29 Oct '13, 11pm

#Antibiotic resistance: racing toward a cliff, and it's time to put the brakes on

The recent headlines about hospitalizations of people around the country from drug-resistant salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken is just the latest example of the dangers of growing antibiotic resistance. If we need any further warnings about the antibiotic-resistance crisis we face, we had some last week. Unfortunately, they are also reminders of how we are failing to put the brakes on even as we race towards a cliff. Last week, PBS Frontline ran a sobering piece , describing the rise of resistant bacteria. On the program, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that we are shifting from a conversation about “’The end of antibiotics?’” to “’The end of antibiotics, period.’” He noted, “Antibiotics were one of [the most], if not the most, transformational discoveries in all of medicine. Infections ...

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