers each day for 20 years has probably developed minor liver problems. Abstaining from alcohol is likely to have a major impact on his life. His liver will be able to heal itself after a month or two of abstinence, and he’ll likely feel more energetic and focused within weeks of quitting.
A 25-year-old woman who only drinks a few glasses of wine on the weekend may not experience clear health benefits when she quits drinking. But she may notice that she has fewer groggy mornings.
However, a 25-year-old woman who binge drinks at every Friday happy hour and Sunday brunch will probably experience significant physical and mental health benefits after reducing her alcohol intake.
Some people with alcohol addiction may take longer to recognize the benefits of sobriety. They could continue to keep the alcoholic mindset even though they are sober. These people, sometimes referred to as dry drunks, may act recklessly or dysfunctionally.
Fortunately, recovery programs can help people adopt healthier ways of thinking and behaving to prevent alcohol relapse.
Overall, high-risk drinkers are more likely to benefit from abstinence because alcohol is causing more health problems in their lives than it causes in the lives of responsible drinkers. But anyone can benefit from sobriety because the potential benefits of alcohol don’t outweigh its known harms and risks.
The following video is a charming, friendly & personal account of the Top 10 Reasons To Quit Drinking Alcohol, from Wranglerstar.
The Top 10 Reasons To Quit Drinking Alcohol are as follows – #1. Stop doing stupid things. Drinking alcohol breaks down inhibitions leading to stupid & unnecessary spending, (especially online), inappropriate social behavior, excessive eating, etc. #2. Don’t become ‘The insufferable Bore’ in social situations. There is nothing worse than the new convert to sobriety in a social gathering virtue-signaling about the wonders of not drinking alcohol. It is like the old joke about how do you know the Vegan at the dinner party? (They’ll tell you). #3. Sleep. Enjoy the “Sleep of the Just’. Excessive drinking of alcohol disrupts deep & healing sleep which is vital to maintaining health. #4. Sobriety clears your mind to accomplish more in your life. Experience the clarity of thought & purpose in your life without the after-effects of a heavy night’s drinking. #5. Save money. Speaks for itself! #6. Loose weight. As stated in #1. Eating fattening food is common while intoxicated. #7. Respect. Excessive drinking will inevitably lead to others in your social circle losing respect for you. Especially if you are a father & husband. #8. See #2 #9. Self-pride. Having the strength of character to firmly but gently resist alcohol will enhance your self-worth. #10. Quitting will make you a happier person. There is an old quote about alcohol – ‘Alcohol will preserve everything except – Health. Happiness & Money.
Quote – Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.
At Paris, 18 March of 1314, on the island of the Seine in front of the
Garden real, Jacques de Molay, the last Great Master of the Templars,
and Geoffroy de Charny, preceptor of Normandy, were burned as heretics.
finishes the history of the Knights of the Temple after two centuries.
The Templars would have been in possession of the most hidden secrets of
alchemy. They were first to use the IPERICO on burns and hurts from
cut, like antiseptic, astringent, healing, and in order to improve humor
of the soldiers that remained immobilized in bed for months.
Templars created a mixture with pulp of Aloe, pulp of Hemp and wine of
Palm called “ELISIR of GERUSALEM”, with therapeutic and nourishing
properties, they used the Arborescens ALOE for its antiseptic,
bactericidal and fungicide actions and for its capacity to penetration
in the deeper layers of the skin. Robert Anton Wilson, in his book on
the Templars, asserts that they used the hashish and practiced a shape
of Arabic Tantrism; the doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of
oneness of one’s self and the visible world, combining elements of
hinduism and paganism, including magical and mystical elements.
The authors of Holy Blood and Holy Grail,
Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, comment that the Templars need to treat
wounds and illness, made them experts in the use of drugs and the Order
in advance of their time regarded epilepsy not as demonic possession but
as a controllable disease. Interestingly, cannabis is the safest
natural or synthetic medication proven successful in the treatment of
forms of epilepsy.
esoteric inheritance and the alchemical-spagyrics acquaintances were
handed from the Templars to the Crocifers. From these Orders, that one
of Saint Giacomo or Jacobite managed many Hospitals during the XV
century. To the Jacobite monks , in quality of experts in the cure of
the diseases of the skin, the task was entrusted to cure the wounded
soldiers during the Crusades, in the Hospitals of Malta and Cyprus.
them, in fact, was attributed the capability to create miraculous
ointments. In such historical context it must estimate the work of the
Templars concluding with recognizing that they, anticipating the times,
had a modern vision of the Medicine and, although were considered
heretics and consigned to the fire, recently a document has been
recovered in Archives Vaticans from the studious Barbara Frale that
demonstrates as Pope Clemente V secretly pardoned Templars in 1314,
acquitting their Great Master from the heresy accusation.
parchment for Templar Leaders including Jaques de Molay by the
Apostolic Commission “ad inquirendum” of the 3 papal legates Bérenger
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15th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Rhodes-Greece Prof. Camillo O. Di Cicco, M.D. (Abstract)
The misuse of antibiotics has fueled the growth of bacteria called superbugs that are resistant to once effective drugs. Knowing the misconceptions around antibiotics will help you and your doctor decide when to take them, and when to steer clear.
