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The 90th Anniversary of the Discovery of Penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming

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Working with Pete Gibson of Pete Gibson Media, a Manchester based PR company I produced this film in September, 2018 for a great charity called Antruk – Antibiotic Research UK. The aim of the charity is to raise awareness of the dangers of antibiotic resistant infections and to fund research into the development of new treatments. This film was timed to coincide with the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming. He received a Nobel prize in 1945 in recognition of his work. Fleming’s Grand Daughter Sarah Whitlow is a patron of the charity and she features in this video.

September 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the discovery of penicillin the first-ever antibiotics and a miracle medication that has saved millions of lives across the world but what happens when those drugs no longer work antibiotic research uk ant rock is attempting to secure vital new funding to make sure we don’t return to a pre antibiotic age where life

Expectancy was lower and you could die from something as simple as a scratch the discovery of penicillin was the most important breakthrough in the history of modern health and with it we’ve been able to treat life-threatening bacterial infections such as blood lung skin and kidney infections but the overuse and misuse of antibiotics has resulted in bacteria

In our bodies becoming antibiotic resistant this means a major health catastrophe could be on its way and already 700,000 people per year globally are dying of antibiotic resistant infections we may not even be able to carry out minor operations in hospitals in the future because of fear of infection the nightmare of antibiotic resistance was predicted by the

Very man who discovered penicillin sir alexander fleming as the famous story goes fleming’s discovery came partly by genius and partly by accident when on returned from holiday he discovered bacterial killing mold on a petri dish that he’d forgotten to dispose of before he went away antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections they don’t work for viral

Infections such as colds and flu most coughs and sore throats they should always be used as prescribed overusing and misusing antibiotics can create serious health problems antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines meaning conditions such as pneumonia and his titers are harder to treat an truck has recently

Gained the support of fleming’s granddaughter and practicing nurse sarah whitlow i’m so very proud of my grandfather and his achievements and to him born of fleming but as early as 1945 as he received his nobel prize in physiology and medicine he warned that if we made penicillin – easily available to everyone resistance would occur through overuse in her role

As a nurse sarah has seen the positive impact of her grandfather’s discovery but doctors are noting that antibiotics are simply not working anymore leading to serious illnesses i have seen for myself how my grandfather’s discovery has saved lives but like me i am convinced he would have wanted everyone from the government to the pharmaceutical industry and the

Public to support untrap and their core for new treatments to save lives an truck today is the small charity tackling the world’s biggest health problem we not only fund new research into treatments we now support families living with serious antibiotic resistant infections such as the superbug mrs a we also provide education and patient support but we can only

Do this with your backing let us show that we are willing to celebrate the discovery of penicillin by developing the new drugs and treatments that will prevent the world from sliding into a health catastrophe please support and truck and let us build on the miracle of penicillin for ourselves our children and our grandchildren you

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The 90th Anniversary of the Discovery of Penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming By Howard Jackson