As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are pondering a “post-antibiotic world.” The World Health Organization says countries need to boost surveillance for resistance and develop new drugs.

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Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

There’s a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn’t even make economic sense. But some pork producers don’t believe it.

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Did Your Thanksgiving Turkey Take Any Antibiotics?

As Americans prepare to baste and roast plump, juicy holiday birds, we couldn’t help but wonder which antibiotics the average Thanksgiving turkey might have been given. The government doesn’t collect data on antibiotic use in turkeys. And producers don’t volunteer any.

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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for “growth promotion” or “feed efficiency.” The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.

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Scientists Turn To The Crowd In Quest For New Antibiotics

The world needs new antibiotics because so many of the existing drugs are losing their punch. Some people are already talking about a “post-antibiotic era,” when bacteria can defeat all the drugs doctors have at their disposal. Two scientists are crowdfunding a campaign to get everyone digging for new antibiotics.

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FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be ‘High Risk’

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health.

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Tuberculosis Roars Back With A Deadly Edge

PBS’s Frontline travels to the epicenter of a rising epidemic: drug-resistant tuberculosis that’s costly and tough to treat. Join us for a live Twitter chat tonight during the film’s premiere.

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Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

Antibiotic sales in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose by more than a third over a decade. Now drugs reserved for the most dangerous bacteria are at risk of losing their effectiveness.

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Antibiotics Prescribed For Children Twice As Often As Needed

About 27 percent of respiratory tract infections in children are caused by bacteria, a study finds. But doctors prescribe antibiotics for 57 percent, leading to 11 million unneeded prescriptions.

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Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the “good bacteria” known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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