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Animal Antibiotics and Children's Health

Over 4 times as many antibiotics are sold for animal use compared to human use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a stand against the use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in animals. This report describes how the use of antibiotics as growth stimulants in livestock contributes to strains of resistant organism and potential infection through the food supply. Children are the most vulnerable to these infections. Physicians are urged to encourage families to purchase antibiotic-free meat and poultry.

PositiveTip: Choosing a plant-based diet will help avoid the potential exposure to antibiotic-resistant infections.

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H1N1 May Yet Be More Virulent Than the Seasonal Flu

Animal models show the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) may be more virulent than the seasonal flu.

Animal models demonstrate that the pandemic flu virus replicates faster and damages lungs more than the seasonal flu. Japanese researchers tested this in mouse and ferret models. Both species have been good predictors of human flu infection. In the United States so far, experience in humans has not been more severe. However, the influenza A (H1N1) surfaced and spread in late spring and summer. Flu viruses are more virulent and spread more rapidly in cold, dry air. The worst may be yet to come.

PositiveTip: Make healthy choices to support your immune system, practice good personal hygiene, and get your flu shot.