Viewpoints: PASTEUR Act Will Prepare Us For Future Superbugs; The Transplant Act Signed Into Law
Editorial writers discuss superbugs and Be the Match transplant services.
In The Calm Before The Superbug Storm, The World Needs To Prepare
Failing to plan, it’s been said, is planning to fail. By this standard, the United States and other countries are planning for failure when it comes to preparing for the next public health crises, one of which will certainly be antimicrobial resistance, the phenomenon in which bacteria and fungi evolve to resist even the strongest treatments. (Kevin Outterson, 10/15)
The Star Tribune:
Good Medical News Still Needs Support, Celebration
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought unprecedented challenges to the health care sector, as we have all seen during these last 18 months. Our nation's doctors, nurses and other front-line personnel deserve enormous credit for their heroic work in confronting a once-in-a-generation pandemic. And yet, as much as COVID-19 has dominated our attention — and rightly so — we should not forget that health care workers across the country continue to confront other challenges that predate the pandemic and will continue long after it has been brought under control. Among those challenges are the estimated 18,000 patients in 2020 diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers or other similar diseases for which a blood stem cell transplant may be the only option for a cure. (Tom Emmer, 10/14)