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More Americans are taking antibiotics meant for animals to save money: study

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A new study revealed the lengths people will go to to take needed antibiotics without a prescription — in some cases taking them from their pets, CNN reported.

“We metabolize things differently than animals do, and these drugs are formulated for animals,” said Barbara Lautner, who co-authored the study published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

The study, which surveyed 400 respondents in Houston, tracked how they acquired the medications, with 24 percent saying they bought their antibiotics outside the country, 20 percent citing friends or relatives as their source, 12 percent saying they conserved their antibiotics from prior prescriptions. CNN noted that four percent of respondents voluntarily stated that they used drugs that were originally prescribed to animals, a response that was not among the options listed on the survey.

The respondents reportedly came from diverse social backgrounds, in response to past reports focusing on Latino immigrants’ antibiotic use.

“The problem of non-prescription use is not confined to Latino communities,” the study’s abstract read. “Community antimicrobial stewardship must include a focus on non-prescription antibiotics.”

Forty percent of respondents said that they were able to buy antibiotics in the US without a prescription.

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“We thought that was some other country’s problems, not ours,” said another one of the study’s authors, Larissa Grigoryan. “That was an additional surprise.”

Twenty-five percent of the people surveyed said they planned to take antibiotics without a doctor’s approval “at some time in the future.” Another 5 percent said they had already done so within the past year.

[h/t The Daily Beast]

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Russian-American businessman at heart of Trump Tower Moscow project will testify to Congress on Friday

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Felix Sater, the Russian-American real-estate developer at the center of the proposal to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow in 2016, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing on Friday.

Sater, in addition to working on the planning for Trump Tower Moscow, escorted Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. to Russia during the preliminary stages of the project, which never came to fruition.

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John Bolton just got put in his place: report

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National Security Adviser John Bolton has wanted a war with Iran since long before many Americans were even born. But according to The Daily Beast, he might be losing the internal battle to go to war.

After the Pentagon announced that they had "evidence" that Iran attacked an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, political analysts began to speculate it would be used as a justification for war with Iran. But apparently, Trump realized the Middle East saber-rattling doesn't play well in Middle America.

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Illinois cops arrest man for being hospitalized while black

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On Monday, Freeport, Illinois resident Shaquille Dukes was arrested outside of FHN Memorial Hospital with an IV attached to his arm.

The reason? A security guard accused him of "trying to leave the hospital to sell the IV equipment on eBay."

Dukes, who is African-American, has filed a racial profiling complaint with the city, insisting that this would never have happened to a white hospital patient. "I'm not just going to sit here and be complacent about what I know is an illegality," he told the Journal Standard.

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