The Centers for Disease Control estimates around 50% of all prescribed antibiotics are actually unnecessary. Joining me this month to talk about the issue is Lt. Col. Steve Ford, Director of Pharmacy Services at Evans Army Community Hospital.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

 

One Response to Medical Series: Overprescription of Antibiotics

  1. jeff boyer, d.c. says:

    Dr Ford is absolutely correct in his comments regarding the overuse of antibiotics…a sermon that chiropractors have been preaching for at least the 30 some years that I was in practice. Be that as it may, it’s time to get the antibiotics and steroids out of our food chain as well and make another huge step toward preventive health care, not just heroic intervention after the fact.

News

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn’t helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it’s way past time for a change.
 

PATH
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.
 

AP
October 31, 2014 | NPR · The request by state officials would have compelled Kaci Hickox, who shows no symptoms of Ebola, to isolate herself until Nov. 10.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids’ Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the “nocturnal underbelly” of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.
 

Music

Getty Images
October 31, 2014 | NPR · In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Thelonious Monk’s “In Walked Bud.” Then, he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of “Falling In Love with You.”
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · ‘Tis the season! Tell us your picks for the most terrifying — and we mean truly unsettling — songs of all time.
 

NPR
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Watch the inimitable funk stalwart sit for not one but two interviews about his work and where it comes from. Along the way, he tells stories about his many decades in the music industry.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab