What We Discuss with Matt McCarthy:
- How antibiotics are abused on a large scale by industrial agriculture, prescription-happy doctors, and mysophobic hand washers.
- Why antibiotic abuse is resulting in the fast-track evolution of once easily vanquished bacteria into superbugs from which we have no known protection.
- How herd immunity works, and why you may be at risk for contracting a once-eradicated disease thanks to anti-vaccination propaganda.
- Why the FDA approval process takes so long for new drugs to safely come to market, and how this hinders innovation in a profit-driven pharmaceutical market.
- How genetic editing through new CRISPR technology may be our best hope for quickly reacting to rapidly adapting superbugs.
- And much more…
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With anti-vaccination lunacy running rampant and major metropolitan areas experiencing an ever-increasing homeless problem that squeezes society’s most destitute into close quarters, the climate is ripe for the return of diseases that were all but eradicated decades ago. But if measles, mumps, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, and bubonic plague on a comeback tour aren’t enough to scare you, here’s something else you can worry about instead: death from antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
In this episode we speak with infectious disease specialist and Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic author Dr. Matt McCarthy about how superbugs adapt to the overuse of antibiotics, what makes this a recipe for disaster, and why we’re seemingly just sitting here with our hands in our pockets waiting to be wiped out by a plague of our own creation. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthy
- Matt McCarthy’s Website
- Matt McCarthy at Twitter
- Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials by Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times
- Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, CDC
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infection Symptoms and Causes, The Mayo Clinic
- Five Old-Time Diseases That Are Making a Comeback by Michael Gollust, Health
- Herd Immunity, The History of Vaccines
- Seven Ways to Talk to Anti-Vaxxers (That Might Actually Change Their Minds) by Vanessa Milne, Timothy Caulfield, and Joshua Tepper
- How to Scientifically Dismantle the Four Main Anti-Vaccine Arguments by Adelaida Sarukhan, Barcelona Institute for Global Health
- Vaccine Myths Debunked, Public Health
- Point of View: Why Vaccine Opponents Think They Know More than Medical Experts by Timothy Callaghan, Matthew Motta, and Steven Sylvester, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
- Laws That Criminalize Spread of Infectious Diseases Can Increase Their Stigma by Michelle Andrews, NPR
- The Real Story Behind Penicillin by Dr. Howard Markel
- Dirt Yields Potent Antibiotics: Soil Microbes Make Compounds That Kill Resistant Pathogens, Nature Microbiology
- The Difference Between Latent TB Infection and TB Disease, CDC
- Superbugs Could Kill 10 Million Each Year By 2050, Overtaking Cancer, IFL Science
- Judge Dismisses Johnson & Johnson’s Request to Toss out Lawsuit over Opioids Crisis by Chris McGreal, The Guardian
- How Long Can I Take an Antibiotic to Treat My Acne? American Academy of Dermatology
- Ancient Nubians Made Antibiotic Beer by Jess McNally, Wired
- Colloidal Silver: Is It Safe? The Mayo Clinic
- What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)? Oregon State University
- Naveen Jain | How Moonshot Thinking Will Save the World, TJHS 184
- Using CRISPR to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ by Kristen Hovet, Genetic Literacy Project
- Antibiotics Biotech Firms Are Struggling, The Economist
- FDA Orders Recall of New Antibiotic Drug by Paul Recer, AP News
- After 60 Years, Scientists Uncover How Thalidomide Produced Birth Defects, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Unapproved Prescription Drugs: Drugs Marketed in the United States That Do Not Have Required FDA Approval, FDA
- Why the FDA Does Not Approve Supplements by David A. Kessler, Quackwatch
- The Elixir Tragedy, 1937 by Jef Akst, The Scientist
- Q&A with Thomas Walsh, MD: Treating Immunocompromised Patients with Invasive Infections by Jason Hoffman, Cancer Therapy Advisor
- Why Is the World Suffering from a Penicillin Shortage? by Keila Guimaraes, Al Jazeera
- Tracing Paul Farmer’s Influence by David Vine, American University
- Using Anthrax as a Weapon by Nick Caistor, BBC News Online via UCLA
- Thawing Siberian Permafrost Soil Risks Rise of Anthrax and Prehistoric Diseases by Alec Luhn, The Telegraph
- Christopher Columbus Brought a Host of Terrible New Diseases to the New World by Julia Calderone, Business Insider
- The Official Site of Michael Crichton
- Sounding Off: Dr. Drew on How L.A.’s Homeless Problem Is a Public Health Emergency by Alexandra Ward, Contagion
- Nipah Virus Infection, WHO
- Influenza (Avian and Other Zoonotic), WHO
- Howie Mandel | A Conversation About Mental Health, Talent, and Perseverance, TJHS 210