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Bacteria are now resistant to a last-resort antibiotic

OVER THE decades that bacteria have been exposed to antibiotics, they evolved methods to resist the drugs, creating a serious problem for modern medicine. Without antibiotics, some illnesses may become untreatable. Unfortunately, antibiotics have been badly overused both for people and in animal …

Antibiotic use went up last year. Should we be freaking out?

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”<p>Relax, Chicken Little. Remember what happened the last time you overreacted? A fox ended up eating all of …

Super Bug

Despite the Dangers, Big Ag Is Using More Animal Antibiotics Than Ever

Although there has been widespread panic about superbugs caused by the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, sales for the drugs continue to climb.<p>It's become something of an alarming annual affair.<p>Each year, the US Food and Drug Administration releases data regarding the sale of antibiotics used …

New Superbug Resistant To All Antibiotics Now Found Worldwide

Last week, I shared scary news of a new gene called <i>mcr-1</i> conferring resistance to our last-ditch antibiotic, colistin. The gene was found in China with spread to the Netherlands. I raised concerns, too, about imports of some foods from China.<p>Several new reports in the <i>Lancet Infectious Diseases</i> …

There's a potentially disturbing link between antibiotics and allergies

Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses …

Microbiology

'Ingenious' Antibiotic Discovery Challenges Long-Held Scientific Beliefs

The new antibiotic was discovered in a sample of soil.<p>The research is "ingenious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told The New York Times.<p>Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be tested in humans, could one day be used to treat …

Medicine

We are on the cusp of an "apocalyptic scenario" with antibiotics

Problem is, they already are.<p>Adding insult to injury is this fact: The agency's main strategy for combatting further infections — experts estimate they're on track to kill as many as 10 million people a year by midcentury — centers not on developing new ways to fight off these deadly foes but on …

Microbiology

Giving Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria The Shock Wave Treatment

Researchers Use Explosives To Break Up Biofilms And Reduce Antibiotic Resistance<p>When bacteria get together, they have a tendency to form communities. Back in the 1970s, this formation was given a name, biofilms. While at one time they may have been considered to be a rather innocuous part of …

Here Are Six Scientifically Proven Tips For More Effective Studying

Straight from the experts.<p>Not everyone studies the same way- some people are happy cramming everything at the last minute, and some require pages …

Study Skills

The Science of Motivation

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions? I’m keeping mine just fine, thank you, because I didn’t make any. But if you need some motivation, …

27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom

<b>27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>We’ve talked about the <b>definition of intrinsic motivation</b> in the past. …

Employee Engagement

Why I am Still Banging My Head Against the Whiteboard

I am still a teacher because I still believe. I still believe in education. I still believe in our children. I still believe in our future. I still …

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

<b>2. Makes a Difference</b><p>There is a saying, "With great power, comes great responsibility". As a teacher, you need to be aware and remember the great …

Top 10 Tips for Close Reading Activities [Guest Post]

Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Veteran educators Dorothy M. Steele and Becki Cohn-Vargas offer this simple but powerful suggestion to build a more inclusive, equitable environment …

Classroom Management: Resource Roundup

Building Positive Learning Communities<p>20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment by Rebecca Alber (Updated 2015)<p>Alber provides strategies for …

Teaching

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

What's Plan B?<p>When you're integrating technology and designing a classroom management strategy, it's always best to think about the kind of scene …

4 Early-Year Keys for Effective Classroom Discipline

I am really pleased to have you all in this class. There are a lot of great things we'll be doing, and there's lots of new stuff to learn. I'm …

Resources Toolkit for New Teachers

For new teachers, this resource compilation includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the …

Pedagogy

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

To change that is easier said than done. Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign …

Teaching

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

<b>20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers</b><p>by <b>Miriam Clifford</b><p><i>This post has been updated from a previous post.</i><p>There is an age old adage …

How teachers can help shy kids learn

Researchers find that an evidence-based intervention helps shy children, who are often at risk for poor academic achievement, become more engaged in …

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or …

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read

Brecht Vandenbroucke<p><b>Minecraft is the</b> hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It's considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of …

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

If we dispel the myths, we can concentrate on helping teachers and students achieve the meaningful learning that's possible through high-quality PBL. …

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Many teachers we know enjoy teaching students how to wield one of the most powerful thinking tools: <b>metacognition</b>, or the ability to think about your …

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

<b>Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, ‘essential’ in the sense of signaling …

Transitioning to Blended Learning

P.K. Yonge views blended learning as the combination of digital content and activity with face-to-face content and activity. It looks very different …