In a battle against an infection, antibiotics can bring victory over enemy germs. Yet that war-winning aid can come with significant collateral damage; microbial allies and innocents are killed off, too. Such casualties may be unavoidable in some cases, but a lot of people take antibiotics when they’re not necessary or appropriate. And the toll of antibiotics on a healthy microbiome can, in some places, be serious, a new study suggests.
Taking antibiotics to overcome a cold or diarrhea is horrific. Antibiotics should only be undertaken under physician prescription and for a full course treatment for serious illnesses. Any other use is wasteful and contributes to resistant bacteria and damage to the gut bacteria, as seen here.
I wonder if taking probiotics or eating yogurt or other live cultures during and after the course of antibiotics will help significantly speed up the recovery of gut bacteria microbiome, or whether the composition will stay different for up to a year afterwards.
You don’t need to see a cattle yard to identify its existence; the smell alone is usually enough. Now, though, you’re breathing in not just the aromatic compounds you likely know well—but a selection of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant DNA, too.
A new study by researchers from Texas Tech University sought to explore the airborne transmission of antibiotics from cattle yards. During a six-month period, the team gathered air samples—both up- and down-wind—from 10 commercial cattle yards within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas. Each of the yards was home to between 20,000 and 50,000 cattle.
Is it time to breakout the map which indicates airborne radiation from Chernobyl? Wind patterns carrying various microscopic particles is not new. And thanks to Fukushima, we have a better understanding of the impact in water currents. It comes to a point that you pick your battles…