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Documentaries: Pay Attention: Antibiotics Can’t Keep Up With ‘Nightmare’ Superbugs

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Documentaries:  November 3, 2013



Frontline TV Program:

Antibiotics Can’t Keep Up With “Nightmare” Superbugs

Terry Gross interviewed David Hoffman, the developer of the FRONTLINE television show that aired last week on the presence and threat of Superbugs that are now present in our world.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) allowed, and helped, Hoffman address–and surface–this very real problem.

Hospitals are really threatened with these Superbugs, but they are present in other environments as well.

Below find a link to Gross’s very informative interview:

Antibiotics Can’t Keep Up With ‘Nightmare’ Superbugs : NPR.

And here’s a quote from the web page–which has a link to the Frontline program.

We’re used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, “more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a resistant bacteria, and about 23,000 people die from it,” journalist David Hoffman tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.

Many people are familiar with the type of resistant infections often acquired in hospitals, caused by MRSA, the acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. But most people don’t know about the entirely different group of resistant bacteria that Hoffman reports on in Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, airing Tuesday on PBS’ Frontline. The show explores an outbreak of resistant bacteria at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the U.S., and explains why there is surprisingly little research being conducted into new antibiotics to combat these new superbugs.

“We really have a big information black hole about these really, really dangerous bacteria, and we need to know more, and it ought to be a national priority,” Hoffman says.

Me, I’m staying out of hospitals unless I get carried in there on a stretcher.

Written by louisaenright

November 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

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