Archive for Victoria Parsons

Bureau reporter shortlisted for Medical Journalists’ Association award

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Victoria Parsons has been shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year in Britain’s premier celebration of health and medical journalism, the Medical Journalists’ Association awards. She made the 2016 shortlist for an investigation into the threat to … Continued

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Get the data: Rising sales of critically important antibiotics

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva Not all antibiotics are equal. According to the World Health Organization, some classes of antibiotic are so medically important they’ve labelled them “critically important antibiotics”. If an antibiotic is critically important it means it’s … Continued

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Campylobacter: Poultry industry’s killer legacy

 Antibiotics are used on poultry farms to treat and prevent disease (Photo: Ecostorm) Campylobacter has plagued the poultry industry for years, with some studies revealing that as much as two-thirds of fresh retail chicken sold is contaminated with the bug. … Continued

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Critically important to human health: What are fluoroquinolones?

Factory chickens. Photo credit: Viva! Fluoroquinolone antibiotics were developed in the 1970s and first used in human medicine in the 1980s. The drugs are used for treating, amongst other conditions, human food poisoning illnesses such as campylobacter, salmonella and Ecoli. Because … Continued

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