Antibiotics and superbugs

Antibiotics are incredible and amazing and I firmly believe that a historical division in the pre-antibiotics and the antibiotics eras is warranted. Antibiotics have changed so much in society and for individuals: infections did not mean certain death and much more children lived past their 6th birthday. However, we are unfortunately crashing into the post-antibiotics era like drunken fools. More […]

MERS and What is a virus?

Lately, there has been a lot of talk in the news about the MERS outbreak in Asia, but what is MERS and what is a virus really? What is MERS? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is a viral disease (which means that it CANNOT be treated with antibiotics!). MERS causes respiratory problems, i.e. you get […]

Why do ticks carry so many diseases?

My dearest friends, Summertime is approaching in the Northern Hemisphere and with it comes sunburns, lewdness and a fabulous plethora of interesting parasites and pathogens (disease-causing organisms). The marvelous ticks for example, what splendid, disgusting creatures!  They are themselves parasites and are hosts of a variety of nasty, yet remarkable, diseases that may be transferred […]