The World Antibiotic Awareness Week took place last 14-20 November, and the Antibiotic Resistance Initiative ISGlobal team took the chance to explain to the world what are the main difficulties on the fight against antibiotic resistance – a serious problem that threatens our ability to treat infectious diseases and poses a serious risk to the progress made in global health in the past decades. They summarise the issues in four battlefronts:
1- New antibiotics
3- Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
You can read the whole report here.
In this recent post by the HealthISglobal blog, Margarita Triguero, a PhD student at CREAL (now part of ISGLobal), gives us an overview about some recent studies showing the effects of natural spaces – mostly green spaces, both big and small – on health. As she says, blue spaces, such as lakes, rivers, or the sea, have been much less studied so far, but that’s about to change with a new international project called “BlueHealth Project“, which is led from the UK and in which the CREAL/ISGlobal researchers are involved.
Looking forward to hear more about this new project, which started earlier this year and will run until 2020! For the time being, you can read Margarita’s post here!
Citizen Science is blooming. There’s a growing number of examples of research projects in which the general population can participate. In this post at the blog Health ISGlobal, the researcher Irene Eleta (CREAL) talks about some of these projects which are related to air pollution and that scientists at CREAL /ISGlobal are leading, such as CITI-SENSE.
Tom Cole-Hunter, a postdoctoral researcher at the CREAL, one of the centres within the PRBB, has written this post recently in the “Health is Global” blog about air pollution, cycling and the risks and benefits of their combination.
Cole-Hunter and his colleagues at the CREAL – an allied centre of ISGlobal – are involved in the European Commision-backed project CITI-SENSE , which aims to create real-time updated maps of air quality in several European cities.
[This text was originally published in Spanish in El País – Planeta Futuro]
One of the most recent posts in the “Health is Global” blog, written by Adelaida Sarukhan tries to dismantle some misleading believes that create some doubts on people about whether or not to vaccinate their children.
As Sarukhan says, “The anti-vaccine movement gained momentum more than a decade ago with the publication of a study (with 12 children) showing an association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Since then, the paper has been retracted (and its senior author discredited) because of data manipulation, and a dozen of large-scale studies (a recent one included more than 90.000 children) have conclusively shown that there is no link between the vaccine and autism. Nevertheless, the anti-vaxxers persist with a series of arguments for which there is no scientific evidence but that generate hesitancy among a worrying increase in the number of affluent and educated people who, due to the success of vaccination itself, have forgotten that not so long ago children were dying from diseases such as diphtheria, polio or measles.”
She then goes on to give some scientific evidence against some of those ill-advised arguments:
1. “Vaccines contain toxic substances such as aluminium and mercury”
2. “Too many vaccines can overload the child’s immune system”
3. “Natural immunity is better”
4. “Vaccines cause autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies”
In the full post here you can read her convincing arguments to make your case in favour of vaccines. You can also find more about vaccines in the “Science uncovered” sections of Ellipse #82 here and #87 here (in both cases, go to page 6!).
“Health is Global” is the blog of The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, an alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions – including the CREAL at the PRBB – which tries to address the challenges in global health.