Four-Fifths Of All Antibiotics In The US Go To Livestock

According to recent FDA data compiled by a Pew Charitable Trusts project, the amount appears to be growing while the government "dithers with voluntary approaches to regulation."

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Last week, the FDA released a report summarizing the use of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, in livestock production in 2011. The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming compared the FDA's data to that for human antibiotic use and discovered that almost four times as many pounds of antibiotics -- 29.9 million -- were given to healthy livestock as were given to sick people. Furthermore, as demonstrated in an infographic, the amount of antibiotics used for livestock has increased since 2003, while the amount used for humans has largely leveled off over the same time period.

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In addition, the Pew campaign looked at the latest data from the FDA's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which tests meat samples for pathogens. Writer Tom Philpott reports that based on this data, bacteria genera such as Salmonella and Campylobacter have become significantly resistant to one or more antibiotics over time. In the case of Campylobacter, about 95 percent of retail chicken products were contaminated, and of those, about half of the bacteria was resistant to tetracyclines.

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LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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15 surprising life lessons from a highly successful 80-year-old

You can use these to get ahead, no matter your age.

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Blackstone's Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Private Wealth Solutions Group, gave a speech laying out the wisdom he learned during his 80 years. Here are 15 of Wien's best life lessons, which teach us about improving our productivity, sleep, burnout avoidance, and everything in between.

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Employees don't quit their job, they quit their boss

According to TwoFold CEO Alison McMahon, a leader who doesn't care (or can't pretend to care) about his or her employees isn't much of a leader at all.

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Why do people quit their jobs? Surely, there are a ton of factors: money, hours, location, lack of interest, etc. For Alison McMahon, an HR specialist and the CEO of TwoFold, the biggest reason employees jump ship is that they're tired of working for lousy bosses.

By and large, she says, people are willing to put up with certain negatives as long as they enjoy who they're working for. When that's just not the case, there's no reason to stick around:

Nine times out of ten, when an employee says they're leaving for more money, it's simply not true. It's just too uncomfortable to tell the truth.

Whether that's true is certainly debatable, though it's not a stretch to say that an inconsiderate and/or incompetent boss isn't much of a leader. If you run an organization or company, your values and actions need to guide and inspire your team. When you fail to do that, you set the table for poor productivity and turnover.

McMahon offers a few suggestions for those who want to hone their leadership abilities, though it seems that these things are more innate qualities than acquired skills. For example, actually caring about your workers or not depending wholly on HR thinking they can do your job for you.

It's the nature of promotions that, inevitably, a good employee without leadership skills will get thrust into a supervisory position. McMahon says this is a chronic problem that many organizations need to avoid, or at least make the time to properly evaluate and assist with the transition.

But since they often don't, they end up with uninspired workers. And uninspired workers who don't have a reason to stay won't stick around for long.

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Radical theory says our universe sits on an inflating bubble in an extra dimension

Cosmologists propose a groundbreaking model of the universe using string theory.

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  • The researchers think our universe may be riding a bubble expanded by dark energy.
  • All matter in the universe may exist in strings that reach into another dimension.
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