Antibiotic Resistance

Silver Proves A Shiny New Tool to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

June 24, 2013

Sir Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of penicillin began the antibiotic era of modern medicine–bacterial diseases could be treated more quickly and cheaply than ever before. But in the last few decades, pathogens have begun to catch up. Medical science may have since developed an impressive cache of antimicrobial drugs, but antibiotic-resistant pathogens are gaining ground quickly; […]

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Is Antibacterial Soap Bad For You? (Part 1)

February 25, 2013

It seems like everything is antibacterial these days, from soaps and lotions to mattress pads and pizza cutters, which really makes you wonder how the world got along before the discovery of Triclosan. Ah, Triclosan, the miracle-working active ingredient in antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, and a galaxy of other consumer products: this unassuming antibacterial compound has […]

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Oh the Possibilities: New Antibiotics Are Just Around the Corner

March 6, 2012

Ever heard of the antibiotics Bactrim or Erythromycin? Unless you’re allergic to them, chances are you’ve taken one of these Sulfa drugs in the past.  In recent years though, these drugs have been used less and less often.  Why?  Antibiotic resistance.  Many infection-causing microorganisms have become resistant to drugs of the Sulfa family, eliminating an […]

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How would you like your steak? Medium-rare with a side of antibiotics.

March 2, 2012

It is not my intention to scare anyone into becoming a vegan or vegetarian with this post. However, I do want us to think more about the food we eat, and I don’t mean counting calories or grams of fat.  I’m talking about whether you know where your food is being produced, how it is being […]

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Antibiotic Misuse and Our Resistance to Change

February 2, 2012

During the past month, news outlets have reported on the emergence of a totally-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis (TDR TB) in India. Not surprisingly, this development has been viewed with dismay by public health officials, but it’s by no means unexpected. The emergence of TDR TB is partly a tale of inappropriate antibiotic use. Health […]

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