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Antibiotic Resistance

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Neutrophil and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococccus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria Neutrophil and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococccus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria (NIAID/flickr)

Dr. Michael Bell, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control's division of health care quality promotion, talks about the CDC’s new report on antibiotic resistance, which found that at least 2 million Americans contract diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, and that at least 23,000 die from those infections. This is the first time the effects of these infections have been quantified.

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Dr. Michael Bell

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Comments [7]

Wiesen from California, USA

At last someone is looking into the problem of microbial resistance and, in general, microbial bacteria. The 4 allergists I have visited simply prescribe creams and Prozac. Also, has anyone who is paid to support public health looked into the issues of GMO's. Particularly Chinese cotton, could the new genetically modified pest-killing substances found in cotton grown in China be something I’m allergic to? The toxin has been engineered to derive from Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt). I do not have the intelligence nor time to devote to my condition which has proved to be very costly and painful.

Sep. 20 2013 06:26 PM
howard from manhattan

does this also apply to anti-virals ?

Sep. 19 2013 02:05 PM
DC

Does science even understand how antibiotics work on bacteria and if so, why can they not create artificial compounds to mimc the process and evolve with the bacteria?

Sep. 19 2013 01:54 PM
Ed from Larchmont

That sounds hopeful.

Sep. 19 2013 01:53 PM
Beatrice from Brooklyn

What about the antibiotics in our food stream and environment? Do they add to this resistance?

Sep. 19 2013 01:45 PM
Ed from Larchmont

And with the hospitals getting less money and having money problems, some hospitals are filthy ... more germs, infections generally.

Sep. 19 2013 01:42 PM
Shawn from Bergen

Ask him if they are starting to pay attention to the russian bacteriophages or phage therapy? Phage therapy is not affected to this resistance like our antibiotics are.

Sep. 19 2013 01:40 PM

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