At least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected annually with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotics have been used for more than 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infection. However, antibiotics have been so widely used for so long that the drugs have become less effective. Organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic, will explain antibiotic resistance and antibiotic allergies. Also on the program, Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic, will discuss whether children should take probiotics. And Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, has a warning about the dangers of using e-cigarettes.
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