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#31 Old 08-30-2010, 06:49 PM
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10 years is really short.

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I wouldn't take it to that extreme, but we should obviously stop prescribing antibiotics when they're not needed to treat something. They're misused a lot, and that can be blamed on the doctors and the patients.

On numerous occasions I've seen people get antibiotic prescriptions without knowing what the exact cause of their infection was, their doctor just takes a shot in the dark and hopes they're prescribing the right thing, without actually testing the infection and doing any lab work to determine what will be the most effective.

As someone who might've died without broad-spectrum antibiotics (due to an infection so rare it took two weeks of tests to pinpoint the specific bacteria), I can say that sometimes, it's necessary to treat people with anything you've got to keep them alive long enough to figure out the exact issue.

However, I agree with everyone that when someone goes in for a cold, they should NOT be given antibiotics. A cold is a virus. What a doctor once told me is if, after 7 days, it's not improving at ALL, then you go to a doctor and talk about antibiotics. But I think we should be testing people to see what specific one they need, and if it is, in fact, a bacteria, or just a strong virus.

Admittedly I don't know how long it takes the average clinic to do tests like that, nor the cost. But I'm sure the cost would probably still be better than doling out antibiotics, and if not, then it's certainly cheaper than the cost of trying to save people from these superbugs.
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Trust me, I wouldn't fault anyone for that. If I'm ever facing death and they don't know what's wrong with me, I'll tell them to roll the dice and give me their best stuff.

When it comes to cutting down severely on antibiotics, I'm talking specifically about the situations where it's not severe and time isn't a huge issue.
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^^Yeah, I figured, just making sure. I agree with you on that.
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#34 Old 08-31-2010, 12:17 PM
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Trust me, I wouldn't fault anyone for that. If I'm ever facing death and they don't know what's wrong with me, I'll tell them to roll the dice and give me their best stuff.

When it comes to cutting down severely on antibiotics, I'm talking specifically about the situations where it's not severe and time isn't a huge issue.

Same. If it's a matter of life or death, I agree it's better to start something until more conclusive results are known.

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#35 Old 09-08-2010, 08:17 AM
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Nine distinct chemical extracts from the locust brain killed Escherichia coli, which can cause food poisoning, and seven killed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the problematic superbug sweeping hospitals and communities throughout the western world.

Relevant to the topic: http://www.newscientist.com/article/...g-plagues.html

Don't think I like them messing with the locusts/cockroaches though. D: I prefer the bacteriophage from seawater idea.

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#36 Old 09-08-2010, 01:43 PM
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as someone who swims with superbugs day in and day out, i'm less than impressed.... though i'm sure i'm colonized with mrsa and god knows what else. people who have crap immune systems (often lifestyle related) will be out of magic bullets. it won't affect the vast majority of the population.
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