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Antibiotic Resistant

California TB Outbreak

December 16, 2015

With none of the romance of a Puccini opera, over a thousand people in Northern California have been exposed to tuberculosis. But wait, here’s the scary part: it took more than a month to put together a list of patients and hospital staff who were exposed, and to begin the notification process. How did this […]

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Stomach Bug Superbug

April 7, 2015

It’s not a trendy new children’s book—it’s a growing problem in the US. While there were only half a million US cases in the last 12 months, that’s more than previous years, and the infection rate is going up, so officials are worried this could be the start of a new trend. What’s the name […]

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Since at least the year 2000, C. difficile has been a growing problem—increasing its resistance to antibiotics and spreading not just around the US but the world. Now we are fighting it on multiple fronts. A heavy hand is being used to encourage hospitals to reduce C. diff infections under their roofs—those who haven’t made […]

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Health blog readers already know that antibiotics are over-prescribed, and that it’s leading to a terrifying increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Now, the CDC is stepping up and raising awareness, and releasing numbers. 50% of antibiotic prescriptions are either useless, or less than effective. Some instances: sinus infections are routinely treated with antibiotics, but most […]

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A gonorrhea superbug—a strain that has become antibiotic resistant—-has spread from Japan to Hawaii to California since its discovery in 2011. It’s particularly virulent, leading some to claim that it may actually be more of a threat than HIV. As scary as AIDS was, it isn’t that aggressive. Hep C, for instance, can survive for […]

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