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Drug-resistant bacteria a growing health problem

Posted September 17, 2013, 4:10 pm Lori Wiviott Tishler, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken more than two million Americans each year and account for at least 23,000 deaths. The main cause? Overuse of antibiotics. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, details the health and financial costs of antibiotic resistance in the United States. In terms…

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