Category Archives: Antibiotics

The Question I Would Have Asked At a Debate: The Hospital Infection/Antibiotic Resistance Edition

I know, a day late, a dollar short and all that. But still, when you consider that hospital-acquired infections kill ~100,000 people per year in the U.S., and that we are now seeing organisms, such as the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, aka … Continue reading

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WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! And Surfaces Too (Or How Class Bias Can Kill)

Maryn McKenna makes an excellent point about the importance of cleaning surfaces in hospitals and other healthcare facilities (boldface mine): Recently hospital cleanliness has become a matter of reputation, especially since the federal government’s Hospital Compare Web site started posting … Continue reading

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Carbapenem Resistance Found in a House Cat

Usually, when I write about about antibiotic resistance, I end with a series of policy recommendations, but this time around, I’ll cut to the chase: we’re fucked. Hard. Sideways with a goddamn chainsaw. I’ll turn it over to Scary Disease … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Forget: Antibiotics Are Prescription Drugs For a Good Reason

While the most serious problem associated with misuse of antibiotics is the evolution of bacterial resistance to those drugs, I’ve noted before that another problem with antibiotic misuse is that antibiotics can have serious side effects. Jane Brody describes how … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the CRE ‘Superbugs’

Last week, you might have read about carbapenem-resistant ‘superbugs’ (actually, these are pretty ordinary bacteria except that they’re resistant to just about everything we can throw at them) due to the recent study detailing an outbreak at the NIH. I’ve … Continue reading

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Yes, There Is Money to Be Made in Microbial Sequencing

And I’m not the only one who thinks so in light of the recent paper about a KPC outbreak at an NIH hospital. From MSNBC (boldface mine): Hospitals and long-term-care facilities, which also often experience infectious outbreaks, could become significant … Continue reading

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How Not to Isolate E. coli

If you’re interested in studying what ‘real’ bacteria do–that is, not the microbiological equivalent of anemic inbred lab rats–you have to isolate them from natural samples. Yogi Berra-esque statements notwithstanding, how you isolate bacteria is critical. Methodological details do matter. … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This NY Times Picture? (The Tb Edition)

So the NY Times has a good story about the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis in China; it’s worth checking out. But this picture associated with it made me do a spittake. Can you guess why? That’s right. It’s a system … Continue reading

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China’s Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

With the rise of highly resistant strains that carry a gene known as NDM-1, or New Delhi beta-metallolactamase-1, the misuse of antibiotics in India has received a lot of attemntion. However, China also has an out-of-control antibiotic resistance problem: But … Continue reading

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Maybe This Blogging Thing Does Some Good After All

Global Communications Headquarters of the Mad Biologist (from here) From the Mad Biologist’s far-flung global network of correspondents, we receive the following: Hey, just a quick thanks – your link to the Scientific American article about putting bee honey on … Continue reading

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