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You, drug-resistant superbugs, and what's for dinner?

July 1, 2015

Tags: Superbugs, antibiotic-resistant, drug-resistant bacteria, sepsis, MRSA, Maryn McKenna

Updated 1-22-19. Just learning about superbugs and antibiotic resistance? Listen to Maryn McKenna's TED talk and then read her oeuvre (links below) and more on the subject. Start with What do we do when antibiotics don't work anymore? "Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do (more…)

The Truth About Chronic (Late-Stage) Lyme Disease

July 1, 2015

Tags: Lyme disease, Lyme borreliosis, neuroborreliosis, medical controversy

Updated 4-19-18
The CDC estimates that about 30,000 Americans have Lyme disease (a tick-borne disease, particularly common in areas with big deer populations), but the numbers may be much higher. Chronic (or late-stage) Lyme disease is a disease for which patients have trouble getting a timely diagnosis and adequate treatment. The disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems--and some patients present initially with psychiatric problems (full-blown manic episodes, for example). Dissension in the medical community (more…)