Topics Covered –
Problem of Self medication
Antibiotic misuse & ‘Superbugs’
Antibiotic misuse in treatment of Viruses
Antibiotics ineffective against Flu Common Cold & most Bronchitis
Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections
Side effects using Antibiotics. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, yeast infections, nerve damage.
Antibiotics destroy healthy bacteria in the intestines.
Shorter Course of Antibiotics works for. Ear Infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Sinus Infections.
Important to consult Doctors on the proper course of Antibiotic treatment.
Difference between Broad-spectrum & narrow-spectrum Antibiotics.
Dancing plague of 1518, event in which hundreds of citizens of Strasbourg (then a free city within the Holy Roman Empire, now in France) danced uncontrollably and apparently unwillingly for days on end; the mania lasted for about two months before ending as mysteriously as it began.
In July 1518, a woman whose name was given as Frau (Mrs.) Troffea (or Trauffea) stepped into the street and began dancing. She seemed unable to stop, and she kept dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion. After resting, she resumed the compulsive frenzied activity. She continued this way for days, and within a week more than 30 other people were similarly afflicted. They kept going long past the point of injury. City authorities were alarmed by the ever-increasing number of dancers. The civic and religious leaders theorized that more dancing was the solution, and so they arranged for guildhalls for the dancers to gather in, musicians to accompany the dancing, and professional dancers to help the afflicted to continue dancing. This only exacerbated the contagion, and as many as 400 people were eventually consumed by the dancing compulsion. A number of them died from their exertions. In early September the mania began to abate.
The 1518 event was the most thoroughly documented and probably the last of several such outbreaks in Europe, which took place largely between the 10th and 16th centuries. The otherwise best known of these took place in 1374; that eruption spread to several towns along the Rhine River.
Contemporary explanations for the dancing plague included demonic possession and overheated blood. Investigators in the 20th century suggested that the afflicted might have consumed bread made from rye flour contaminated with the fungal disease ergot, which is known to produce convulsions. American sociologist Robert Bartholomew posited that the dancers were adherents of heretical sects, dancing to attract divine favour. The most widely accepted theory was that of American medical historian John Waller, who laid out in several papers his reasons for believing that the dancing plague was a form of mass psychogenic disorder. Such outbreaks take place under circumstances of extreme stress and generally take form based on local fears. In the case of the dancing plague of 1518, Waller cited a series of famines and the presence of such diseases as smallpox and syphilis as the overwhelming stressors affecting residents of Strasbourg. He further maintained that there was a local belief that those who failed to propitiate St. Vitus, patron saint of epileptics and of dancers, would be cursed by being forced to dance.
This article explores issues concerning the growing problem with resistance to antibiotics & antimicrobials worldwide. From overuse of antibiotics in the general populations to lack of understanding of the proper use of antibiotic medication to ease of purchase of over the counter antibiotics in certain jurisdictions, to the over-prescription of antibiotics by physicians. I reference numerous authoritative sources explaining antibiotic resistance, its causes, effects & possible solutions to the problem.
Antibiotic Resistance (AR or ABR) & Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR or AR): are generally defined as the capability of bacteria and other microorganisms to prevent the effects of an antibiotic or biocides to which they were once receptive. Antibiotic resistance is a major concern & is caused by many complex factors including the overuse & over-prescription of antibiotics. Also known as drug resistance. (The term antibiotic resistance is a subset of AMR, as it applies only to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics).
Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microbe to eliminate the effects of medication that in the past successfully treated the microbe. Resistant microbes are more challenging to treat, requiring alternative medications or higher doses of antimicrobials until the treatment is no longer productive. This treatment can be more expensive, more toxic or both. Microbes resistant to multiple antimicrobials are called multidrug-resistant (MDR). Those considered extensively drug-resistant (XDR) or totally drug-resistant (TDR) are sometimes termed “superbugs“.
Cross-species. Where species acquire resistance from another.
All classes of microbes can develop resistance. Fungi develop antifungal resistance. Viruses develop antiviral resistance. Protozoa develop antiprotozoal resistance, and bacteria develop antibiotic resistance. Resistance can appear spontaneously because of random mutations. However, extended use of antimicrobials appears to encourage selection for mutations which can render antimicrobials ineffective.
