You’ve had a series of visiting the toilet; courtesy of diarrhoea. You went to a drug store, got some antibiotics, used it, but your malady persist. Then you might know what I mean by superbugs. These so called superbugs have learnt new ways to remain a survivor.
The three greatest breakthroughs to public health in history have been public sanitation/hygiene, vaccines and antibiotics. Of which vaccines are still mostly recognized as the greatest for preventing many infectious diseases. Antibiotics has its own share but it’s future is seriously at stake with the greater share of the problem as a result of overuse and the tactless use of drugs such as using it to treat for viral infections like cold and flu. Antibiotics have been a valuable weapon in the fight against many infections and have saved the world of another Black Death of the 17th century if I may say. However, these superbugs are a growing threat and they pose a great risk for the society, more like an end to modern medicine, where things as common as strep throat or a bruise could kill again.
Our world has indeed changed from the revolutionary cure of the 20th century to the looming health crisis of the 21st. One begins to wonder what the 22nd century holds. This antibiotic resistance is causing about 700,000 deaths yearly worldwide and it is fast on the rise and also making hospitals: the supposed safe haven a fast lane to death than remedy. There is need for someone to do something and really very fast.
Unveiling…. [Nanotechnology / Nanoparticles]…
The world of science has envisioned Nanotechnology or nanoparticles as our hope against this menace of bacterial antibiotic resistance to serve as a replacement for antibiotic treatment. It also holds with it a promised potential of preserving and extending the effectiveness of existing antibiotics.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a nanosponge (a nanoparticle) that mimics a human blood cell, so that it can circulate through the bloodstream soaking up bacterial infections and toxins. These so-called nanosponges are expected to be particularly effective in treating bacterial infections that have developed immunity to antibiotic treatment and also for treating venoms from snakes.
Also, Researchers at IBM in collaboration with Yi Yan Yang at the Singapore institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology are designing nanoparticles that can kill bacteria by poking holes in them while they hope microbes doesn’t grow resistance to them.
Quite a number of researchers have take on this task of trying to find out the hope these nanoparticles can give us either as an alternative treatment or a complementary treatment with antibiotics or by developing faster methods of detecting and tracking these antibiotic resistance ability in bacteria. Some have tried to supplement the conventional antibiotics with these nanoparticles to complete work left unfinished by these antibiotics.
This menace is yet to be conquered, until then I recommend against the adulterated use of antibiotics, always refer to your physician for the right administration and consultation.