Antibiotic Resistance: When Drugs Don’t Work Anymore
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What happens when the medicine we rely on to fight infections stops working? Bacteria evolve, and some can develop into superbugs that repel antibiotics. To fight back, we need fresh remedies—but it’s been more than 30 years since a new type of antibiotic has made it to market. Meanwhile, more than 2 million Americans fall ill with an antibiotic-resistant infection each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 23,000 of them die. U.S. Army veteran Carl Romm was 27 when he lost his life because of drug-resistant bacteria. In this episode, his parents, Chris and Joyce Romm, share their story with Pew’s Laura Margison and discuss the importance of combating this global public health threat. To learn more, visit pewtrusts.org/afterthefact.
Poverty is one of Philadelphia’s most enduring problems. The city’s poverty rate is 25.7 percent—the highest among the United States’ 10 largest cities. That means that about 400,000 city residents, including more than a third of the city’s children, live in a household with an annual income of $19,337 or less. In this episode, host Dan LeDuc talks with Larry Eichel,... Read More
Up to 1 in 5 fish taken from the sea is caught illegally, costing as much as $23.5 billion globally each year. This illegal fishing harms ocean health and law-abiding fishers whose livelihoods depend on fish—and is often indicative of the presence of other transnational crimes. But with sophisticated technology and international cooperation, as well as greater industry engagement, we can... Read More
President Donald Trump recently declared the U.S. opioid epidemic a public health emergency, but what will it take to connect patients with effective treatment? Our previous episode explored the scope of the crisis and proven solutions. In this bonus edition, you’ll hear more from our interviews with Shawn Ryan, chief medical officer at BrightView Health in Cincinnati, and Cynthia Reilly,... Read More