General
Malaysian student finds antibiotic alternative in the battle against superbugs
 

Malaysian student finds antibiotic alternative in the battle against superbugs

Shared by:

 
A 25-year-old Malaysian PhD student has found a possible alternative in addressing the growing concern of superbugs. Elsewhere, scientists have found a weakness in enteric pathogens as an antibiotic target.
 
today.mims.com
 
20 Sep 2016 - General
 
I am absolutely impressed with this news in two main aspects. Firstly, the innovative way she is working on to deal with the superbug resistance. It succeeded with mice but still long way to prove it on humans with better efficacy and less side effects. The second very astonishing side is the researcher herself. Shu Lam is 25 years old PhD candidate in Melbourne. I am really impressed wither age and determination, especially with what I see here in Malaysia. I don’t know how long it takes to hav...
 (Total 133 words)
Marinelle Castro I think the article is referring to some doctors who immediately prescribe stronger antibiotics unnecessarily, when a less potent antibiotic could work as well. Depending on the patients’ antibiotic use history and on the pathogen, I think we can most usually judge which antibiotic would work well without resorting to the very strong ones. A nurse friend of mine was overly concerned when her 3-ye...
 (Total 112 words)
Hope her endeavors on this new antimicrobial will be fruitful. I agree with Mark Edmon Tan that it sounds like she will have a promising career. The article mentioned that we should avoid prescribing last resort antibiotics. This is quite ironic because I have seen infectious disease specialists utilize the most broad spectrum medications in the event of antibiotic resistance. On an ethical perspective, do we ha...
 (Total 128 words)
Great! I have tremendous respect for soon-to-be Dr. Shu Lam for opting to create a new trail of career. She is now on the cusp of a medical breakthrough if she becomes successful with producing medication that can target future super pathogens and even cancer. I really hope she becomes successful in this research. I can only pin my hopes that the drug would give tolerable and nonfatal adverse effects so that it can be used sooner. As for the issue of drug resistance, the onus is on the doctors f...
 (Total 152 words)
Again, we continue the war against antimicrobial resistance and super bugs. It’s a good thing that scientists, even students, are working to help see what we can do about the threat that this phenomenon brings. The article stating that the CDC has identified certain drug-resistant organisms, and the fact that these require urgent attention, is scary. Despite scientists doing their job to see what new methods can be used against these super bugs, we as health care professionals should also do our...
 (Total 125 words)