Many patients have been prescribed penicillin, amoxicillin
or Z-Pak and have been happy with the results. Antibiotics can be incredibly
effective against bacterial infections. Until they’re not. Those germs that the
antibiotics are designed to kill can develop a way to outsmart the drugs.
Vermont State Epidemiologist for Infectious Disease Patsy Kelso
and Dr. Kemper Alston, Professor of Medicine at UVM discuss the growing concern
over antibiotic resistance, its consequences and what can be done to avoid it.
Also on the program, after the droughts in the middle of the
country this summer, the price of corn went way up. Most of that corn isn’t
used directly as food for people, but rather indirectly, as animal feed. Bob
Parsons, an agricultural economist at the University
of Vermont Extension, explains how
the high price of corn and other goods on the commodities market might affect Vermont