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Typhoid 'Superbug' Spreading Worldwide

H58 strain is 'completely transforming' disease

(Newser) - Efforts to fight typhoid in some of the world's poorest countries have helped create an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" strain of the disease that's spreading worldwide, researchers warn. According to a study published in Nature Genetics , the resistant H58 strain of typhoid is now present in at least 21... More »

Big-Time Chicken Producer Ditching Human Antibiotics

Tyson Foods will largely eliminate their use in chickens by 2017

(Newser) - Another victory for those calling for antibiotics to be eliminated from our food chain: By 2017, Tyson Foods will have largely eliminated human antibiotic use in its chickens. "Antibiotic-resistant infections are a global health concern," says the CEO in a statement. "We're confident our meat and... More »

Superbugs May Be in the Air: Study

Texas findings 'made me not want to breathe,' says researcher

(Newser) - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria now infect some 2 million Americans every year, the Texas Tribune reports, and experts have long been aware of the presence of so-called "superbugs" in tainted food and drink. New findings offer an even bleaker picture: We might be inhaling DNA from such bacteria, researcher Phil Smith... More »

Blood Test Can Tell If You Need Antibiotics or Not

Quick 'MeMed' test can distinguish between viral, bacterial infections: scientists

(Newser) - When you're hacking up a lung and it's not getting better, you know you're going to have to visit the doctor. What you (and even the doctor) often don't know is whether that antibiotic Rx you may get is going to work, simply because it's... More »

McDonald's Chicken Will Soon Be Free of Human Antibiotics

Move could help fight drug-resistant superbugs

(Newser) - As experts warn of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," one culprit is the drugs used to treat farm animals . McDonald's is now taking a step to fix the issue: The restaurant chain's US operation will no longer use chicken that's been treated with human... More »

Powerful New Antibiotic Could Crush Superbugs

Soil find may be biggest breakthrough in 25 years

(Newser) - Are superbugs about to meet their match? There hasn't been a major new antibiotic discovered in 25 years, but researchers say a drug called teixobactin that has been extracted from dirt in Maine could be the biggest breakthrough in a generation, Fast Company reports. The experimental drug has so... More »

Battle Plan for War on Superbugs Revealed

But critics say White House effort doesn't address key problem

(Newser) - The Obama administration yesterday revealed a new national strategy to address antibiotic resistance, which kills 23,000 people a year . Some experts are heralding the fact that a president is finally responding to the issue, the New York Times reports. Others, however, say the strategy to improve how antibiotic use... More »

'Post-Antibiotic' Era a Deadlier Threat Than AIDS: WHO

Drug resistance already present all over the world: report

(Newser) - Drug resistance today poses a bigger danger worldwide than did AIDS in the 1980s, the World Health Organization says in a dire-sounding report out today: "Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for... More »

Miley Cyrus Hospitalized, Cancels Show

She has 'severe allergic reaction to antibiotics'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus is hospitalized after having a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," a spokesperson tells CNN . The 21-year-old had to cancel tonight's show in Kansas City, though she was able to tweet from her hospital bed: "Kansas I promise Im as (heartbroken) as you are. I... More »

25 of 26 Drug Makers Will Curb Antibiotics in Animals

FDA's voluntary plan has gained major ground

(Newser) - The FDA's first attempt to limit antibiotic use in farm animals appears to be working: All but one of the 26 drug companies asked to curb the use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth have agreed to do so, though the plan is voluntary. The plan will see... More »

FDA Takes First Step to Curb Antibiotics in Your Meat

Critics say it's not nearly enough

(Newser) - Farmers have been loading up their animals with antibiotics for years now in order to help them grow beefy and profitable, a practice that public health advocates have long complained about. (Think "superbugs" and the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, for example.) Today, the FDA took its... More »

Treatment Plants May Miss Half the Drugs in Sewage

Antibiotics, herbicide among chemicals found in Great Lakes study

(Newser) - Treatment plants may only be getting rid of about half the drugs and other "chemicals of emerging concern" that turn up in our sewage, a study finds. Officials in a joint US-Canadian study of the Great Lakes assessed 42 of these chemicals using a decade's worth of data,... More »

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Kill 23K a Year—at Least

CDC report sets baseline for first time

(Newser) - With antibiotic resistance building, experts fear a day when everyday bacterial infections could once again be life-threatening—and a new federal study shows "we're getting closer and closer to the cliff," says a CDC rep. Already, two million people each year suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections, and 23,... More »

Potent Weapon Against Superbugs Is ... Silver

It makes antibiotics far more effective, says study

(Newser) - Researchers trying to figure out how to stop superbugs—strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics—may have found a silver bullet of sorts. Actual silver. In studies involving mice, researchers found that antibiotics became up to 1,000 times more effective when silver was added to the mix, reports the... More »

Odds Are, You're On Prescription Drugs

Study says 70% of Americans are

(Newser) - Statistically, there's probably something in your medicine cabinet you had to see a doctor to get. Almost 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and 20% are on five or more, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. This represents a fairly recent explosion;... More »

Want Health? Feed the Bacteria Living Inside You

Antibiotics, processed foods aren't helping

(Newser) - Don't look now, but roughly 100 trillion bacteria live in and on your body. According to scientists, these microbes—especially the ones in your gut—may be fending off chronic diseases, moderating your weight, and strengthening your immune system. But our society's processed foods and war on bacteria... More »

Consumer Reports: Ground Turkey Rife With Germs

No horse meat, but more than half positive for fecal bacteria

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that any ground turkey you buy at the supermarket is laden with potentially dangerous bacteria, says Consumer Reports . Its first report on turkey meat gets off to a happy start by noting that "more than half of the packages of raw ground meat and... More »

US Meat Is Teeming With Superbugs: Report

More than half of samples were contaminated: government study

(Newser) - Horse meat-tainted beef ? We should be so lucky. US meat is rife with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," according to a government study released in February that's just now getting attention. The data hails from 2011, and is the result of testing on ground turkey, pork... More »

Stop Giving Your Children Antibiotics

The 'antibiotic apocalypse' is coming: Jessica and Tim Lahey

(Newser) - Protecting your child's long-term health may mean not getting a prescription for antibiotics—even in cases of ear and sinus infections, write Jessica and Tim Lahey at The Atlantic . The authors were surprised that their "smart, highly educated" friends turn easily to antibiotics for their children. Only problem:... More »

'Nightmare Bacteria' a Rising Threat in US Hospitals

Family of germs resists even the strongest antibiotics

(Newser) - A family of deadly germs that can withstand even the strongest antibiotics is a growing threat in American hospitals, federal officials warn. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae—CRE—have been detected in 4% of short-stay hospitals and nearly a fifth of long-term ones and authorities warn there is only a "limited window... More »

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