Category Archives: Antibiotics

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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Our Ignorance of the Link Between Antibiotic Resistance and Agricultural Use Is No Accident

We come across two posts and an online forum hosted by the British Medical Journal about whether agricultural antibiotic use results in the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance. A common theme that emerges is that the scientific evidence is … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding NARMS and Missing the Solution: How Not to Do Antibiotic-Related Advocacy

During the past month, the Environmental Working Group (‘EWG’) released a report (pdf) about 2011 Retail Meat Annual Report of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (‘NARMS’; pdf). In short, EWG mistated the problem, demonstrated some astonishing ignorance (or cynicism), … Continue reading

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Hospital Infection and Profit

No, this is not the name of a new microbiology journal. Instead, it is one reason why hospital-acquired infections (‘HAI’) in the U.S., compared to many other countries, have not decreased. According to a Clostridium difficile (‘C diff’) expert at … Continue reading

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When Carbapenem Resistance Is Sneaky

Because what we really need are more ways to have carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’), which are bacteria resistant to all penicillin derivatives–and almost always resistant to just about every other antibiotic. While the two ‘famous’ types of carbapenem resistance genes, … Continue reading

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Why Medical Tourism Is a Really Dangerous Idea: The CRE Edition

I’m usually a big fan of economist Dean Baker. Since the mid-1990s, he has been debunking much of the Social Security and Medicare misinformation pumped out by conservative faith-tanks; he was also one of the few and first people to … Continue reading

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Healthcare Is Not the Same As Healthcare Budgeting: The CREs Are Going to Kill Us All Edition

Every so often, I blog about CRE, which is short for carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives). CREs are resistant to just about every antibiotic (the two drugs commonly used, colistin and tigecycline, cause renal failure or are used off-label … Continue reading

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Two Disturbing Carbapenem-Resistance Observations

I’ve discussed before the serious problem of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’): these are common disease-causing bacteria that have evolved resistance to all penicillin derivatives, and usually are resistant to all other commonly used antibiotics* (and in some cases, every antibiotic). So … Continue reading

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