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    Antibiotic Resistance Could Bring 'End of Modern Medicine'

    Antibiotic Resistance Could Bring 'End of Modern Medicine'
    By Katie Moisse | ABC News Blogs 4 hrs ago

    As bacteria evolve to evade antibiotics, common infections could become deadly, according to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.

    Speaking at a conference in Copenhagen, Chan said antibiotic resistance could bring about "the end of modern medicine as we know it."

    "We are losing our first-line antimicrobials," she said Wednesday in her keynote address at the conference on combating antimicrobial resistance. "Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units."

    Chan said hospitals have become "hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens" like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, "increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures."
    Indeed, diseases that were once curable, such as tuberculosis, are becoming harder and more expensive to treat.

    Chan said treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis was "extremely complicated, typically requiring two years of medication with toxic and expensive medicines, some of which are in constant short supply. Even with the best of care, only slightly more than 50 percent of these patients will be cured."

    Antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella, E. coli, and gonorrhea have also been discovered.

    "Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era. No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry," said Chan. "A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill."

    The dearth of effective antibiotics could also make surgical procedures and certain cancer treatments risky or even impossible, Chan said.

    "Some sophisticated interventions, like hip replacements, organ transplants, cancer chemotherapy and care of preterm infants, would become far more difficult or even too dangerous to undertake," she said.

    The development of new antibiotics now could help stave off catastrophe later. But few drug makers are willing to invest in drugs designed for short term use.

    "It's simply not profitable for them," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "If you create a new drug to red cholesterol, people will be taking that drug every day for the rest of their lives. But you only take antibiotics for a week or maybe 10 days."

    Schaffner likened the dilemma to Ford releasing a car that could only be driven if every other vehicle wasn't working.

    "While we try to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to create new antibiotics, we have to be very prudent in their use," he said.

    But there are ways to limit the potential for bacteria to develop antibiotic resistance: Use antibiotics appropriately and only when needed; follow treatment correctly; and restrict the use of antibiotics in food production to therapeutic purposes.

    "At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis," said Chan.

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    Let 'em keep using antibiotics when they get a little head cold and see what happens... we'll be the only survivors - whole lotta fun THAT's gonna be. I just saw a special on PBS about this the other day - the Dr was treating a woman with a very dangerous strep infection in her blood. 3 out of 4 of the antibiotics they tried were totally ineffective. Fortunately, the one that worked saved her life. 10 years from now however, that one probably won't work either. Then what?

    Maybe be go back to the old days and just "PUT SOME TUSSIN ON IT!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Buddy Love Show View Post
    But there are ways to limit the potential for bacteria to develop antibiotic resistance: Use antibiotics appropriately and only when needed; follow treatment correctly; and restrict the use of antibiotics in food production to therapeutic purposes.

    "At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis," said Chan.

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    and let your children get dirty, take them out of the paranoid anti bacterial world once in a whilst, let them eat an earth worm,

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    I like my medicine post-modern anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Red View Post
    and let your children get dirty, take them out of the paranoid anti bacterial world once in a whilst, let them eat an earth worm,
    Exactly! I've never understood peoples obsession with natural levels of bacteria, all the while being comfortable splattering man-made toxic chemicals everywhere.

    As for antibiotics, people are keen to weaken their immunity by running to the doctor for everything and anything pills and at the same time training bacteria to grow stronger. Madness!

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    a lot of people are dumbasses! they don't finish their antibiotics! they take them until they start feeling better then stop, and some of the time they have not fully killed off the the bacteria. this is why there are resistant strains. pathogens evolving in a weak antibiotic environment.

    i think some of the time this is done because people dont have money to see a doctor and believe that they can save the remaining a mounts for later usage not realizing that it is doing more harm than benefiting them the money saved. hopeful, the new healthcare laws will discourage these practices. for the rest, stopping because they feel better are just plan dumbasses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suspended View Post
    Exactly! I've never understood peoples obsession with natural levels of bacteria, all the while being comfortable splattering man-made toxic chemicals everywhere.

    As for antibiotics, people are keen to weaken their immunity by running to the doctor for everything and anything pills and at the same time training bacteria to grow stronger. Madness!


    I worked with this person, obsessed with what touched the exterior, constantly using anti bacterial gel, hand wipes. Yet would eat any old shit, was probably 20 stone overweight, if anything was gonna kill this person, it wasn't micro organisms on the fridge door, it was the number of times the fridge door was opened.

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