Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics

Antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free cattle gather at a farm in Yamhill, Ore. Despite farmers pledging to reduce or stop antibiotics use, a new report finds that sales of antibiotics for use on farms are going up.

Many meat producers say they are reducing their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continue to grow.

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For Young Kids’ Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works Better

Ear infections are common in young children, and often treated with antibiotics.

Cutting by half the time that children are given antibiotics for ear infections didn’t do as good a job, a study finds. And it didn’t reduce antibiotic resistance, which was a key goal.

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How You Can Stop Antibiotic Resistance (And Still Eat Bacon)

“This is an avoidable disaster,” says one expert. And there are at least three things you can do to help.


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Perdue Goes (Almost) Antibiotic-Free

The giant poultry producer says that it is now raising all of its chickens without routine antibiotics. Only those flocks that get sick, about 5 percent of all birds, will be treated.


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Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Many of the most powerful antibiotics have lost their punch. Some Stanford students think they’ve found a different way to attack bacteria that the germs can’t overcome.


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McDonald’s Now Serving Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics — Mostly

The fast-food chain’s suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren’t used to treat people.

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‘Nose-y’ Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

The search for lifesaving antibiotics is on. Scientists have turned up one promising candidate in an unlikely place — the human nose.

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Despite Rise Of Superbugs, Syphilis Still Has A Kryptonite

Syphilis cases are on the rise. The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease is becoming resistant to some antibiotics. But somehow, penicillin has remained the best weapon against it.

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Germ Resistant To Antibiotic Of Last Resort Appears In U.S.

The germs caused a urinary tract infection in a Pennsylvania woman that was difficult to treat. The bacteria were resistant to the drug often used as the last-ditch treatment, but another one worked.

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