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The war on antibiotic resistance has begun


Posted on Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 | Comment icon 15 comments

Can we win the war against the superbugs ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Leading healthcare experts have proposed new measures to tackle the threat of resistant bacteria.
The idea of a future in which even the most common infections can kill you might sound like something from the pages of a science fiction novel, yet within a few decades we could all be facing a reality very much like this.

Delegates from the World Health Organization's 194 member states will be meeting this week to discuss, among other things, a plan to put in motion a definitive response to the looming threat of a post-antibiotics era. With little research being done on new antibiotics and with existing antibiotics being ineffective against increasingly deadly superbug strains, time could be quickly running out.

The basis for a solution, experts believe, is to address the fact that the development of new antibiotics is notoriously unprofitable. Instead of companies struggling to make money from the sale of these new drugs, alternative monetary incentives such as grants could be offered instead.

Leading pharmaceutical companies are already said to be on board with the new plans and while a $500 million per antibiotic per year price tag isn't cheap, it could be vital in preventing what may otherwise turn out to be one of the worst health crises the modern world has ever faced.

Source: New Scientist | Comments (15)

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Peter B on 23 May, 2014, 11:25
I take your point, but I think my point is still valid: if we can reduce the number of infections through improved hygiene we can decrease the use of antibiotics and thus reduce the opportunities for bacteria to evolve resistance. I have to say I have a personal interest in the matter. Firstly, my brother-in-law became infected following surgery thanks to a careless doctor not washing his hands prior to examining the incision. Secondly, I'm likely to undergo surgery in the next few months, and with a young family to support the last thing I need is to have my recovery time increased by i... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Border Collie on 26 May, 2014, 16:11
Anything leading off with "The War On ......." Is doomed to failure. Sorry!
Comment icon #8 Posted by aearluin on 28 May, 2014, 19:36
Until they do something about the absurd overuse of antibiotics in animal production, new super-resistant bugs will keep popping up about as fast as new antibiotics are created. By far the majority of antibiotics used in the world today are not for human use, but to keep animals alive in super-intensive (and super-unhealthy) production units, which provide ideal grounds for the super-resistant strains to pop-up. From their to humans is always just a very small step.
Comment icon #9 Posted by regeneratia on 28 May, 2014, 20:47
Licorice root, folks. AND you must know how to boost your immune system by: 1. NOT drinking the tap water or filter out the fluoride somehow. 2. fermenting your own food 3. optional but good for you too, ...eating Kefir.
Comment icon #10 Posted by regeneratia on 28 May, 2014, 20:49
There is medical article after medical article about new antibiotics that aim at the superbugs from angles that the superbug has not begun to fight. However, that drug would have to be 20 years on the market before I would use it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by badeskov on 29 May, 2014, 1:19
Absolute nonsense. Has absolutely no impact. In fact, I would say the opposite. Kefir is always good. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia on 29 May, 2014, 3:00
Well, what you really mean is that YOU THINK it is absolute nonsense. but for most of us in the KNOW, it really is not. Kefir is fermented, dear. I Not nonsense: These results, published in the journal Cell on 9 January 2014, also clarify the role of the intestine and its associated microorganisms in maintaining glycaemia. They will give rise to new dietary recommendations to prevent diabetes and obesity. Most sweet fruit and many vegetables such as salsify, cabbage or beans are rich in so-called fermentable fibers. Such fibers cannot be digested directly by the intestine but are instead fer... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by jesspy on 29 May, 2014, 10:08
Ha! The multi resistant bacteria are a huge problem now. Multi resistant TB looks to become one of the big killers.
Comment icon #14 Posted by regeneratia on 30 May, 2014, 4:56
According to my continuing education, most of the over-use of antibiotics are blamed on emergency rooms.


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