Explainer: What you can do to fight antibiotic resistance

Here’s a list of tips that leading health agencies recommend to help antibiotics remain effective longer

By Esther Landhuis, 15:32 PM July 14, 2014

Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They can cure infections that used to commonly kill people. In recent years, however, many of the bacteria that these medicines used to wipe out are finding ways to survive. That means potentially killer infections are cropping up more often. There are still a few medicines that seem to quash resistant germs. The number of drugs in this category, however, has been falling. Doctors tend to avoid using these drugs — which they call the “last line of defense” — unti...

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