Headline: How to develop new antibiotics
The bacteria are winning, reports Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and vice-provost at the University of Pennsylvania, writing in The New York Times. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least two million people are infected with bacteria that can’t be wiped out with antibiotics and, as a result, 23,000 people die. Direct health costs from these illnesses are estimated to be as high as $20 billion annually. Ezekiel Emanuel argues that the development of antibiotics has been glacial, and that a completely new approach is needed. His article can be read here.