Antibiotics Overused and Under-Researched: Substantive Strategies Needed

Antibiotics Overused and Under-Researched: Substantive Strategies Needed

Experts agree that antibiotics have been overused by doctors and livestock producers and under-researched by drug companies, which is why substantive strategies for developing new drugs to fight bacterial infection are needed. Two examples of substantive strategies include a federal program that encourages the pharmaceutical industry to develop new antibiotic drugs, and a proposed California […]

Antibiotics: Enemy or Savior?

Antibiotics: Enemy or Savior?

Antibiotics have been available for over 70 years. With the development of these drugs, infant mortality rates have dramatically improved and both children and adults in America are less likely to succumb to early deaths due to scarlet fever, diphtheria or tuberculosis. Unfortunately, while antibiotics have true savior qualities, through over or underuse they can become […]

Antibiotics Niet: Soviet Use of Viruses to Cure Now Being Considered in US

Antibiotics Niet: Soviet Use of Viruses to Cure Now Being Considered in US

Antibiotics were “niet” during the Soviet era and, as an alternative, doctors used viruses to cure infections, and this idea is now being considered in the U.S. Overuse of these drugs has produced bacterial resistance, and many diseases that have previously been cured by antibiotics now have resistant bacteria as infectious agents. A recent news article […]