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Antibiotic Resistance

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 02.11.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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.

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Evolutionary biologists have news for anyone accustomed to thinking of evolution as a long-term proposition: Evolution also takes place on a day-to-day basis, and it's a tool we must use to keep drug-resistant diseases from spiraling out of control and to prevent mass extinctions.

Lynne Peeples

'Not What The Doctor Ordered'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.25.2014 | Green

Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic. In a 2-1 decision released T...

The World Cup of Antibiotics

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The results are in for the Finals of the World Cup of Antibiotics. The patients have lost! Having come into the game as the clear underdog in this event, it was hoped that somehow they would be able to make it through and come out ahead of the relentless physician-prescribing practices.

Antibiotic Batman Finds His Robin (Part 2)

Ann Reid | Posted 09.15.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

The compound aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA for short, restores the effectiveness of antibiotics against bacteria that make a particularly powerful resistance enzyme called NDM-1. NDM-1 resistance has emerged quite recently, and it is especially dangerous because it provides resistance not just to one antibiotic but to an entire class.

Antibiotic Batman Finds His Robin (Part 1)

Ann Reid | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

On June 25, 2014, the following scientific study made the cover of the prestigious journal Nature: "Aspergillomarasmine A overcomes metallo-β-lactamase antibiotic resistance." Doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, does it? But the discovery of a fungal compound that restores the efficacy of one of our antibiotics of last resort is, in fact, huge news.

World Antibiotic Market In Dire Need Of Changes

Reuters | Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) - The drugs don't work - and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs t...

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Food For First Time

The Washington Post | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Researchers in Canada have discovered an antibiotic-resistant bacteria for the first time in a food product — raw squid — widening the potential e...

Making a Scary Future Without Antibiotics Real

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

Resistance is a hard-to-grasp concept. Even harder, especially in a short clinic visit, is convincing a patient it's better to avoid antibiotics altogether, unless one really needs them.

Lynne Peeples

To Lead A Longer Life, Go With Your Gut

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

The best predictor of our lifelong health may well be the bacteria that live within us. Specifically, the trillions of microbes that colonize our bodi...

David Freeman

LISTEN: How Our Obsession With Killing Bacteria Could Actually Be Killing Us

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dr. Martin J. Blaser has one big theory about a lot of little things. The little things are microorganisms--the estimated 100-plus trillion bacter...