Super Bugs: Evolving & Nasty
January 15, 2017
Antibiotic resistant infections are called “super bugs” and they represent a growing threat to our health. So, how serious is the risk? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace discusses and answers questions about super bugs.
- What is a super bug and why is it so dangerous?
- We have discussed super bugs on Health Connection before but recent developments are quite frightening. What's changed?
- How does one get a super bug? Where are they most likely to be found and how can one tell the difference between a minor infection and a more serious one?
- Many experts believe that the over-prescribing of antibiotics is to blame for super bugs. Is that the only reason super bugs are a problem or is there more at work here?
- Patients routinely expect -- even demand -- antibiotics. What will it take for patients and physicians to become educated as to when it's appropriate to prescribe an antibiotic?
- For only the fourth time ever, the UN General Assembly is meeting to discuss a health crisis -- this time super bugs. Is it going to take a world-wide effort to find ways to beat super bugs?
- Some current research shows promise for beating super bugs with immunotherapy. What is your opinion?
- Some research on super bugs is being done through animal testing and one recent report shows a possible solution inside our own noses. Where do you think the most promising answers lie?
- What can we do to avoid getting a super bug in the first place?