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Drug Resistant Bacteria

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.

Is This The Face Of A Public Health Crisis?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

We tend to think of antibiotics as the pills our doctors prescribe to clear up a sinus infection or a case of strep throat. But the vast majority of t...

WOW: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Kill About Same Number As Flu Each Year

AP | MIKE STOBBE and LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — For the first time, the government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year – more than 23,000, ...

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.

Agricultural Abuse of Antibiotics: Looming Crisis Warrants Big Changes

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Steve Heilig

The battle to reduce agricultural use of antibiotics continues. The stakes are high -- and may be even higher than before.

NIH and Superbugs: Placing the Blame Where It Belongs

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

The emergence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria is a challenge that will be with us for years to come. The solution demands a strategic, thoughtful and collaborative team approach.

Bad Bugs From an Unsustainable Meat-Producing Model

Steve Heilig | Posted 09.17.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

The overuse of antibiotics is just one way industrial agriculture relies upon unsustainable practices. It's now past time we act in name of science and public health.

Lynne Peeples

Superbugs Threatening More Children, 'Supermoms' Targeting Antibiotic Use On Farms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green

Everly Macario recalls the "primal shriek" her son released one fateful April morning in 2004. By the end of the day, Simon Sparrow, who had not yet t...

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. ...

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.

Drug-Resistant Salmonella Sickens 19 Ground Beef Eaters

Posted 05.30.2014 | Home

Nineteen have fallen ill with drug-resistant salmonella after eating a bad batch of ground beef, reports Food Safety News. The AP writes: PORTLAND,...

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...

Deadly Serious: Antibiotic Resistant Salmonella Free to Be in Your Food

Wendy Gordon | Posted 10.18.2011 | Home
Wendy Gordon

In what country is it legal for deadly salmonella to be in your food? Um, well, there may be others, but I am sure of only one, the United States.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Half Your Meat? Time for Congress to Act

David Kirby | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home
David Kirby

Maybe now the average American consumer will finally take note, and demand that Congress do something. Candidate Obama ran in support of an antibiotic ban in 2008, but has done little to advance the cause since then.

When The Drugs Don't Work

Reuters | Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home

By Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler David Livermore is in a race against evolution. In his north London lab, he holds up an evil-smelling culture...

Drug-Resistant 'Superbug' Gene Hits Japan

AP | SHINO YUASA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan has confirmed the nation's first case of a new gene in bacteria that allows the microorganisms to become drug-resistant superbugs,...

CBS Investigates Threat of Animal Ag's Antibiotic Abuse

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric took a revealing look at the dangerous U.S. agribusiness practice of feeding antibiotics to billions of farm animals virtually every day of their lives.

Animal Antibiotics (VIDEO): A Threat To Human Health?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While the most commonly known use of antibiotics is to kill bacteria fight off sickness, for the past 60 years they've also been given to healthy farm...

Antibiotic-Free Meat: Is the FDA Finally Catching Up to the American Consumer?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

The beauty of our system is that when government lags behind, we as American consumers still have the power to direct the marketplace by the products we buy -- or don't buy.