Bacterial Infections Defy Treatment

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Guests:

Stuart Levy, professor, molecular biology, microbiology and medicine, director, Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance, president, Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, author, The Antibiotic Paradox: How the Misuse of Antibiotics Destroys Their Curative Powers, Tufts University, Boston, Mass.

Maryn McKenna, author, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, contributing writer, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

Brad Spellberg, M.D., author, Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and Our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them, assistant professor, medicine, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Elizabeth McCaughey, former Lt. Governor, New York, chairman and founder, Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, New York, N.Y.

A new government report finds little progress in lowering rates of infections associated with health care institutions. And many of those infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the problem of drug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA.

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