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(Washington Post)   Antibiotics may kill you   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 65
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2013-09-17 06:53:32 AM  
Danger: Living will result in death.
 
2013-09-17 07:09:48 AM  
I guess people are unaware we are 90% bacteria.
 
2013-09-17 07:12:00 AM  
Pharmaceutical companies retreated from making new antibiotics because its not very profitable, and our public sector research funding didn't pick up the slack because its not sexy research.

This is a perfect example of where government could make the world better but hasn't so much, because its just not good politics, won't buy any votes.

Hopefully the alarm bells will change the focus
 
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2013-09-17 07:12:14 AM  
ajgeek: I guess people are unaware we are 90% bacteria.

90% by cell count, but only about 1-3% by weight.
 
2013-09-17 07:50:17 AM  

ajgeek: I guess people are unaware we are 90% bacteria.


Cool fact: Joni Mitchell originally wrote "we are 90% bacteria" in her song "Woodstock" but it just didn't have the hook that "we are stardust" had.
 
2013-09-17 07:57:33 AM  

Animatronik: Pharmaceutical companies retreated from making new antibiotics because its not very profitable, and our public sector research funding didn't pick up the slack because its not sexy research.

This is a perfect example of where government could make the world better but hasn't so much, because its just not good politics, won't buy any votes.

Hopefully the alarm bells will change the focus


So it couldn't possibly be that we've reached diminishing returns on this? Maybe we reached a plateau on the "easy" ones and in the process have been able to keep 95% of the problem in check with what's available.

Even if you double or triple research funding, is this the right thing to spend it on? Medical mistakes kill a lot more people, maybe the money should go toward mitigating that - or to any one or more of the dozen other things more likely to kill you than superbugs - instead.
 
2013-09-17 07:59:29 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Misuse of antibiotics by humans is a problem. A bigger problem is farmers feeding those antibiotics to livestock as a growth supplement.


It would be more accurate to say that they give antibiotics to livestock because they make cows eat stuff that they are are not adapted to eating.  This results in sick cows, but if you give them a ton of antibiotics...
 
2013-09-17 08:40:51 AM  

hardinparamedic: Mister Buttons: And, in theory at least, preventing superbugs shouldn't be the kind of thing that Democrats and Republicans disagree over.

I'm willing to bet you have an "antibiotic resistant superbug" living on your skin and in your nostrils at this very moment as part of your normal microbiota.

The only things that really scare me as a provider are EDR Psuedomonas, multi-drug resistant clostridium difficile and MDR/XDR Tuberculosis.


An infectious disease doc told me 40% of us have MRSA in/on us, but most keep it at bay.
 
2013-09-17 08:56:48 AM  
Good.
 
2013-09-17 11:01:28 AM  

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Sounds like you may have had strep throat, in which case your doctor was probably worried about rheumatic fever.


I did, indeed, have strep throat.

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Your post is actually a good example of how lack of medical knowledge among the general populace is a serious problem and contributor to the issues we have with dosing out antibiotics.


Actually, my lack of knowledge contributed only to my doing exactly as my doctor instructed me.  If I ever need antibiotics again, I'll be scrupulous in following whatever instructions I'm given for taking the new prescription.  The point of my story wasn't to explain how antibiotics should be used (that's beyond my expertise).  I just thought it was interesting that my doctor was super, super insistent that I take every last pill, come hell or high water.  I'd never had such a stern instruction from a physician, before or since.

But, I did find your post informative.  And, no, I didn't think you were picking on me.
 
2013-09-17 11:22:50 AM  
/reads the article

I was reading about this in a Newsweek article 15 years ago.  People are getting the message now?

Darwin's gonna be a winner for a long time.
 
2013-09-17 12:31:17 PM  
Can't remember the last time I took antibiotics...

/well, except for that burger I had the other night
 
2013-09-17 01:15:20 PM  
It's an arms race between us and the bacteria. One I find fascinating.

As for the articles scare-mongering. Old news buddy. It's us against them, and always has been.
 
2013-09-17 04:53:12 PM  

Notabunny: fta the most unnerving graph in the whole report: It shows the sharp drop in applications for new antibacterial drugs over the last three decades.

So the problem is that scientists drug companiesare either lazy, or they've declared war on sick people.


FTFY
There are plenty of scientists who would be more than willing to work on this issue. Unfortunately they can't work for free. They need to have a lab, they need a pay check so they can pay their mortgage/rent and buy food. The drug companies who usually develop these drugs are finding it easier to make a buck by blocking a generic version of something they sell, or jacking up the price of a drug that is desperately needed rather than research and development. If you supply the lab and offer free food and housing, you would have scientists doing research there.
 
2013-09-17 05:51:57 PM  
 
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