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(Humans Invent)   Antibiotics could stop working in 30 years, taking us back to 19th century health standards. But this instant diagnosis device could help slow down the demise of this essential medicine   (humansinvent.com) divider line 15
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2014-01-16 09:00:33 AM
I'll be dead, what do I care? And there are new drug discoveries every day, something new will be invented by then. The cures to all diseases can be found in nature. Naked mole rats are immune to cancer, scientists know why, and are working on a way for humans to get that protection.
 
2014-01-16 09:42:49 AM
I had a boil in an uncomfortable place last summer, and my doctor actually gave me sulfa drugs because sometimes those can be MRSA, and she didn't want to take a chance on using on of the antibiotics that still worked in it. It felt so old timey taking it.
 
2014-01-16 10:01:32 AM
I wonder how many other infections, in addition to syphilis, can be treated by infecting a patient with Malaria.
 
2014-01-16 10:09:34 AM
If antibiotics stop being used, eventually the non-drug resistant bacteria will come back. It'll take time, but it'll happen. The problem is the overuse of antibiotics in both humans and in agriculture.
 
2014-01-16 10:46:23 AM
As I sit here taking two different antibiotics for Bronchitis, Pneumonia and a collapsed lung....  I hope I can knock this shiat out quicker than 30 years.

/oh and some how, i got pink eye as an added bonus!!
 
2014-01-16 10:50:37 AM
I thought that bacteriophages were proving to be very useful in fighting drug resistant bacterial infections.  Is this not true?
 
2014-01-16 10:59:47 AM
Stop giving antibiotics to livestock so you can force them to live in their own shiat, I don't care about prices going up; lives will be lost if we lose our antibiotics; also, stop giving Z packs to idiots with viral sinus infections.
 
2014-01-16 01:40:41 PM

dababler: Stop giving antibiotics to livestock so you can force them to live in their own shiat, I don't care about prices going up; lives will be lost if we lose our antibiotics; also, stop giving Z packs to idiots with viral sinus infections.


Yep, pretty much all this.
 
2014-01-16 01:46:08 PM
I have a friend that I joke around with all the time that he is going to be patient zero when some bacteria mutates that no antibiotic can tackle. Why? He goes to the doctor to get antibiotics for EVERYTHING. Foot hurts? I got some antibiotics. Headache? I think I have a sinus infection so I got some antibiotics. It really is annoying.
 
2014-01-16 02:34:20 PM

wild9: I have a friend that I joke around with all the time that he is going to be patient zero when some bacteria mutates that no antibiotic can tackle. Why? He goes to the doctor to get antibiotics for EVERYTHING. Foot hurts? I got some antibiotics. Headache? I think I have a sinus infection so I got some antibiotics. It really is annoying.


While your friends behavior is irritating, I blame your doctor.  I've been to mine a few times and they've given me the "its probabaly a virus, take some nasal spray or a decongestant and ride the farker out" speach.

Haven't had antibiotics since like... 2005
 
2014-01-16 02:35:49 PM
That's not how things work.

The drugs will slowly become ineffective and cases of people dying from previously treatable things will increase.  Old, sick, and babies - particularly the poor variety will be the ones dying.  People won't care too much.  When it hits critical mass, probably when a cute white chick dies, there will be a media storm followed by fear mongering, followed by politicians passing stupid laws and directing billions to drug companies.

And they'll happily research new drugs.

It'll be less costly than the obesity epidemic - but scarier because it's harder to hate a cute white chick who got sick through no fault of her own, than a fat person who ate a lot of pizza.
 
2014-01-16 02:38:53 PM

wild9: I have a friend that I joke around with all the time that he is going to be patient zero when some bacteria mutates that no antibiotic can tackle. Why? He goes to the doctor to get antibiotics for EVERYTHING. Foot hurts? I got some antibiotics. Headache? I think I have a sinus infection so I got some antibiotics. It really is annoying.


Your friends doctor should lose their license.
 
2014-01-16 03:15:41 PM

Walker: I'll be dead, what do I care? And there are new drug discoveries every day, something new will be invented by then. The cures to all diseases can be found in nature. Naked mole rats are immune to cancer, scientists know why, and are working on a way for humans to get that protection.


Well if we get the right super-bug you may come back. I suppose it depends on if you want to come back or not, if you care or not.
 
2014-01-16 06:23:19 PM
To my doctor's credit, he does not routinely give out antibiotics to patients with viral infections. However, after my last cold, I had a lingering lung infection well after my other symptoms had cleared up. Had to argue with him, but he finally agreed to a prescription. Long story short, I was breathing great three days later.
 
2014-01-17 09:00:32 AM

machoprogrammer: If antibiotics stop being used, eventually the non-drug resistant bacteria will come back. It'll take time, but it'll happen. The problem is the overuse of antibiotics in both humans and in agriculture.


But if we don't use it in agriculture we might see cattle that are 3% smaller. Do you really want to see that horror?
 
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