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Slick congressional PR campaign relentlessly plugs 21st Century Cures Act

Trudy Lieberman writes, “Phrases like the Act has “the potential of being one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that has come along since the National Cancer Act of 1971” and it “seeks to strengthen and modernize our health care system to help generate more cures” don’t come with an explanation of the downsides that might harm patients — like allowing medical devices on the market based on anecdotal evidence instead of clinical trials.”

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NIH reauthorization bill is a Christmas tree (21st Century Cures)

The 21st Century Cures Act is a Christmas tree. Should the hope it gives to patient groups and researchers seeking federal support require us to overlook all that’s been lost in the bargain?

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A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food

“The infection is Klebsiella pneumoniae, a stubborn gut-dwelling organism that can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis. The finding that it is present in food—and in some cases, practically genetically identical in food and in hospitals”

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The rise of superbugs

Dangerous infections that are resistant to antibiotics are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences.

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Consumer Reports Launches Antibiotic Resistance Investigation

Consumer Reports releases a new report on antibiotic-resistant superbug infections, the first in a three-part series on America’s antibiotic crisis.

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Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study

Consumers Union Statement on CDC C. difficile Study For Release:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5pm Contact: Lisa McGiffert, lmcgiffert@consumer.org or 512-477-4431, ext 7509 or Suzanne Henry, shenry@consumer.org or 512-477-4431 ext 7511   CDC Study highlights the dangers of C. difficile infections A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides important information about C. difficile, the Continue Reading

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The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?

“Patients and physicians would not benefit from legislation that instead of catapulting us into the future, could actually bring back some of the problems we thought we had left behind in the 20th century.

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Consumer Reports targets antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Consumer Reports announces its commitment to help rein in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The initiative kicks off with Consumer Reports President and CEO Marta Tellado participating in the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. “Antibiotic-resistant infection is the health crisis of our generation,” Tellado says.

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How to Keep Antibiotics Working

Information and advice from Consumer Reports.

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Texas Scientists Find Antibiotic Resistance Blowing in Wind

“The study may help explain how bacteria that no longer respond to antibiotics could be spreading and causing hard-to-treat infections in humans.”

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