Why asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics is futile

Antibiotics are often the fastest and simplest way for doctors to help their patients. But with the threat of drug-resistant bacteria, how do we stop prescribing antibiotics?

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How Many Deaths Is Cheap Chicken Worth?

A common belief that regulations are a burden on businesses is challenged by Maryn McKenna’s book Big Chicken

Illustration by Julia Suits, The New Yorker cartoonist & author of The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

1. If you want to be a good boss you will want regulation (likewise good economists). If that surprises you, Maryn McKenna’s book Big Chicken shows you’ve caught a virulent strain of bad ideas about business.

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New Research Suggests an Unlikely Treatment for PTSD: Antibiotics

There is a new era of PTSD science just around the corner.

 

US Army soldiers carry a wounded comrade injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, Afghanistan in 2012. (Photo Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

With each passing day, the world provides us with grim reminders of a growing public health crisis. Society used to brush it off as a "case of the nerves", before labeling it as "shell shock", but today we know it as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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