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Scanning electron micrograph of a human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Health care experts have long warned that the effectiveness of antibiotics has been declining due to overprescription by doctors and also because of the use of antibiotics in raising livestock for human consumption.

Chefs Rally Against Antibiotics in Livestock

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Chicago chefs are rallying against the use of antibiotics in livestock. We revisit the discussion we had with our panel about what this means for city consumers and diners.

Chefs Rally Against Antibiotics in Livestock

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Chicago chefs are rallying against the use of antibiotics in livestock. We debate what this means for city consumers and diners with our panel.

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Are hospitals over-prescribing antibiotics to their patients? A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that some clinicians prescribe three times as many antibiotics than clinicians in other hospitals, which can sometimes result in a patient taking an antibiotic for too long, potentially causing super-resistant infections. We discuss the effects of overdosing on antibiotics and how hospitals can improve antibiotic-prescribing. Read an interview and view a graphic of antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. by state.

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Dr. Terry Mason

Cook County's chief medical officer joins us to talk about the county's STD testing initiative, and more health stories. 

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