DailyDirt: Antibiotic Resistance Is (Not) Futile...

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With the news that a "superbug" resistant to an antibiotic of last resort was found in the US, there's a bit of concern that medicine could regress significantly in the face of uncontrollable bacteria. We've had antibiotic drugs for about 70 years now, and we've grown accustomed to the effectiveness of these drugs. Hopefully, we can stay ahead of drug-resistant microbes with new pharmaceuticals or phage therapy. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 7 Jun 2016 @ 5:26pm

    Antibiotics Overuse

    There are many sources of misuse of antibiotics:

    • Large amounts are fed to perfectly healthy farm animals, just to fatten them up. This needs to stop.
    • People often pressure doctors into pointlessly giving them antibiotics for viral infections, or even no infections at all.
    • Even when antibiotics are correctly prescribed, people sometimes stop taking them when they feel better, rather than finishing the prescribed course. This lets the bugs escape and develop immunity.

    Let’s face it, given the potential consequences for public health, climate change is a minor issue compared to this.

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