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Antibiotics

Prozac in Poultry Is Better Than Penicillin

Michael Greger, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Greger, M.D.

While consumers may be more shocked by pink slime or the feeding of Prozac to poultry, the routine feeding of millions of pounds of human antibiotics to chickens presents a much graver threat.

WATCH: Bug-Like Virus Stabs Germs With Tiny Needle

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.12.2012 | Science

It's the smallest armor-piercing weapon in the biological universe. That's how some have described the microscopic "needle" that a family of odd-l...

The One Gold Medal We Don't Want to Win: U.S. Leads the Way in Breeding Antibiotic-Resistant Disease

Andrew Gunther | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

We use more antibiotics per kilogram of meat produced than any other nation in the world -- and we use 12 times as much as the country using the least, Norway.

Where Have All the Farms Gone?

Karen Steuer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Superbug Suit: Antibiotics Victory Will Preserve Medicines for Sick People, Not Healthy Livestock

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

While conscientious doctors do their best to limit the use of unnecessary antibiotics, the livestock industry continued its indiscriminate use of these powerful medicines.

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Suit: FDA To Address Antibiotic Overuse In Livestock, Protect Public Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.23.2012 | Green

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must act on scientific knowledge that the overuse of antibiotics in food animals has contributed to the rise of ...

"Too Cuticle for Words"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.07.2012 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I can just imagine the lead of my obituary: "Jerry Zezima, a longtime newspaper columnist and certified public nuisance, died yesterday of complications from a hangnail. He was 58."

'Green News Report' - February 28, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Fox 'News...

Antibiotics in Your Food: What You Need To Know

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

During the height of the cold weather months, people count on antibiotics to fight bacterial infections. What they may not know is that current overuse of antibiotics is making bacteria more rapidly resistant to "essential antibiotics."

Bacterial Ice-9?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The idea of Ice-9, although fictional, has always fascinated me. Its properties are so powerful, so influential, that one "seed crystal" can direct its entire surroundings, freezing oceans.

Part II: Antibiotics Injected Directly Into Eggs and Other Big Pharma Secrets

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It was not a great surprise that the FDA's new cephalosporin livestock rules have the Agribusiness Seal of Approval. It was Big Pharma and Agribusiness lobbying that killed its stronger cephalosporin rules issued four years after.

Lynne Peeples

Going Hog Wild: Weaning Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Out Of Pork

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green

After nearly succumbing to an antibiotic-resistant infection contracted from one of his hogs, Russ Kremer went cold turkey. He exterminated his diseas...

What Are Superbugs Doing In Antarctica?

Posted 02.07.2012 | Green

From Russell McLendon and Mother Nature Network: Escherichia coli bacteria, better-known as E. coli, are common in the lower intestines of humans. ...

Will Yours Be a Sustainable Super Bowl Sunday?

Andrew Gunther | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

No one takes health and fitness more seriously than today's top football players. So isn't it kind of absurd that as we watch Sunday's game we will all be bombarded by advertisements for some of the unhealthiest junk food imaginable?

Treating a World Without Antibiotics?

Stanley M. Bergman | Posted 03.30.2012 | Science
Stanley M. Bergman

Because of the overuse of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance is developing all of the time. With microbial evolution outpacing human invention, a nightmare scenario is possible. And this isn't just science fiction.

Lynne Peeples

Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals Still Broadly Unaddressed Despite 'Fanfare' For FDA Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green

The Food and Drug Administration's latest move concerning the use of antibiotics in farm animals garnered a good deal of praise last week, but public ...

Evolutionary Lessons From Superbugs

James A. Shapiro | Posted 03.09.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The genetics and genomics of bacterial antibiotic resistance and virulence teach us some fundamentally important lessons about evolution. They also pose some significant challenges to scientific explanation.

There's A 25% Chance Your Ground Meat Has A Potentially Fatal Bacteria

Posted 12.29.2011 | Home

Mark Bittman has yet another fascinating column in the New York Times, this time on the prevalence of bacteria in meat. He discusses a study that anal...

Lynne Peeples

FDA Takes A 'Step Backwards' On Antibiotic Resistance Issue, Raises More Public Health Concerns

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.23.2011 | Green

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday its withdrawal of a decades-old proposal to limit the use of antibiotics in animal feed, a mo...

Stopping Superbugs: Time for Congress and Industry to Catch Up With American Consumers

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
David Wallinga, M.D.

Today, American farmers raising animals without antibiotics do so despite policies that point them in the opposite direction. With this handicap, who will win out in the race to feed the global consumer who increasingly wants their meat antibiotic free?

Lynne Peeples

Do You Know Where Your Turkey's Been?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

As families across America adorn their dinner tables with plump, juicy turkeys this Thursday, they've likely given little thought to what their future...

Why Some Bacteria Are Able To Fight Off Antibiotics

| Posted 11.21.2011 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article) The superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has provoked fear in doc...

Generation Rx: Is Overmedication Endangering Our Kids' Health?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

These new studies once again underscore the necessity for us as parents to communicate with our pediatricians and not be afraid to ask questions when a prescription is offered.

Antibiotic Resistance: Consider the Source

Andrew Gunther | Posted 11.19.2011 | Home
Andrew Gunther

When it comes to matters of global human health, surely honesty and transparency must always prevail? Unfortunately, history tells us otherwise.

Lynne Peeples

Superbugs Are Still Winning: Second Cargill Recall Underscores Concern, GAO Report Suggests Feds Aren't Doing Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green

Just days after Cargill announced its second major recall in the last two months of ground turkey linked to antibiotic-resistant salmonella, a new re...