Category Archives: Antibiotics

Failure Is An Option: Antibiotic Resistance and Global Warming

A while ago, I argued that many of our supposedly ‘scientific’ or technological problems aren’t anything of the sort: instead, they are largely political failures. Consider the problem of antibiotic resistance: There are a lot of things we could currently … Continue reading

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Carbapenem-Resistant Organisms Are Prevalent in Bangladeshi Environmental Samples–This Is Really Bad

We’re not going to be able to contain this (boldface mine): Carriage of the New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase variant 1 (NDM-1) enables drug resistance to move between communities and hospitals. In Bangladesh, we found the blaNDM-1 gene in 62% of environmental … Continue reading

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What Does “Human Antibiotics” Mean?

Because, like Honey Badger, bacteria just don’t give a shit what they’re called. Recently, Tyson Food, the largest U.S. poultry producer, announced they’re changing their antibiotic use policies (boldface mine): Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) said today it is striving … Continue reading

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Remember When I Wrote That Some Antibiotic Resistance Is Annoying But Not Catastrophic?

Well, I also mentioned that sometimes antibiotic resistance is catastrophic. By way of Scary Disease Woman (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’), here ya go (boldface mine): To investigate the antibacterial resistance to doripenem in China and to understand the distribution trends of … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Eras Versus the Death of Silver Bullets

The type of antibiotic resistance you typically hear about in popular treatments is of the ‘ZOMG UR GONNA DIE11!!11′ type. In other, more grammatical words, we’re often discussing the evolution of organisms that are untreatable, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’). … Continue reading

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So Let’s Say We Find a ‘Superbug’ In the Food Supply…

…now what? When I’m not blogging or fighting crime, one of the things I do is worry (along with some science!) about the spread of antibiotic resistance. The U.S. government has several programs that monitor the spread of antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Food, KPC, NDM-1, Public Health

More Not-Good News About CREs

I’m old enough to remember when we used to say things like, “We are nearing a time when we won’t be able to treat infections with any antibiotic.” Well, this report out of Italy tells us that time has arrived … Continue reading

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