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Antibiotic Resistance

President Obama Takes An Encouraging First Step In Curbing Antibiotics In Meat

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees. The White House said...

UTIs and Menopause

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to make sense of what's happening to your body during the change? As women transition from their reproductive years into, through and beyond menopause, estrogen levels get lower and the tissues respond. What you may not realize is that you may also be at increased risk for urinary tract infections or UTI's during the change. Here's why.

How Viruses Could Help Us Fight Deadly Superbugs

Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: May 18, 2015 04:58pm ET on LiveScience. Viruses that are harmless to humans might help fight the deadly scourge...

Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.07.2015 | Healthy Living

A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Using complex algorith...

Most Countries Have No National Plan To Tackle Growing 'Superbug' Threat

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) - Only 34 countries have national plans to fight the global threat of antibiotic resistance...

Stop Superbugs: (M)eating Antibiotic-Free in Chicagoland

Amanda Hanley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Health experts are warning that the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production is leading to antibiotic resistance and serious public health risks.

The Scary Truth About How We're Handling Superbugs

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global problem. As infectious bacteria evolve, growing stronger than the medications used to fight them, people are...

Researchers Discover New Source Of Airborne Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle feed yards can become airborne, according to a study to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives th...

White House To Take On Growing, Deadly Superbug Problem

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

* Report tackles antibiotic prescribing, use in livestock * CDC tasked with reducing "superbug" infections by 2020 * Som...

Lynne Peeples

A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green

Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemn...

McDonald's Is Removing Human Antibiotics From Its Chicken. Here's Why That's Good News For All Of Us

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living

McDonald's announced on Wednesday that within the next two years, U.S. restaurants will stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are used to ...

Everything You Need To Know About 'Superbugs'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

There's little comforting about phrases like "nightmare bacteria" or "fatal superbug". Reports like those surrounding the recent exposure to carbapene...

Bringing Your Own Antibiotics On Vacation Could Do More Harm Than Good

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who travel to exotic locales and take along their own antibiotics are more likely to come b...

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Fear Meets Super Bowl With Sexy Ad For Antibiotic-Free Burger

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green

At the end of an ad set to air during Super Bowl XLIX, a scantily-clad supermodel takes a bite out of Carl's Jr.'s new "All-Natural" hamburger. Bold l...

Stop Killing The Good Guys! Protect Your Child's Microbiome From Antibiotic Overuse

Aviva Romm | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

There's no doubt that antibiotics are a good thing. They save lives every day. As with many things, however, more is not always better. And this is certainly the case with antibiotics.

Exciting New Antibiotic Could Be The Answer For Drug-Resistant Infections

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, ...

Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

Andrew Gunther | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that...

CDC's Mission: Protecting the Health of Americans

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

CDC is America's health protection agency. Along with our many governmental and private sector partners, we're working 24/7to find, stop, and prevent disease - in every state, throughout our nation, and in many countries around the globe.

When the Good Samaritan Does More Harm Than Good

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
James Bernstein, MD

Two recent tragedies in India call for a re-examination of surgical procedures that have long been considered simple and relatively low-risk. Without electricity, traditional methods of sterilization are out of the picture, calling for the consideration of different approaches to mitigate the risk of dangerous infection.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.

Giving Thanks for Turkey Raised Without Antibiotics

Laura Rogers | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey this year, we can be grateful that consumers and food producers are recognizing the importance of antibiotics. Furthermore, we should resolve in 2015 to keep fighting against the overuse of these drugs -- and for all of us whose lives may depend on them.

Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Outside of government efforts, an unlikely group of public health champions are partnering with Health Care Without Harm to help protect antibiotics: hospital food service directors and chefs.

Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. And a major cause of the resistance problem is antibiotics administered to farm animals.

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Warnings Abound. Are We Listening?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green

Dr. Brad Spellberg teared up as he recalled his futile attempt to treat a twenty-something mother of two with an infection. No drugs could battle the ...

Can 'Prescriptive Evolution' Help Save Our World in the Anthropocene?

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Despite the great potential of prescriptive evolution, some have also raised objections to the manipulation of evolution on an ethical basis, criticizing it for influencing the "natural course" of evolution.