Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
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Science: We All Have Fewer Than Ten Years To Live

THE END"In many ways, this is it. This is potentially the end. There are no antibiotics in the pipeline that have activity against NDM 1-producing Enterobacteriaceae… We have a bleak window of maybe 10 years, where we are going to have to use the antibiotics we have very wisely, but also grapple with the reality that we have nothing to treat these infections with. It is the first time it has got to this stage with these type of bacteria." You heard the man! This is it, people! According to Tim Walsh of Cardiff University, it's time to to tell the people that you love that you love them. Pneumonia and urinary tract infections, that's how we're gonna go. Perhaps this will pass like the MRSA scare and, oh right, every other panic of the last twenty years. Or not!

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DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I blame Purell.

Multivitamins and cranberry juice for everyone!

Bittersweet (#765)

With a side order of flu shots! Sanofi-Aventis must be psyched.

egad (#1,355)

And therein lies the problem. Antibiotics being used to treat influenza.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

This whole problem would be solved if doctors stopped treating antibiotics as the solution to all maladies and started treating heavy painkillers as the solution to all maladies.

shaunr (#726)

The end of the world will not be announced in August.

El Matardillo (#586)

This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebellion.

kneetoe (#1,881)

But remember WAAAAYYYYY back when there were NO ANTIBIOTICS, and, yes, it was not a happy time,it was hardly WORTH living, and yet the world failed to end

How do you know it didn't?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

There also weren't six and a half billion people crammed onto the world back then. Get rid of antibiotics and, on the plus side, more legroom.

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