Preventative measures –
Prevention can be effective when only using antibiotics when required, thereby halting the misuse of antibiotics or antimicrobials. Narrow-spectrum antibiotics are preferred over broad-spectrum antibiotics when feasible, as effectively and accurately targeting specific organisms is less likely to cause resistance, as well as side effects. When home-medicating without supervision, education about proper use is essential. Both public & Health care providers can minimize the spread of resistant infections by the employment of correct sanitation and hygiene, including handwashing and disinfecting between patients, and should encourage the same of the patient, visitors, and family members.
The growing problem of drug resistance is caused mainly by the use of antimicrobials in humans and other animals, and the exchange of resistant strains between both. Expanding resistance has also been connected to the disposal of inadequately treated effluents from the pharmaceutical industry, especially in developing countries where bulk drugs are produced. Antibiotics increase selective pressure in bacterial populations, causing vulnerable bacteria to die; this increases the percentage of resistant bacteria which continue growing. Even at very low levels of antibiotic, resistant bacteria can have a growth advantage and grow faster than vulnerable bacteria. With resistance to antibiotics becoming more common there is a greater need for alternative treatments. Calls for new antibiotic therapies have been issued, but new drug development is becoming less & less viable due to high costs.
Antibiotic & Antimicrobial resistance is increasing worldwide because of the greater availability of antibiotic drugs in developing countries. Statistics estimate there are 700,000 to several million deaths resulting per year. Each year in North America, at least 2.8 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 35,000 people die as a result. There are public calls for worldwide collective action to address the threat that includes proposals for international treaties on antimicrobial resistance. Worldwide antibiotic resistance is not completely identified, but poorer countries with weaker healthcare systems are more affected.
Antibiotic resistance results in longer hospital treatment, increased medical costs and an increase in mortality.
A survey conducted by PEW Research in 2014 on The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance & its effects on the US Healthcare sector found the following-
63% of infectious disease doctors have treated patients with infections that did not respond to any antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance costs the US Healthcare system up to $20 Billion per year.
Every antibiotic in use today is based on a discovery made more than 30 years ago.
2 Million Americans acquire serious infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.
3 – Causes of Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance is now a global threat & if left unchallenged may well become an existential threat. It is important to examine the complex background that has led Global medicine to this situation. As if by magic, discoveries in antibiotics, originally over 30 years ago, were once hailed as miracle cures, but overuse has led to a sharp decline in their effectiveness
The importance of correct treatment.
The deployment of antibiotics has saved countless lives, but its habitual use to treat any & all infections, whether serious, minor, or even viral will logically lead to an increase in antibiotic resistance & mutation. Antibiotics strictly target bacteria, but it is challenging to differentiate between viral and bacterial infections without costly tests. It is often less time-consuming and more cost-effective to proactively prescribe antibiotics, rather than take precautions and prescribe only the correct treatment.
Another issue with antibiotics is the inability to monitor patient intake. Antibiotic dosages are devised to combat entire populations of the pathogens. When antibiotics are not taken for the entire prescribed course, pathogenic bacteria can adapt to the presence of low dose antibiotics, and eventually create a population that is totally resistant to the antibiotic regardless of the dosage.
Antibiotic usage is also not exclusive to humans. Every day, antibiotics are used to treat livestock and fish to prevent infections. Similar to overuse in humans, uncontrolled use of antibiotics creates a reservoir of bacteria that could become resistant, thus rendering the antibiotic impotent.
City living can be lethal. As a result of cities becoming more densely populated, its inhabitants are exposed to more pathogens all the time. Hospitals and clinics are experiencing more and more patients with infections, and it is extremely difficult to inhibit the spread of a pathogen in a population. Identification, isolation or treatment of all infectious diseases are not always feasible, resulting in the addition of more pathogens to the immediate environment. Along with a lack of hygiene and poor sanitation, large urban conurbations become an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Antibiotic development has declined significantly in the past few decades.
Additionally, a major issue in antibiotic resistance is the decline of new & more adaptive antibiotics being developed by the pharmaceutical industry. Following an unparalleled number of antibiotic discoveries in the past 4 decades, the number of new antibiotics being identified has almost completely ceased. Without new drugs to combat the ever-increasing number of antibiotic resistance, society is running out of options in the treatment of infections.
In summary, the 6 main causes of antibiotic resistance have been linked to:
Over-prescription of antibiotics
Patients not finishing the entire antibiotic course
Overuse of antibiotics in livestock and fish farming
According to ‘Dose of Reality’, an examination of the Global use of Antibiotics by The Economist in 2015 the following chart displays usage by country.
As examined above, Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria adapt in a way that renders antibiotic drugs used to kill them impotent. Antimicrobial resistance concerns resistance not just to antibiotics, but also to other antimicrobials used to treat other microbes, such as viruses, fungi, and parasites. But what is the scale & scope of the problem?
The global medical establishment has been passive in recognizing the scale of the problem and to act, even though the first record of resistance to quinine as an antimalarial was noted in the 19th century and the first case of penicillin resistance in a patient was recorded in 1947, just five years after the antibiotic went into worldwide use.
