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.

Filed Under: antibiotics, bacteria, bacteriophages, biotech, drug discovery, health, medicine, microbes, phage therapy, pharmaceuticals, superbugs

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    Anonymous Blowhard, 7 Jun 2016 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Antibiotics Overuse

    I got an infection and went to the hospital recently. They gave me an antibiotic that really shouldn't be a first choice but it's known to be effective for the infection I had. But you know what? I don't want to spend three weeks while they experiment with all the other antibiotics first. I can't spend the next three weeks in bed instead of at work. I don't want to have a much worse infection three weeks from now that kills me because three weeks later nothing will help anymore. Antibiotics are preventative. Anyone who's been hit by a serious bacterial infection because their immune system was weakened by a viral infection are going to want antibiotics so that doesn't happen again. It isn't always as straighforward as people make it out to be. There needs to be continual development of antibiotics just like the flu vaccine that has to be redeveloped every year. Ideally you don't want to give them out like candy but in practice nobody can predict who the unlucky person that gets a secondary infection or doesn't respond to the first line antibiotic will be and nobody wants to be that person.

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