Tag Archives: antibiotics

CDC admits drug-resistant infections out of control

Federal health officials reported Monday that at least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and that at least 23,000 die from those infections, putting a hard number on a growing public health threat. It was the first time that federal authorities quantified the effects of organisms that many antibiotics are powerless […]

Ricin suspect possible patsy

Investigators have not found ricin or ingredients for it in the house or vehicle of a Corinth man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama, a senator and a local judge, an F.B.I. agent testified Monday.  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/04/23/us/ap-us-suspicious-letters.html?ref=us  A search of a computer belonging to the man, Paul K. Curtis, found no evidence that he […]

Big Pharma fails to develop new antibiotics

No new classes of antibiotics had been introduced since 1987 whereas new pathogens were emerging every year, and existing bugs were developing resistance to current treatments.”If we don’t take action, then we may all be back in an almost 19th Century environment where infections kill us as a result of routine operations.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21737844 “We haven’t […]

Antibotics becoming useless against deadly infections

Deadly infections with bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics are on the rise in hospitals in the United States, and there is only a “limited window of opportunity” to halt their spread, health officials warned Tuesday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/health/deadly-drug-resistant-infections-rise-in-hospitals-report-warns.html?ref=us&_r=0  The bacteria, normally found in the gut, have acquired a lethal trait: they are unscathed by antibiotics. […]