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It’s over. We’re about to lose antibiotics.

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

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Who is Afraid of Atheism in 21st Century Kenya?
By Leo Igwe, May 4, 2016 The hostile reactions that the registration of Atheists in Kenya has generated are clear indicators of intolerance, fear and fanaticism.
Witchcraft Revolution? Witch finding Journalism in Africa
By Leo Igwe, April 9, 2016 It was a misnomer to have called what these journalists did an investigative project.
Why I define myself as a feminist – rather than an ally
By Bruce Gorton, April 8, 2016 I have no better label for my beliefs than to say I am a feminist, not as a mark of pride, not as a member of a movement I seek to dominate, but as a statement of what I believe to be true.
Can Atheism Reduce Maternal Mortality in Nigeria?
By Leo Igwe, April 3, 2016 Since the 90s, some African Initiated Churches have, in their quest for relevance and extra income, established child delivery facilities that are often operated by 'traditional birth attendants'. These churches lure their members who are pregnant to use their faith clinics instead of going to the maternity clinics where they are likely to pay more for the process of delivery.

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