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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ordered to remove penicillins and tetracyclines from the livestock sector, unless drug companies can prove that their use is safe and does not contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans.  Robert S. Lawrence explains in The Atlantic

This year’s World Veterinary Day (April 28th) will focus on antimicrobial resistance.

A study in the Lancet evaluates a relatively new antibiotic that appears to reduce the relapse rate for patients with C. difficile infections.

Is it safe to drink the water at U.S. healthcare facilities? Researchers at CMU are calling for mandates to regularly test tap water in hospitals for waterborne pathogens.

Are new drugs the best stopgap for antibiotic resistance?  A Dublin-based research team looks at how boosting the effectiveness of existing antibiotics may be a viable alternative, particularly as the antibiotic pipeline continues to run dry.

ABC consults with experts to come up with a list of the five riskiest “superbugs.”

A Pew survey finds that only 15% of internet users in the United States have consulted online reviews of hospitals or other facilities.  With these statistics, will sites like Hospital Compare live up to the goal of improving hospital conditions through influencing consumer decisionmaking?

In Scientific American, Maryn McKenna (of Superbug) explores the possibility that acute incidences of foodborne illness could lead to lifelong health problems.

At Edinburgh University, scientists work on a test to quickly detect the presence of MRSA bacteria in wounds and lesions.

The Fiscal Times explores ambivalence around funding research to combat possible bioterror events in the United States.  On the one hand, with tightening health budgets, bioterror attacks may appear a relatively small threat.  On the other hand, could this research also provide the foundation for the development of new antibiotics or treatments for hospital infections?

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