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Amalia M. Medicine

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on 13 December 2017

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Transcript of Amalia M. Medicine

Fighting Bacteria Before Penicillin
"Until the 20th century, bacterial infections were the leading cause of death around the world...By the 1900s, for example, the Black Death...had killed more than 200 million people."
MRSA - a Superbug
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is one of the most dangerous bacteria
It is called a superbug because medicines ,like Penicillin ,don't work on it.
"Superbugs... kill at least 23,000 people every year."
Alternative Medicine
A wide range of healing practices, including herbalism (use of remedies that come from plants.)
Most doctors think it's unscientific.
Some doctors are trying to mix it with conventional medicine.
Plants and Medicine
Plants have been a part of medicine for centuries.
Don Antonio Pisco, a shaman and healer, makes medicine from plants in the Peruvian Rain Forest.
He knows what plants treat different ailments.
Plants and Conventional Medicine
Plant medicine helps us in America too.
Half of today's medicine come from plants.
Aspirin comes from the chemical found in the Willow tree bark.

Accidental Medicine
September 3rd, 1928
Alexander Fleming accidentally found that something in mold was killing bacteria.
This substance was penicillin

Penicillin was the world's first antibiotic.
Fighting Bacteria After Penicillin
"Bacteria, it turns out, are smart-and resilient. Every time they encounter an antibiotic, they "learn" a little bit more about how to beat it. Over time, bacteria come up with ways to defend themselves. They build thick armour around their cells. They develop scissorlike arms that can stop medicines in their tracks. They can even pass on their drug resistance, teaching other, weaker bacteria how to be strong too."

Amalia M. Medicine
Infectious Diseases Society of America
They are passionate about developing new antibiotics capable of killing superbugs.
"One challenge is that most big drug companies have stopped working on new antibiotics because they are so costly and time consuming to develop."
"It can take as much as a billion dollars to get a new drug to patients.''
Investing in Medicine
Based on my research, I think that ancient and alternative medicines like herbalism are a great area to invest your money.
Penicillin was made from mold. Aspirin was made from tree bark. Who knows what other medicines could be discovered in plants.
https://bcps.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/e52988be-c686-4c21-8809-5976d8a68765
I think medicine is really important for you to invest your money in because there are so many types of plants that could have a cure to something.
MRSA under a microscope
MRSA on skin
Investing in Medicine
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