Antibiotic resistance

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

As this year’s flu and cold season wanes down a bit, I found it heartening to read that science is focusing on a way to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections to help limit over-prescribing of antibiotics. Over the last decades doctors have been far too willing to offer a sad and miserable patient antibiotics, resulting in killing off many…

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Recently I was pleased to come across an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the very positive shift away from overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes. Being the defender of the microbiome that I am, when I read that up to 70% of nursing home residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics every year and up to…

Antimicrobial Soap Compound Linked to Nasal Bacterial Growth

Do you have a bottle of antimicrobial soap on your sink because you think that it’s the best way to kill 99.99 percent of germs? A little compound called triclosan is the antimicrobial responsible for the germ-killing effects of antimicrobial soaps, and it is also found in a number of personal care products including shampoos and toothpastes. What advertising for…

Antibiotics in Agriculture Impacting Microbes in Soil

The use of antibiotics in raising livestock is widespread, so much so that it’s added as a growth promoter to the drinking water of many animals. As a result of overuse, the antibiotics are excreted from these animals in manure and urine, which results in the deposit of antibiotics into the soil. A recent study published in the Public Library…

Antibiotic Resistance—A Call for Global Response

A new report published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal warns that “we are at the dawn of a post-antibiotic era,” with “almost all disease-causing bacteria resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat them.”1 The gravity of the problem was summed up in a commentary on the report: “Rarely has modern medicine faced such a grave threat. Without antibiotics,…

Gut Microbes in Children Carry Numerous Antibiotic Resistance Genes

The microbes inside digestive tracts of healthy children have many antibiotic resistance genes, according to a recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal. These genes may place the children at higher risk of developing resistance to antibiotic treatments. “From birth to age 5, children receive more antibiotics than during any other five-year time span in their…