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For a new Lancet series on superbugs, researchers visualized the various modifiable drivers of antibiotic resistance. As you can see, they found that human antibiotic misuse and overuse was one of the single biggest contributors. It was followed only by the abuse of antibiotics in agriculture (another big problem that you can read about here).

Antibiotic resistance is really a big, scary deal. Consider this other frightening paper in the Lancet series: It documented the discovery of bacteria resistant to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic commonly used to treat hospital-acquired infections when all other drugs have failed. If we help more and more bacteria evolve to outsmart the drugs we have, it means common medical procedures like hip operations and C-sections will soon become more dangerous, and some medical interventions — organ transplants, chemotherapy — will be impossible to survive.

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