Dr. Philip M. Tierno, the NYU Medical Center director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology, shares the story of bacteria,viruses, and prions and their myriad effects on human beings. From toxic shock syndrome to Lyme disease to diarrheal infections of the Third World, Tierno offers a broad overview of the impact of these microbes on the world today. He also addresses germ warfare, anthrax and other possible bioweapons.
Art Bell: Somewhere in Time returned to 2/14/02 when Dr. Philip M. Tierno discussed bacteria, viruses, and prions and their myriad effects on human beings, including toxic shock syndrome and Lyme disease. ... More »Host: Art Bell - Somewhere In Time
2nd hour guest, NYU Medical Center's Dr. Phillip Tierno, the author of The Secret Life of Germs, discussed recent outbreaks of drug resistant bacteria. Specifically, he addressed "community acquired" MRSA staph infections that begin with a slight reddening of the skin, but can quickly escalate into pain, fever and a serious health risk. Citing the overuse of antibiotics as leading to this situation, Tierno recommended that people practice good hygiene such as using antibacterial soap on any cuts before covering them with a bandage, and being vigilant about seeing a doctor if they suspect they have the infection.Offering a different perspective on the MRSA threat, was Dr. Len Horowitz who appeared during the last two hours. He commented that Tierno's fearful message does a disservice to the public and that pharmaceutical companies conspire to mount fright campaigns in order to boost sales of their products. ... More »Host: George Noory