How COVID-19 Pandemic is Fueling Antimicrobial Resistance

July 22, 2020: Posted by Ankit Raj The current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed lots of fault lines in our healthcare ecosystem and magnified certain looming threats. One of them is antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance despite of its pandemic-like nature never quite got the media coverage that it deserved. Mostly because the repercussions and threats of...

Adrien Proust, the man who wanted to confine everyone

May 22, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna Adrien Proust (1834-1903) was one of the pioneers of social distancing, quarantine, the modern cordon sanitaire and confinement, which he called "sequestration". He boasted that he had not contracted any diseases, keeping his distance from patients and washing his hands and face frequently. Had he lived today, the hygienist...

Soon we’ll be able to test for Covid-19 ourselves on our smartphone.

May 4, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna The French pharmaceutical group Sanofi has just signed a partnership with the small Californian start-up Luminostics, in order to develop a coronavirus screening test, to be carried out by oneself from one's smartphone. Until a vaccine capable of ending the pandemic is found, the fight against the coronavirus requires...

Who is June Almeida, the researcher who discovered coronaviruses?

April 29, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna Her work is being brought back into the spotlight in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic. June Almeida (1930-2007) is a Scottish researcher who discovered coronaviruses. This is a portrait of an outstanding scientist. It is London, in 1964. With her eye glued to her microscope, June Almeida...

The ten measures that have enabled South Korea to counter the epidemic

April 27, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna South Korea is receiving praise from the international community on the coronavirus control front. After a peak in infections at the end of February, the South Korean health authorities managed to turn the tide thanks to the deployment of all-out measures. In South Korea, which has a population of...

The fake, miraculous cures for Covid-19 in the world

April 21, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna Playing on fear and gullibility in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many charlatans are peddling magic potions, with little concern for scientific expertise. Even some heads of state have contributed to spreading this false information. Here is an overview of the most absurd "covidiots" remedies. It is good...

Against coronavirus, the return of the good old iron lung

April 14, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom is reviving an ancient technology: the iron lung. We look back at the history of this ventilator, which proved its worth in the first half of the 20th century. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, the United Kingdom is currently testing...

Happy World Health Day to everyone around the world!

April 7, 2020: Posted by Mohamed Kahna Happy World Health Day to everyone around the world Right now, our healthcare workers are on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that’s spreading rapidly throughout our city, state and nation. These brave souls cannot shelter-in-place with their loved ones or stay 6 feet away from...

Time for Global Anesthesia to come forward

March 29, 2020: Posted by Ankit Raj COVID19 pandemic or “The Pandemic” has moved at an unprecedented rate, exposing our healthcare systems at the weakest links, not even sparing highly efficient HIC based healthcare systems like NHS. The worst of impact has been felt by anesthesia teams, including many who specialize in intensive care. They...