antibiotic resistance

Falling behind: Canada needs a nationwide antimicrobial strategy

In the past year, over 18,000 patients have battled antimicrobial-resistant infections in Canadian hospitals. The number of deaths in Canada due to Clostridium difficile is now almost four times what it was in 1997. Antimicrobial-resistant organisms cost Canadians $1 billion annually. As medical students, we are aware that patients suffer tremendously and even lose their

Antibiotic resistance in farm animals a growing concern for scientists

We’ve all heard about the growing threat of “superbugs,” or bacteria that have become resistant to the drugs we currently use to treat them. And we know that our sometimes inappropriate use of antibiotics shoulders much of the blame. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the more they develop ways to fight back. But what