Tag: medicine

  • Global antibiotic use is on the rise. What does this mean for superbugs? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Global antibiotic use is on the rise. What does this mean for superbugs?

    As we’ve covered before, the main driver of antibiotic resistance is the overuse of antibiotics. The more antibiotics are out there, the more exposure bacteria get, and the more likely they are to evolve defenses. Now, a new report has found that global antibiotic usage is up 65% from 2000 to 2015–how does this impact…

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  • Quarter of human drugs disrupt gut microbiome, study finds. Is this breeding superbugs? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Quarter of human drugs disrupt gut microbiome, study finds. Is this breeding superbugs?

    I’ve got a gut feeling this one is going to interest you. New findings show that about a quarter of non-antibiotic drugs have side effects impacting the growth of at least one species in the gut microbiome–the bacteria that live in our gut. This could be the first steps down a new avenue for studying…

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  • This fusion company wants to use its tech to fight cancer | Miles O'Brien Productions

    This fusion company wants to use its tech to fight cancer

    A private venture pursuing fusion power technology has stumbled on a potent way to kill cancer cells while methodically marching toward the Holy Grail of energy production. TAE, formerly Tri Alpha Energy has notched several key milestones on the road toward making fusion practical–thanks to some deep-pocket funding from the likes of Paul Allen. Fusion…

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