World Antibiotic Awareness Week Essay Contest 2018: Antibiotics: A Double-Edged Sword (JC/Polytechnic Section First Prize)

‘What We Can Make It’ Megan Sim Hui Ci (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) ____________________________________ Left Hand Side: Traditionalist dialogue aiya antibiotic don’t eat you not sick already eat for what? don’t waste you think save it next time can use again? use when you really “cmi” antibiotic resistance not important, you know one person only how…

World Antibiotic Awareness Week Essay Contest 2018: Should I Change My Microbiome (First Prize)

‘March into the Warren’ Chua Jie Hui (National University of Singapore) Squint in earnest, Fancy with mind’s eye, Otherworldly shapes bustling, In odd fashion.   Spheres tumble, flashing their teeth, Rods whirl off-kilter, All while the flagella, Quiet in a corner, Placidly draw waves.   This one a seasoned politician, That, a headstrong soldier. And…

Livestock-associated MRSA: should we be concerned?

Dr. Nicola J Williams is professor of Zoonotic Bacterial Disease at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, UK. Her research interests include antibiotic resistance, transmission of food-borne pathogens, and the molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria in wildlife, livestock and companion animals. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant…

Antimicrobial stewardship: guiding patient treatment to protect society

Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian is the current director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme at the National University Hospital in Singapore. She works as an Infectious Disease Consultant and Hospital Epidemiologist and is also an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore. She has published multiple papers and book chapters in the area…

The economics of antibiotic resistance

Today’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week blog post comes from Richard Smith, Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on how a country’s health system interacts with other parts of the economy. In this post, he talks about the wide-ranging costs of antimicrobial resistance to individuals…

Penicillin at the petrol shop: unlikely places you can buy antibiotics

Dr Mishal Khan is Assistant Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on gender inequalities in health, health systems strengthening and tuberculosis control. In this blog post, she tells us about some of the less familiar places to get antibiotics around…

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