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Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Rise of the Superbugs


Rx for Survival: “Disease Warriors and Rise of the Superbugs” NOLA CODE: RXSU-101 Reel 2 of 2

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Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge
Rise of the Superbugs
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From vaccines to antibiotics, clean water to nutrition, bio-terror threats to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the six-part series Rx for Survival tells the compelling stories of global health champions and the communities they strive to protect. Employing both historical dramatic sequences and poignant current documentary stories, the series will showcase key milestones in public health history, such as the eradication of smallpox, alongside modern and future challenges, including SARS, a potential global flu pandemic and recovery from the Asian tsunami catastrophe. Experts including Jeffrey Sachs, the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; author Laurie Garrett; Harvey Fineberg, President of the National Academies of Sciences Institute of Medicine; Nils Daulaire, President of the Global Health Council; and Donald Hopkins, the Associate Executive Director of the Carter Center, will guide viewers through the ins and outs of this complex but fascinating story. Series release date: 11/2005

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It's difficult to imagine a world without medicines — and yet, before the twentieth century there weren't any. The discovery of the very first antibiotic, penicillin, and the subsequent development of more "wonder drugs" changed all that, transforming the face of modern medicine. The second program chronicles these successes, as well as the growing threat posed by "superbugs" — strains of germs, such as tuberculosis and staph, that are resistant to our best antibiotics. Are our strongest medicines becoming obsolete, and can we develop new drugs in time to replace them?

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Chicago: “Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Rise of the Superbugs,” 11/01/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC401F28FB14DA786A3A976EB7E7B4B.
MLA: “Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Rise of the Superbugs.” 11/01/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC401F28FB14DA786A3A976EB7E7B4B>.
APA: Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge; Rise of the Superbugs. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DCC401F28FB14DA786A3A976EB7E7B4B
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