Posts tagged: antibiotic resistance

The Dangers of Bacterial Resistance and AIDS

It seems like only yesterday that the AIDS pandemic first hit— arriving in a storm of panicked media exclusives and misinformation.  As with any communicable, life-threatening disease, the public’s first questions were inevitably ‘have I been exposed?’ or, even, ‘could I already have AIDS without knowing?’  In the beginning, there was little clear information on where the disease came from, or how it was spread—only the grim knowledge that people were dying.  The absurd—and often mocked—notion the illness could be contracted through a toilet seat or drinking fountain seemed very valid and real—and would only later be dispelled through many years of public education and AIDS literacy campaigns.

25 years later, World AIDS Day celebrated the anniversary of its founding in 1987—marking an important global milestone for AIDS research, awareness and fundraising.  The little red ribbon can be seen everywhere— from Vancouver to Helsinki— and AIDS is now a treatable disease with a vastly improved prognosis.  With modern retroviral therapy, many patients are living past the 20-year mark.  Of course, there’s still much to be done, especially in developing nations where these drugs are often not available—mostly due to financial or political concerns. Read more »

Voices of Our Future Leaders – One Young World Summit 2011

David Cross

David Cross at One Young World Summit 2011

It is the hope of each generation that the next one will make even more of a positive difference. I have the honor of attending the “One Young World Summit 2011” in Zurich and it is inspiring to see the youth of today truly dedicated to making a difference. This premiere event brings together the best, and brightest from around the world to ensure that their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard.

The Summit is designed to address the most pressing issues in the world today and we strongly believe that the reduction of antibiotic resistant infections should be a part of any global health initiative.

Carolyn Cross

Carolyn Cross, CEO & Founder Ondine Biomedical

Today, 130 million doses of antibiotics are administered every year, and up to half of these have been deemed as unnecessary. Antibiotic resistant superbugs have become a global problem, and we may be heading towards a pre-antibiotic era of medication where we will be unable to treat simple infections.

In attending this conference it is my hope to influence some of the delegates to carry on from where I will leave off in my push to reduce antibiotic resistant infections.

You can view some of the highlights from the One Young World Summit at: and I will be sure to follow up with an overview.

Until then congratulations to all of the young voices of our future.

Antibiotic Resistance & Misuse In Animals

Typical facility for raising chicken

In support of last month’s Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Scott McEwan of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph shared a webinar called “Antibiotic Use & Resistance in Animals.” During his presentation, he discussed antibiotic use in animals, the human health impact, and options for intervention. In his webinar, Dr. McEwan pointed out three perceived benefits of antibiotic use in animals: Read more »

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