Superbugs and You

CIDRAP/Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition

Infections caused by highly drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” are becoming more and more common, making antimicrobial resistance one of the world’s greatest health threats. In fact, infections caused by superbugs are projected to reach epidemic levels within our lifetimes. Drug-resistant infections can affect anyone, and we are all at risk.

This podcast series will address this global crisis through conversations with patients, clinicians, and researchers to discover how superbugs are affecting people and healthcare systems globally. And we’ll highlight actions the average citizen can take today to make sure the drugs we already have stay effective, in order to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

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Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the world, and it has become a superbug. It has developed resistance to every antibiotic currently approved for treatment, and multidrug-resistant strains have been identified globally. Hear from clinicians advocating for their patients, a global leader, and a leading expert in drug development on actions needed to combat resistant gonorrhea. Learn more about our guests this episode: Teodora Wi: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antimicrobial-awareness-week/2018/features-from-around-the-world/super-gonorrhoea-q-a-with-dr.-teodora-wi Matthew Hamill: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/matthew-hamill Yuka Manabe: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/yukari-manabe Edward Hook: https://apps.medicine.uab.edu/FacultyDirectory/FacultyData.asp?FID=7333 This podcast is co-created by CIDRAP-ASP and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). Theme music Artist: Derek Sandbeck Song Title: Power Plugs & Superbugs

Nov 10

1 hr 10 min

In this episode, we will explore the ways that antimicrobial resistance impacts treatment for some of the most vulnerable patients, such as those undergoing cancer treatment or receiving bone marrow transplants. A recent survey of oncologists showed that 95% of them worry about the impact of superbugs on the future of cancer treatments, and one in five patients receiving chemotherapy will have a bacterial infection. In this episode, you will hear directly from a patient who had a bacterial infection while fighting cancer, from front-line clinicians, and from a researcher driving policy at a national level. Learn more about our guests this episode: Russell McGowan: https://www.emedevents.com/speaker-profile/russell-mcgowan Catherine Liu: https://www.fredhutch.org/en/faculty-lab-directory/liu-catherine.html Frank Tverdek: https://twitter.com/ftverdek?lang=en David Hyun: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/experts/david-hyun This podcast is co-created by CIDRAP-ASP and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). Theme music Artist: Derek Sandbeck Song Title: Power Plugs & Superbugs

Nov 3

57 min 12 sec

Clostridioides difficile (also known as C. diff or CDI) can cause deadly diarrhea. It is the most common healthcare-associated infection in the United States and rates of infections are rising globally. In this episode, we hear how a young Mom was impacted by the disease, how leading healthcare organizations are driving best practice guidelines, and how the US CDC is tracking this superbug. Learn more about our guests this episode: Christina Fuhrman: https://antimicrobialresistancefighters.org/stories/story-christina-fuhrman Cliff McDonald: https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/dr-mcdonald/ Libby Dodds Ashley: https://medicine.duke.edu/faculty/elizabeth-dodds-ashley-pharmd This podcast is co-created by CIDRAP-ASP and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). Theme music Artist: Derek Sandbeck Song Title: Power Plugs & Superbugs

Oct 27

58 min 18 sec

Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is found in the community and in healthcare systems. According to the WHO, hospitalized patients with MRSA infections are 64% more likely to die than people with drug-sensitive infections. It can be difficult to treat. In this episode, hear from a patient who battled an infection for years, a infectious disease clinician who shares his daily challenges, and a researcher who using an unique approach to find the next antibiotic. Learn more about our guests this episode: Vanessa Carter: https://vanessacarter.co.za/ Andrew Morris: https://trp.utoronto.ca/person/andrew-morris Jo Handelsman: https://wid.wisc.edu/people/jo-handelsman/ This podcast is co-created by CIDRAP-ASP and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). Theme music Artist: Derek Sandbeck Song Title: Power Plugs & Superbugs

Oct 20

1 hr 3 min

In Season 2 of Superbugs and You, we continue to focus on the threat of antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to antibiotics and other medicines. In other words, they become “Superbugs”. This season, we will focus on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridioides difficile infections, resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and the impact of antimicrobial resistance on modern medicine. Each episode will feature discussions with patients, physicians, and scientists to find out what’s causing antimicrobial resistance, how it affects the lives of ordinary people, and most importantly, what we can do to stop it. Subscribe for new episodes beginning on October 20th! This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition. Visit the CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project website: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/asp Visit the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition website: https://antimicrobialresistancefighters.org/ Theme music Artist: Derek Sandbeck Song Title: Power Plugs & Superbugs

Oct 18

1 min 58 sec

In this final episode of Season 1, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted strategies to address antimicrobial resistance. Our guests will describe the patient experience of surviving COVID, the role of antimicrobial stewardship in managing COVID patients, and how the COVID-19 pandemic potentiates AMR and emerging approaches to the surveillance, treatment and prevention of AMR. Learn more about our guests this week: Dr. Marilyn Stebbins: https://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/news/2020/04/my-covid-19-journey Dr. Ryan Stevens: https://www.idstewardship.com/contributors/ryan-stevens-pharm-d-bcps-bcidp/ Dr. Manica Balasegaram: https://gardp.org/team/manica-balasegaram/ This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Dec 2020

56 min 40 sec

In this episode, we discuss the global issue of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis or TB. Our guests in this episode will describe living with TB, and the experience of managing these difficult-to-treat infections. They will also examine the role that social structures, local governance, accessible and affordable treatments, and patient advocacy play in tuberculosis transmission and management. Learn more about our guests this week: Paulina Siniatkina: https://www.paulinarts.com/about Natalie Schellack: https://theconversation.com/profiles/natalie-schellack-315771 Mark Nicol: https://www.uwa.edu.au/profile/mark-nicol This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Tune in weekly for new episodes!

Dec 2020

52 min 46 sec

In this episode, we discuss sepsis and the challenge of an infection caused by a drug-resistant microorganism. Our guests describe the long-term patient experience of surviving and living with a sepsis diagnosis, as well as the current diagnosis and treatment options for sepsis. Finally, we discuss global approaches for new treatments, and the need for advocacy and awareness. Learn more about our guests this week: Mary Millard: https://marymillard.org/ Dr. Vance Fowler: https://medicine.duke.edu/faculty/vance-garrison-fowler-md Dr. Konrad Reinhart: https://patientsafetymovement.org/speaker/konrad-reinhart/ This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Tune in weekly for new episodes!

Dec 2020

53 min 6 sec

In this episode we discuss the global impact of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacterial infections. Our guests in this episode will describe the experience of living through, diagnosing, and managing these difficult-to-treat infections. Learn more about our guests this week: David Ricci: https://www.statnews.com/2019/12/31/antibiotic-resistance-nearly-killed-me/ Dr. John Lynch: https://aid.uw.edu/faculty/john-b-lynch-md-mph Dr. Laura Piddock: https://gardp.org/team/laura-piddock/ This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition (ARFC). This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Tune in weekly for new episodes!

Nov 2020

53 min 48 sec

Infections caused by highly drug resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” are becoming more and more common, making antimicrobial resistance one of the world’s greatest health threats. Drug-resistant infections can affect anyone, and we are all at risk. In this podcast miniseries, we will dig deeper into this global crisis through fascinating conversations with patients, clinicians, and researchers. We’ll also highlight actions the average citizen can take today to make sure the drugs we already have stay effective, in order to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. Subscribe for new episodes beginning on November 24th! This podcast is co-created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition. Visit the CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project website: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/asp Visit the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition website: https://antimicrobialresistancefighters.org/

Nov 2020

2 min 37 sec