The coming crisis in antibiotics

TEDMED video with Ramanan Laxminarayan, 2014

At TEDMED, health economist and professor Ramanan Laxminarayan applies lessons learned from the energy crisis to the rising challenge of antibiotic drug resistance.

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  • Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant. He calls on all of us (patients and doctors alike) to think of antibiotics — and their ongoing effectiveness — as a finite resource, and to think twice before we tap into it. It’s a sobering look at how global medical trends can strike home. “
  • The coming crisis in antibiotics, published on Nov 10, 2014 by TED channel. More drugs & media videos on our YouTube channel.
Related Press releases
  • Most doctors concerned about overuse of antibiotics in animals, jsonline, Nov. 10, 2014.
  • The dangers of antibiotic overuse, consumerreports, October 23, 2014.
  • 2,000 Medical Professionals Ask Trader Joe’s to End Sale of Meat Raised on Antibiotics, notinmyfood, 10/22/14.
  • Antibiotic resistance continues to rise due to increase in use in the UK, DDN, 2014/10/10.

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