Pill talk – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

Pill talk – The Hindu (Nov 23, 2017)

Around the time the UN Climate Change Conference drew to a close in Bonn last week, so did the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a World Health Organisation campaign to focus attention on antibiotic resistance. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. reckless (adjective) – careless, thoughtless, incautious.
  2. climate change (noun) – a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth (Courtesy: NASA).
  3. surveillance (noun) – close watch/view, monitoring, observation.
  4. predicament (noun) – difficult situation, difficulty/issue, trouble.
  5. pneumonia (noun) – pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is treatable and preventable. However, pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under five.
  6. influenza (noun) – it is commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus.
  7. irrational (adjective) – unreasonable, illogical, pointless.
  8. quack (noun) – a person who is practicing medicine without proper education; informal healthcare provider.
  9. yield (verb) – agree to, heed, note, pay attention to.
  10. tussle (noun) – struggle; contention, clash.
  11. blanket (adjective) – overall, complete, total & inclusive.
  12. Cephalosporin (noun) – a class of antibiotics used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections.
  13. carbapenem (noun) –  antibiotics used for the treatment of infections known or suspected to be caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria.
  14. accomplish (verb) – fulfil, achieve, succeed in.
  15. flout (verb) – defy/disdain, refuse to obey, disregard (a rule).
  16. bedrock (noun) – core, basis/base, foundation.
  17. prophylaxis (noun) – preventive treatment.
  18. knee scrape (noun) – injury, cut, scratch/wound (caused by scraping).
  19. tertiary-care (adjective) – specialized consultative care, higher level care.
  20. bug (noun) – a harmful microorganism, typically a bacterium.
  21. Staphylococcus aureus (noun) – a type of bacteria. it causes minor skin infections, such as pimples & etc to life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia &etc.
  22. take up the baton (phrase) – accept a specific responsibility/duty.



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