The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance

By Maryn / January 31, 2015

The President’s 2016 budget asks for ambitious funding to fight antibiotic resistance, and combatting that healthcare peril may be the one thing both parties can agree on.

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A New Polio Case in Pakistan and an Unsolved Epidemic

By Maryn / January 21, 2015

Pakistan records its first polio case in 2015, and may become the planet’s last refuge for the crippling disease.

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The Long Tail of Ebola: Depressing African Economic Progress

By Maryn / January 12, 2015

We think of epidemics in terms of illnesses and deaths, but the damage they do to national and household economies could last far longer.

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2015 Resolution: Accept that Diseases Hop Borders, Don't Dismiss Them, and Don't Panic

By Maryn / January 3, 2015

In 2014, people over-reacted to Ebola crossing the world, and under-reacted to other diseases that travel. In 2015, we could do better.

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Holiday Travel? Get Vaccinated First, or Bring Home Something Unexpected

By Maryn / December 24, 2014

Happy holidays, constant readers. If you’re like many people, you may be preparing to take a trip, maybe for a break from winter, maybe just to see family. As you’re getting ready, making sure to decant the toiletries and pack the presents unwrapped, here’s one thing not to forget: your vaccinations. Really, this is important. […]

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The Coming Cost of Superbugs: 10 Million Deaths Per Year

By Maryn / December 15, 2014

A project commissioned by the British government gives the estimated costs of antibiotic resistance: 10 million deaths per year, $100 trillion lost global GDP.

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Hoping to Change the Industry, a Factory Farmer Opens His Barn Doors

By Maryn / December 4, 2014

A factory farmer takes the extraordinary step of opening his barn to an animal-welfare activist, and they vow to work together for change.

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New Analysis Says FDA Farm Antibiotic Reduction Won't Work As Planned

By Maryn / December 3, 2014

A just-published analysis says pharma companies are evading the FDA’s hoped-for curbs on antibiotic use in meat production.

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To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving

By Maryn / November 19, 2014

How can an average person slow down the advance of antibiotic resistance? A healthcare coalition asks you to buy an antibiotic-free Thanksgiving turkey.

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Ebola Here and There: Knowing When It Is And Isn't Over

By Maryn / November 13, 2014

The US is now Ebola-free, but the disease continues to flourish in Africa — and the track of one new outbreak shows how complicated tracking it has become.

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