Category Archives: Antibiotics

It’s Not Just Medical Tourism, But Regular Ol’ Tourism That Can Lead to Antibiotic Resistance

One of the many things that bugs me (pun intended) is the suggestion that medical tourism, where people travel to other countries for lower-cost procedures, should be seriously considered as a solution to the U.S.’s inability to provide affordable healthcare. … Continue reading

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No, Medical Tourism Is Still Not a Solution to the U.S. Healthcare Crisis

I’m hoping Dean Baker wrote this in a Swiftian modest proposal sort of way, but he’s actually raised this many times before, so I’ll take it seriously: Just as people in the United States can benefit from buying cheaper steel … Continue reading

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New Chicken Microbial Survey Reveals Very Little That’s New

Before I get into the meat of the post (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?), let me state for the record that I think the U.S. needs to do much more in terms of limiting antibiotic use in agriculture, especially since … Continue reading

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So If It’s Not C. Diff, What Is It?

This is disconcerting (boldface mine): Fewer than one in six patients treated with powerful antibiotics for a Clostridium difficile (C. Diff) infection actually had lab-confirmed infections despite high costs and negative outcomes of unnecessary treatments, researchers reported here. At a … Continue reading

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How Do We Measure Success in Combatting Antibiotic Resistance?

A recent article describes how China is trying to crack down on its egregious antibiotic misuse: The rise of “suberbugs,” lethal germs that can’t be zapped by most antibiotics, owes particular thanks to China, where antibiotics are handed out like throat … Continue reading

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The Price of Pork and the Externalities of Antibiotic Resistance

If you haven’t read Maryn McKenna’s excellent piece on antibiotic resistance, you should. Before I get to a point about agriculture, I just want to point out this bit from McKenna’s article: At UCLA, Spellberg treated a woman with what … Continue reading

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U.S. Trade Representatives Think It’s Wrong to Die From TB and AIDS, But Not Chagas Fever

We’ll get to Chagas disease in a bit, but first let’s talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This is a trade agreement that is being negotiated in secret, and which will then be presented to the Congress for an … Continue reading

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What Really Worries Me About the Salmonella-Chicken Outbreak

In the midst of all of the Republican debt ceiling/government shutdown lunacy, one of the casualties has been the CDC’s inability to respond to a Salmonella outbreak that has currently sickened hundreds of people in twenty states and territories throughout … Continue reading

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KPC: It’s the Drug Resistance, Stupid

Probably. With the recent CDC report detailing the many thousands killed by antibiotic resistance, a recent Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy paper addresses a relevant question: in the clinical setting, are most drug-resistant infections dangerous (or lethal) because they are good … Continue reading

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A Potential Treatment For CRE?

In my opinion, the greatest infectious disease threat in the U.S. is CRE–Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. These are bacteria, including E. coli and its relatives (such as Klebsiella and Enterobacter), that are resistant to essentially all drugs (colistin can cause massive … Continue reading

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