In recent times, the people of India have been heard talking about gene sequencing, gene editing, gene sequencing and many other similar terms. It seems like, they are now getting introduced to the idea and principle behind personal genomics. Continue reading Personal Genomics: Gene Sequencing & Analysis in India.
Hirudo medicinalis (a European medicinal leech) was earlier used in Leech Therapy ( classified as Blood Letting). Leech Therapy was used for the removal of blood from a patient body. The first description of Leech Therapy was found in the text of Sushruta Samhita, written by Sushruta in 800 B.C. who was also considered “the father of plastic surgery”. Diseases, where leech therapy was indicated, were skin diseases, sciatica, and musculoskeletal pains.
Antibiotic Resistance is a term that appears to be like some super terms used in some science fiction movies. But this term is something of which we should be afraid of because antibiotic resistance and spread of drug-resistant pathogens are one of the most serious and dangerous threats to public health in this 21st century. Continue reading What are the different Causes of Antibiotic Resistance?
Several strategies can be used to prevent the emergence of Antibiotic Resistance.
- We can use antibiotics in reasonably high concentrations to destroy susceptible bacteria and most spontaneous mutants, which may arise during the treatment period. Continue reading How can we fight against Antibiotic Resistance?
Bacteria often become resistant through different kinds of mechanisms. One kind of mechanism is never confined to any specific class of antibiotics. Different resistance mechanisms are used in different bacteria to confront the same antibiotics.
Continue reading How do Bacteria become Resistant to Antibiotics?
Fifty years ago people believed that the war of humankind against the infectious diseases was virtually over and science had won over infectious diseases such as pneumonia, whooping cough, polio and small pox with the help of antibiotics, vaccines, and some aggressive public health campaigns.
Antibiotics have been around for many years and if your baby is 3 years or few months old then it is evident that you may get confronted to antibiotics 4 to 5 times in a year and may have fears and doubts about antibiotics. Moreover, many of you may have a habit of taking antibiotics on an old prescription. These habits are not good for your baby’s health. However, if antibiotics are used wisely, they can provide significant benefits.