Category Archives: Antibiotics

Let’s Not Forget That Bacteria Kill Too: The Jordanian Edition

What with Ebolanoia at full tilt, we should remember that there are other, equally serious microbiological problems we face. Such as antibiotic resistant bacteria (boldface mine): “We’ve been noticing an organism, E. coli,” Bakri said. “Many patients come with urinary-tract … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance Lands on the Political Agenda

Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced a bunch of executive actions it will be taking to combat antibiotic resistance, in conjunction with the release of the PCAST Report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance. One interesting thing is an emphasis on surveillance, including … Continue reading

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Why Antibiotic Resistance Is a Worse Crisis Than Climate Change

A couple of weeks ago, a Nature article argued that the antibiotic resistance crisis is on a par with global warming. I think the resistance crisis is worse than the global warming crisis. Here’s why: if I were appointed El … Continue reading

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Why I’m Somewhat Optimistic About Zoetis’ and Eli Lilly’s Response to Agricultural Antibiotic Restrictions

Short version: the rents have already been extracted. John Tozzi writes (boldface mine): The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to stop antibiotics from being fed to farm animals to make them grow faster late last year. The goal was … Continue reading

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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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