Eventually, all medications encounter resistance and too few alternative treatments are coming forward. For example, the gonorrhea bacterium has become very challenging to treat. Much modern surgery would be too risky if infections cannot be treated. Cancer chemotherapy and organ transplantation would no longer be viable. This is now a real danger, as bacteria continue to develop resistance while the flow of new antibiotics has diminished.
There is a requirement for a deeper understanding of the factors causing antimicrobial resistance, as well as an assessment of its economic impact and security implications. There are many challenges facing all sectors of public health.
What actions do governments need to take regarding stewardship and infection control?
What needs to be done to stimulate new drug development?
What cross-sectoral actions, particularly in the food and agricultural sector, need to be taken?
What should governments do together to combat this global threat?
6 – Infections & Illnesses affected by Antibiotic Resistance
In 2013, CDC published the first AR Threats Report, which sounded the alarm to the danger of antibiotic & antimicrobial resistance. The report stated that each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die. The 2013 AR Threats Report helped inform the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The 2013 and 2019 reports do not include viruses (e.g., HIV, influenza) or parasites.
The report was published listing 4 main categories of antibiotic & antimicrobial resistance.
7 – Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain
The CDC has produced an educational infographic concerning the spread of Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain, from farm to Table.
8 – Medical & Technological Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance
In a 2018 article titled ‘Medical technologies in the fight against antimicrobial resistance’, healtheuropa.eu reports that –
Diagnostic tests and other medical technologies have an essential role to play in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which has been widely recognised as one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st Century. Drug-resistant bacteria threaten to undo decades of hard-won progress in the fight against ill health and disease and return medicine to a pre-antibiotic era in which common, everyday infections become untreatable superbugs.
Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Resistance is, (literally,) deadly serious & for this reason, controversy rages continually around this subject. While it is impossible to apportion blame to any one of many possible causes it may be instructive to watch the following video entitled – “Antibiotic Resistance is Real. We Need to Take it Seriously”, a lecture given by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of England, Dept. of Health. Hosted by WIRED UK.
Topics covered in this video –
Welcome Trust & calls for government action from Ghanian, Indian & Thai governments.
Post Apocalyptic scenario of ‘Flemings Bugs’ ‘getting their way’.
Problems caused by lack of data.
Comparison of Antibiotic Resistance to Climate Change.
Babies in India dying of Drug Resistant Sepsis.
Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Resistance currently impacting on the ‘YOPI’s’. The Young. The Old. The Pregnant & The Immune Compromised.
5000 Deaths in England per year.
1 in 4 Prescriptions of antibiotics don’t work.
1 in 3 take Antibiotics once a year.
Problem of casualization of use of Antibiotics.
Projection of 10 Million deaths per year by 2050.
Impact on Global economic growth.
Impact on Sustainable Development Growth.
The ‘Discovery Void’. New classes of Antibiotics ceased in late 1980’s. Leading to ‘Market failure’ & disinvestment in new research.
Requirement for new ‘Market Pull Mechanisms’.
Problems in Aqua Culture, fish vaccinations in Asia. Discharge of excess Antibiotics into the environment, water table.
Problems in Agriculture & Food Chain. Use of Antibiotics for growth promotion which stimulates resistance. Example of resistant salmonella.
Problem of Antibiotic both treating a bacterial infection but also giving patient Antibiotic resistant bugs which can sit in gut for 6 – 12 months.
Problem of Globalization. ‘Bugs know no Borders’.
Challenge of Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance spread internationally.
Challenge of building new partnerships in fight against Antibiotic Resistance. Public, private, pharmaceutical, governmental & with NGO’s.
Interesting new innovations in Big Tech. ie. Drones for delivery, mobile diagnostics. etc.
Better use of social media for public education & awareness.
An in-depth documentary which examines the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. It’s causes, origin, transmission & treatment
Spanish Flu pandemic. Historical pandemics. World War 1. Army living conditions. Civilian living conditions. Troop movements, War machine. Disease contagion. Epidemiology. Civilian population. Civilization. Southeast Asia origin of flu pandemics. Incubation. Public health issues. Food shortages. Viral mutation. Viral species transfer. Flu symptoms. Secondary infections. Pneumonia. Controversy. Political mismanagement. American Medical Association. Dengue. Vertigo. Headaches. Blindness. Double vision. Mucus excretions. Poison gas. Hemorrhagic fever. Oxygen starvation. Delirium. The ‘Blue Death’. Speed of death. High death rate. Hospital overcrowding. Quarantine. Philadelphia. San Francisco. Avian flu. H1N1. John Hopkins Center. Immunization. 2009 Swine flu.
“I had a little bird. Its name was Enza. I opened the window & in-flu-Enza” Children’s rope jumping song. 1918