A little later than usual due to me being on leave and doing other things!
Another brief, but extremely worthwhile of the extra coverage #TOTW:
New antibiotic could transform treatment
A report from BBC Scotland’s Ken MacDonald in which, “Scientists at Strathclyde University, who developed the antibiotic, say it is the first of a new class of drug that could transform the treatment of potentially fatal diseases.”
Not only is this a good news story in relation to C.Diff, but it is also great in terms of the discovery of a new class of antibiotic – not something that happens often.
This is definitely something to be celebrated!
That is all!
For this week’s #TOTW I turn to a subject that i’ve mentioned many times in tweets and retweets, namely that of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance:
: US discovery labelled ‘game-changer’ for
The most promising of a number of possible new antibiotics discovered is that called teixobactin. These new antibiotics have been produced in a so-called “subterranean hotel,” and “could be a game-changer,’ states Professor Laura Piddock from the University of Birmingham.
According to analysis by James Gallagher, the health editor for BBC News website, “It works on only Gram-positive bacteria; this includes MRSA and mycobacterium tuberculosis. It cannot penetrate the extra layer of protection in Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli.”
Even given the possible limitations of teixobactin, and the fact that human trials have still to take place, the fact that there is the very possibility of a new class of antibiotics has to be exciting news, given the current “crisis” of antimicrobial resistance due to the over-prescription of many antibiotics.
Check out the link for some interesting graphics and information on the timeline of antibiotic discoveries!
How to chose? With all 6 of the “challenges” – Food, Paralysis, Dementia, Flight, Antibiotics and Water – being worthy of further financial investment, how do you possibly choose between them? How about *YOU* invest just under an hour of your time and then make your mind up!
Personally for me, it’s between Dementia and Antibiotics, though I haven’t actually decided yet! You may feel that £10 millions won’t make much of a difference to any of the above, given their magnitude. However, I feel that it’s more about getting people involved in deciding which of the projects they feel is deserving of the investment. Better to have at least some element of public involvement, rather than it being decided by others on our behalf. Who knows, the entrant that wins this year’s Longitude Prize and receives the £10 millions award may go on to discover new treatments, processes or technology that turn out to be as revolutionary as that produced by John Harrison, a clockmaker and winner of the very first Longitude Prize:
Voting closes at 19.10hrs on June 25, 2014 so please, please, please get involved and VOTE NOW!
A few months ago, at the end of each week’s tweeting, I started to pick one of my tweets/retweets and post it again as my ‘Tweet of the Week’ or #TOTW. This has usually been for a topic that is important to me for one reason or another, or just something that I feel deserves more “airtime.”
From today I have decided to start posting my #TOTW on my website, in order that I might write a few words about it. This may literally just be a few words, or a bit more depending on the subject and the time I have. Whatever it is I write, I will just have more opportunity than Twitter, with it’s 140 characters!
So from all the topics I have tweeted about this last week I chose:
‘Human vs superbug: Too late to turn the tide?’ from
I chose this topic, as it is hugely important, and one which is in the press/media a lot lately. I don’t actually have a whole lot to say about it, other than, please take a look at the link from the BBCiWonder website and see if there is anything you didn’t already know about antibiotic resistance, and what you can do to help fight it.
If the subject is of interest to you, then please have a scroll through my Twitter-feed and you’ll find a number of links to the topic, as it’s something I regularly tweet about. In fact I tweeted about it first thing this morning! 🙂