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May 1, 2014, 10:40 am ET · by Sarah Childress
A drug-resistant world “is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century,” according to a new report.
March 28, 2014, 12:19 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
A bill to track drug-resistant infections has been introduced in Florida, inspired in part by FRONTLINE’s “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.”
March 25, 2014, 11:23 pm ET · by Nathan Tobey
Join us for a live chat about “TB Silent Killer” on Wed. 3/26 with filmmaker Jezza Neumann, NPR global health reporter Michaeleen Doucleff and a panel of TB experts. You can leave a question now.
March 25, 2014, 9:45 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Increasingly virulent strains of TB have spread around the world, yet in many countries health workers continue to rely on a test first developed in the 1800s.
March 25, 2014, 9:45 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Is eradication feasible? Here is a brief snapshot of the effort to stem tuberculosis in the U.S.
March 25, 2014, 9:43 pm ET · by Evan Wexler , Bill Rockwood and Sarah Childress
As TB cases declined in the Western world in recent decades, so did the funding to deal with the disease. But TB, an airborne bug that spreads best when the infected are left untreated in crowded areas, continued to flourish in poorer nations.
March 25, 2014, 9:41 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
When FRONTLINE’s cameras left Swaziland, the characters from “TB Silent Killer” were all at different stages in their treatment. Seven months later, how are they doing?
March 25, 2014, 9:40 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
As TB becomes more resistant, the drugs used to treat the disease are still stuck in the 20th century.
March 25, 2014, 10:39 am ET · by Jezza Neumann
Filmmaker Jezza Neumann describes taking “calculated risks” to tell the story of “TB Silent Killer.”
March 24, 2014, 11:13 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Roughly 1 million children suffer from TB annually, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new study in The Lancet.
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March 6, 2014, 12:01 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
Misusing antibiotics is one way to create more drug-resistant bacteria. Your doctor could be part of the problem.
January 8, 2014, 2:59 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The largest outbreak on record of one so-called “nightmare bacteria” is fueling alarm among public health officials about the spread of potentially lethal drug-resistant infections.
December 12, 2013, 12:21 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
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November 15, 2013, 11:32 am ET · by Sarah Childress
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October 23, 2013, 5:44 pm ET · by Emma Schwartz and Rick Young
The veteran drug researcher featured in “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” passed away last weekend.
October 22, 2013, 9:52 pm ET · by Nathan Tobey
Join a live chat on “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” with producer Rick Young, correspondent David Hoffman, infectious disease expert Dr. Sean Elliot, and guest questioner Maggie Koerth-Baker from BoingBoing. You can leave a question now.
October 22, 2013, 9:33 pm ET · by Sarah Childress and Alexander Hyacinthe
A slideshow of a few of the more troubling bugs out there today.
October 22, 2013, 9:32 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
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October 22, 2013, 9:31 pm ET · by Emma Schwartz
It seems like a basic question: How many people get these hard to treat infections each year and where do they occur? But there’s no easy answer.
October 22, 2013, 9:31 pm ET · by Emma Schwartz
The problem is clear: there aren’t enough new antibiotics. The question is why aren’t more pharmaceutical companies filling the gap — and what’s being done to try to reverse this trend?
October 22, 2013, 9:30 pm ET
The Pfizer executive on why the company has shifted away from developing antibiotics.
October 22, 2013, 9:29 pm ET
The AstraZeneca executive on the business of antibiotics, and what his company is doing to address the lack of drugs in the pipeline.
October 22, 2013, 9:29 pm ET
The CDC doctor says we need to create a new model to fight drug resistance, joining public and private funding with leadership at local levels.
October 22, 2013, 9:29 pm ET
The policy chief on why the U.S. lags behind other nations in the race against this worldwide problem.
October 22, 2013, 9:28 pm ET
The infectious disease expert says antibiotics have made us complacent about this threat.
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AIDS: A National Inquiry(120 minutes) Fabian Bridges, a homosexual prostitute, bragged he had sex with six partners a night and refused to stop even though he knew he had AIDS. In a special broadcast, Frontline first follows Bridges' tragic journey across the US and later, a panel of national experts, led by Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, discuss how Americans should respond to this urgent public health issue.
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