Short Stories for Kids – Appu saves Penicillin

I wonder what’s keeping Neena and Tiger. They are usually here by this time! Oh, I’m sure they’ll be here any minute. Hello… (PANT, PANT) Appu! (PANT, PANT) Easy buddy! Why did you run so fast? Where’s Neena? Neena is sick! The doctor says she will not be able to come play for some days. […]

Past the Age of Miracles: Facing a Post-Antibiotic Age

in the keynote address last year the director-general of the World Health Organization warned that we may be facing a future in which many of our miracle drugs no longer work a post-antibiotic era means in effect an end to modern medicine as we know it things has come-to strep throat or child scratch knee […]

Superbugs in Conventional vs. Organic Chicken

one of the most concerning developments in medicine is the emergence of bacterial super resistance resistance to not just one class of drugs like penicillin but resistance to multiple classes of drugs so-called multi drug-resistant bacteria in the 2013 FDA retail meat report more than a quarter of the Salmonella found contaminating retail chicken breasts […]

Never Eat The ‘Clean’ Part Of Moldy Bread

You’re all ready to make the sandwich of your dreams. Turkey, tomato, and Swiss on a bed of romaine lettuce sandwiched between two slices of sourdough. Classic, but oh no! What’s this? Mold? Ugh. But look, good news, the mold’s only on part of the bread so I could just cut that away and be […]

Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh

“Antibiotics: Agribusiness’s Pound of Flesh” When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts, and then the gut bacteria can become manure on meat, which can spread to humans. Even vegetarian humans, since drug resistant bacteria in animal feces can also spread to people through crops or the environment. The […]