Infectious diseases: medicines

This resource considers how chemicals may be used to teat pathogens. It explores antibiotics and antibiotic resistance and the challenges posed in developing new medicines.

One hundred years ago a child born in England could expect to live to 55 if it was a girl, 51 for a boy. A girl born in UK in 2006-8 is expected to live, on average, to 81 and a boy to 77 - this increase is due, in part, to modern medicines.

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