Matt McCarthy (@drmattmccarthy) is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.

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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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthyWith 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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