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Outside the Lab Microbiology and immunology, Profession, Screening and monitoring, Point of care testing

Resisting Resistance

In countries with unregulated antibiotic access, stewardship for the prevention of drug resistance development can be a challenge. But how can obstacles like physicians’ lack of time to conduct a full diagnostic workup, or the absence of resources that would allow the verification of bacterial infections before prescribing antibiotics, be surmounted? Researchers from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam suggest introducing an affordable, five-minute C-reactive protein (CRP) test that could distinguish between viral and bacterial infections and prevent antibiotic overprescription (1).

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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