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Last year was a banner year for antibiotic resistance; it was right at the early mark for what superbug experts predicted, and tests revealed widespread bacteria carrying some pretty savvy genes for surviving antibiotics. Now, patients with untreatable illnesses are turning up in hospitals. Here are some answers to common questions:

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2017 was predicted to be the year that antibiotic resistance really took a turn for the worse… and they were mostly right. A strain of E. coli was found in China that carried a gene making it resistant to some of our last line of antibiotics; the antibiotics so strong they carry side-effects almost as […]

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“Stop taking antibiotics for colds”, experts plea. About 30% of antibiotic prescriptions in the US are unnecessary and unhelpful. Antibiotics kill bacteria, but many common diseases are caused by viruses… and treated with antibiotics anyway. At least antibiotics are supposed to kill bacteria. The more antibiotics are used the more bacteria are able to develop […]

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You might hear people droning on about antibiotic resistant bacteria: “This strain’s over here! Another strain is over there!” but rarely is there a face on it. In fact, those most at risk (people in retirement homes) are having their infections, the clusters of outbreaks, go unreported, or just downplayed. But the war is here, […]

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Hospitals are a health risk all by themselves, just being a patient carries a about a 10% risk of infection, and about .5% risk of death. That’s independent of what you’re there for, those numbers are much, much higher if you’re in the ICU, elderly, or having surgery. And they’re probably underreported. It’s known that […]

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