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Antibiotics

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 1)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

The scale of what we stumbled into has since become increasingly apparent. Bacteria have been engaged in a microscopic chemical war for a lot longer than we have been walking the Earth.

Concerns I Have on Feeding My Family

Nicole Patterson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Good News
Nicole Patterson

I am deeply concerned on what I am feeding my Farmer and myself. Is the food that we eat really healthy for us? Will it be healthy for our kids? I have concerns about my food, just like you.

Farming's Bitter Pill: Has the FDA Flouted Its Own Evidence About the Safety of Farm Antibiotics?

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

A damning new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that our government has been ignoring the very real risks to public hea...

Will New FDA Guidelines Reduce Threat From Superbugs?

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

In January of this year the British Chief Medical Officer urged her government to add threat posed by superbugs to the official list of "Apocalypses to Worry About" along with catastrophic terrorist attacks and massive flooding. So what is it that has so many people so worried?

FDA Underwhelms With Response to Super-Resistant Infections Rise

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2014 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

We're in deep doo-doo from the global threat of superbugs. The December announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts that threat back in the news. But I'm underwhelmed by FDA's response, and here's why.

All I Want for Christmas Is Bronchitis: Scrooge and Healthcare

Kevin Walsh | Posted 02.22.2014 | Comedy
Kevin Walsh

I jumped through the hoops of reciting my last ten days, hoping to speed up the journey to the antibiotic my fifty years with this body has trained me to rightfully expect when I can whistle Jingle Bells through my throat. Sure enough, they agreed.

Harshing Your Mellow

Katy Keiffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Katy Keiffer

Although the FDA is making a public display of ratcheting down antibiotic use in livestock agriculture, a reality check is in order. What has to happen in livestock agriculture is nothing less than a paradigm shift in production practices.

FDA Moves To Phase Out Widespread Use Of Antibiotics In Meat

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some an...

'A Nightmare Health Scenario' On The Horizon

globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Today's interconnected world means we're all linked by the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat - and the antibiotics we use. ...

Doctors Warn Against Over-Prescription Of Antibiotics

Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians should carefully evaluate kids with ear infections, runny noses and sore throats b...

Cows Are The Root Of All Evil, And We're Too Hungry To Care

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.14.2013 | Green

When put into perspective, it all makes sense: The rapid depletion of our resources, the assault on our bodily health, the bombardment of our olfactor...

The Medicine Man and the Microchip

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWhen the milk we drink and the food we eat are laced with antibiotics, it is time to address this threat both to us and to future generations.

Johns Hopkins, Pew Commission Report: No Progress in Industrial Livestock Production

Chris Hunt | Posted 12.22.2013 | Green
Chris Hunt

While the Humane Society of the United States and others have worked with industry to secure voluntarily agreements to phase out some of the worst confinement systems, there is still no legislation or regulatory oversight. In fact, there are still no federal regulations protecting farm animal welfare.

Why Walmart Must Help to End Antibiotic Abuse in Farming

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

By continuing to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics among its meat suppliers in the name of producing so-called cheap meat, Walmart is effectively sanctioning the inevitable rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Antibiotics Have Gone From Wonder Drugs to Wonder-If-They'll-Work Drugs

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

In some senses, we have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. We have overused antibiotics to the point where many don't work anymore.

Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

Robert Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Lawrence

There is some uncertainty in these data, but not enough to escape the fact that the vast majority of antibiotics in this country are used in food animals, not to treat sick people.

Could Antibiotics Actually Be Killing You?

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 09.19.2013 | Green

"Antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats." So begins a comprehensive report released by the Centers For Disease Control ...

Saving the World Within: Environmentalism for the Human Gut

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Livestock producers manage to keep animals alive until slaughter in crowded, filthy conditions only by pumping them full of antibiotics until slaughter. When you buy a hamburger, you might as well be contributing your dollars to biological warfare research -- aimed at us.

Will the Medicine Cabinet Be Empty When You or Your Child Need Life-Saving Antibiotics? (Slideshow)

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Without urgent and aggressive action, more patients will be thrust back to a time when simple infections can be deadly. And, the loss of effective antibiotics will undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases.

Still Waiting After All These Years

Laura Rogers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

In 1977, Jimmy Carter was president. Elvis Presley was still in the building. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was rolling up its sleeves to start addressing the problem of antibiotic overuse on industrial farms. We cannot wait any longer.

The Obesity Plague and Antibiotics

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can the growing obesity epidemic be linked to over-prescribed antibiotics? The Epidemic You don't have to look far to get a sense that many Americans ...

"Superbug" Health Crisis Demonstrates Need for Food Labeling

Stephen Wells | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Stephen Wells

"Superbugs" have the capacity to turn simple ailments into life-threatening conditions and may pose the largest potential health crisis in America.

Of Lyme Disease, and Lemonade

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lyme is common, but no more so now than before this report -- this is simply recognition of what has been, not a portent of some new threat to come.

Consuming Antibiotics

Katy Keiffer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

Given the dearth of new medications in the pharmaceutical pipeline, consumers must participate in any way they can to ensure the elimination of antibiotics in livestock, save for treating specific illnesses.

This STD Could Become Immune To Antibiotics

Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

Sexually transmitted diseases are always dangerous, but strains of the infections that can mutate and become resistant to drugs are making treatment m...