Hospitals now a major source of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections: CDC

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are prevalent in the U.S.

Antibiotic-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in the United States, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In the U.S., more than two million people get drug-resistant infections every year. About 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics in doctors’ arsenals.

 

 

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Nightmare drug-defying bacteria are spreading in U.S. hospitals

CDC microbiologist,holds up a plate that demonstrates the modified Hodge test, which is used to identify resistance in bacteria.

In hospitals across America, deadly infections with bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics are on the rise. Health officials have warned that here is only a “limited window of opportunity” to halt their spread.

 

 

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Spoonful of Sugar Can Help the Medicine Go Down – Sugar Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics made more effective with sugar.

A spoonful of sugar, it seems, can do more than help the medicine go down – it can also help make it work.  Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, according to researchers.

 

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Grocery Meat Contains Some Bacteria That is Resistant to Antibiotics

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Customers shopping for meat.

High levels of bacteria in meat commonly found on grocery store shelves have been found by researchers.  According to a study released on Friday, more than half of the bacteria is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics.

 

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Don’t Sleep With Your Pet, You Make Catch Something

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You could get sick letting your pet sleep with you. 

Letting sleeping dogs lie in your bed can make you sick, research suggests. Pet owners may increase the chances of contracting everything from worms to the bubonic plague. Of the 250 known diseases transmitted from animals to humans, more than 100 of them come from domestic animals, researchers say.

 

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Insects Could Replace Mice In Drug Testing

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A cotton bollworm moth flies off the hand of a technician in a laboratory

Moths, caterpillars and fruit flies could soon take the place of millions of mice used every year by scientists testing drugs, researchers said Tuesday.  Biologists have discovered that certain key cells in mammals and insects react in the same way when attacked by infections and produce similar chemical reactions to fight them off.

 

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