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Research snapshot: Thirty percent of antibiotic prescribing unnecessary

Antibiotic resistance is a growing health concern in the United States, causing 23,000 fatalities annually from exposure to harmful effects, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Excessive antibiotic use is the main driver for the resistance, leading the White House to implement the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which sets the goal of decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use by 50 percent by 2020.

School of Public Health Assistant Professor, Eva Enns, Ph.D., collaborated with researchers from the CDC and various colleges around the country to determine the number of outpatient visits in which antibiotics were inappropriately prescribed. They found an estimated 30 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescribing was unnecessary in 2010-2011.

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Research snapshot: antibiotic resistant bacteria spreading in Minnesota

There is a public health crisis too small for the naked eye to see: antibiotic resistance. It affects at least 2 million people in the U.S. each year.

A study published in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Journal by Timothy Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, has identified a new strain of antibiotic resistant bacteria that has spread throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, presumably by both patients and healthy, asymptomatic people.

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Two U of M College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members appointed to National Presidential Advisory Council

An increasing number of bacterial infections no longer respond to antibiotics, which threatens public health and the economy. As a result, the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria was formed. Out of just four U.S. veterinarians to be appointed to the committee, two are University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members Peter Robert Davies B.V.Sc., and Randall Singer, D.V.M.

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