STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT What's the greatest invention?
Quick: What's the greatest invention/discovery ever? Fire? The wheel? Tools? Indoor plumbing? Air conditioning?
My vote might go to antibiotics. It's difficult to overstate how much they've improved ... Posted on 8/3/12 at 8:14 AM
Donald Kennedy, a Stanford University biology professor, had been commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for less than two months in 1977 when he plunged into a difficult scientific and political debate that remains unresolved today.
A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a critical television documentary on antibiotics use in livestock, pointing consumers to industry-funded websites that defend the practice, according to an association email.
The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for it to outline specific steps, White House advisers said on Thursday.
On Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced two coordinated actions based on its belief “that production use indications such as ‘increased rate of weight gain’ or ‘improved feed efficiency’ are no longer appropriate for the approved conditions for medically important antimicrobial drugs.”
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood Schaffer
June 16, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The possible role of the veterinary use of antibiotics in the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens that have the potential to cause serious human illness has generated considerable attention in recent years.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer
February 13, 2012
The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.
The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.”
But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing.
By Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press
December 29, 2009
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