Since their discovery in the early 20th century, antibiotics have played a crucial role in fighting diseases and infections across the globe. Their ability to destroy pathogenic bacteria has saved millions of lives.. However, according to some scientists, the days of antibiotics are severely numbered. The overuse of antibiotics in both humans and livestock has led to a growth in the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Just recently, scientists in the United States discovered a bug in the urine of a Pennsylvania woman that is resistant to every type of antibiotic, even those reserved for the most serious illnesses.
Throughout the past couple of centuries, many parts of the world have seen a drastic increase in sanitation. Developed countries have seen a decrease in the prevalence of disease and an increase in average lifespan, due at least in part to medical advances such as the development of antibiotics and antibacterial medicine, widespread access to clean running water, and efforts to educate people on cleanliness. However, recent studies are showing that this type of hyper-sanitation may actually be unhealthy.
Nuts have long been one of the most under-appreciated health foods. Despite being packed with protein, fiber, healthy unsaturated fats, and essential vitamins and minerals, nuts seem to suffer from a big PR problem. In fact, it is likely that it’s the fats and the calories (even though they are, in fact, healthy fats and calories) that scare off many people who would otherwise enjoy this healthy snack.
The University of Glasgow in Scotland featured our founder, Rita Colwell, in an insightful podcast on the impact of her work on water quality and changing opportunities for women in science.