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APRIL McCARTHY – In 2017, More Antibiotics Will Be Consumed By Farm Animals Than Humans

Governments around the world consider antimicrobial-resistant bacteria a major and growing threat to public health. In 2017, many more people could begin dying from common bacterial infections as resistance to antibiotics booms. Diseases are becoming untreatable — a situation that looks set to get worse as the world reaches a new tipping point next year. Read more

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First 13 cases of deadly fungal infection emerge in US

Thirteen cases of a sometimes deadly and often drug-resistant fungal infection, Candida auris, have been reported in the United States for the first time, health officials said Friday. The infection, which often spreads in hospitals and other health care settings, can invade the ear canal, urine and bloodstream. Four of the US patients diagnosed with the infection have died, although …

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How Big Pharma’s industrial waste is fuelling the rise in superbugs worldwide

Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains. Factories in China and India – where the majority of the world’s antibiotics are produced – are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, highlights the report by …

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Robin McKie – Millions at risk as deadly fungal infections acquire drug resistance

Scientists have warned that potentially deadly fungal infections are acquiring resistance to many of the medicines currently used to combat them. More than a million people die of fungal infections every year, including about 7,000 in the UK, and deaths are likely to increase as resistance continues to rise. Researchers say the widespread use of fungicides on crops is one …

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Nicholas Watt – Antimicrobial resistance a ‘greater threat than cancer by 2050’

Antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics will present a greater danger to humankind than cancer by the middle of the century unless world leaders agree international action to tackle the threat, according to George Osborne. The British chancellor will tell a panel of experts at an IMF meeting in Washington that 10 million people a year could die across the world by 2050 …

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Livestock Farmers Are Replacing Harmful Antibiotics With Oregano Oil – AARON KASE

The overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry is a growing crisis, sparking a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and health concerns among consumers. Fortunately, there may be a way to mitigate the problem using the power of essential oils. Specifically, oil of oregano is showing enormous promise for keeping farm animals healthy without pumping them full of antibiotics. Oregano has …

PLANTS BEFORE PILLS – Sebastian Pole

We live in a time where the dominant mechanistic worldview of the last few centuries is becoming increasingly exposed as an inadequate interpretation of the interdependent nature of life. But because this ideology has dominated our ideas of how we should grow our food, rear our animals, raise our children, heal our society and look after our planet, we have …

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Nations Failing to Combat ‘Global Threat’ of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: WHO – Deirdre Fulton

The world’s ability to practice medicine and treat both common and serious illnesses is at risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a new report analyzing global misuse of antibiotics and the increasing spread of antimicrobial resistance. “This is the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today,” stated Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security. “All types of microbes—including many …

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Superbugs a grave global threat by 2030 due to industrial meat production

A massive global increase in factory-farmed meat production by 2030 will increase antibiotic use by 67 percent, posing a “public health threat,” predicts a newly released study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists (PNAS). Rampant antibiotic use in factory farms, required by global meat corporations, is already resulting in an antibiotic-resistance crisis in the U.S. (over two million illnesses and …