Antibiotics and Resistance

Antibiotics and Resistance

Healthcare Triage 53,195 views 2016-04-11

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Title Antibiotics and Resistance
Duration 07:53
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Tags antibiotic, antibiotics, resistance, bacteria, virus, penicillin, amoxicillin, cure, disease, treatment, medicine, medical, prescription, drug, drugs, doctor, patient, infections, infectious, infection, prontosil, fleming, Chain, MRSA, staph, resistant, methycillin, hospital, flu, viruses, antibiotic resistance, strain, strains, plasmids, mitosis, meiosis, cell, cattle, pigs

A century ago, the top three causes of death were infectious diseases. More than half of all people dying in the United States died because of germs. Today, they account for a few percent of deaths at most. We owe much of that, of course, to antibiotics. The discovery of prontosil, the first synthetic modern antibiotic, earned Gerhard Dogagk the Nobel Prize in 1939. Mass-produced penicillin earned Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain and Howard Walter Florey one in 1945. It is hard to overstate how much less of a threat infectious diseases pose to us today. But we take antibiotics for granted. We use them inappropriately and indiscriminately. This has led many to worry that our days of receiving benefits from them are numbered. That's the topic of this week's Healthcare Triage. This episode was adapted from a column Aaron wrote for the Upshot. Links to further readings and references can be found there: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/ups... John Green -- Executive Producer Stan Muller -- Director, Producer Aaron Carroll -- Writer Mark Olsen -- Graphics http://www.twitter.com/aaronecarroll http://www.twitter.com/crashcoursestan http://www.twitter.com/johngreen http://www.twitter.com/olsenvideo And the housekeeping: 1) You can support Healthcare Triage on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr Every little bit helps make the show better! 2) Check out our Facebook page: http://goo.gl/LnOq5z 3) We still have merchandise available at http://www.hctmerch.com

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