Bacteria Are Winning the Battle
As bacteria--including a new super bug--become resistant to antibiotics, doctors worldwide are beginning to worry that the age of antibiotics is coming to an end. Little more than a half-century ago it was not uncommon to die from infections related to tuberculosis, pneumonia or minor surgeries like appendix removal. With the advancements of modern medicine and the creation of antibiotics infectious diseases became treatable and our lifespans have extended. When common antibiotics can no longer fight off bacteria, and transplant surgeries become a thing of the past, modern medicine may need more than a face-lift to stay on top.
Yet pharmaceutical companies have little motivation to put the effort required into new pills and research when there is less profit to be made from a drug taken for a week to fight an infection versus a pill taken everyday for the rest of someone's life.
Although the medical establishment has warned against the over-use of antibiotics for viral infections, and encouraged a renaissance in hand washing and clean hygiene to slow the spread of bacteria, it still seems that, "In the battle for survival of the fittest between human beings and bacteria, just now it looks as though the best we are going to get is a draw - if we are lucky."
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