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  1. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    11 Mar '13 10:11
    "The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government's chief medical officer for England has said."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21737844

    "Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes. Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive. As long as new drugs keep coming, resistance is not a problem. But there has not been a new class of antibiotics discovered since the 1980s."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21702647

    Your thoughts on this?
  2. 11 Mar '13 11:08
    Antibiotics are seriously over used and we need to get doctors to prescribe them less, get self medicators to use them less, and generally educate people and change the culture of excessive cleanliness.
    Excessive cleanliness is bad for you.
  3. 11 Mar '13 14:19
    On the list of "threats to the nation" of any western nation, "terrorism" probably doesn't make it to the top 100.
  4. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    11 Mar '13 17:48
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    On the list of "threats to the nation" of any western nation, "terrorism" probably doesn't make it to the top 100.
    I agree.
    Lots more people die of antibiotic resistant TB, than they do from terrorism.
  5. 11 Mar '13 17:51
    Originally posted by FMF
    "The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government's chief medical officer for England has said."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21737844

    "Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes. Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find wa ...[text shortened]... ed since the 1980s."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21702647

    Your thoughts on this?
    It is a self-correcting disequilibrium, although the correction may favor other forms of life than ours, for a while.
  6. 12 Mar '13 00:15
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    On the list of "threats to the nation" of any western nation, "terrorism" probably doesn't make it to the top 100.
    Kazet you really are smart.
  7. 12 Mar '13 01:31 / 1 edit
    It said on the news, no new antibiotics have been released in 25 years! so no wonder there's a problem ... Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a scary oone ... flesh eating no less!
  8. 12 Mar '13 06:39
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    On the list of "threats to the nation" of any western nation, "terrorism" probably doesn't make it to the top 100.
    The direct loss of life due to terrorist acts, maybe, but terrorism has enabled governments to start several wars, limit freedom of speech, obtain far reaching powers to torture, spy, hold without warrant etc. Terrorism is a threat to democracy, but the danger comes from the governments, not the terrorists.
    Terrorism is about causing fear. The idea is then to use that fear to your advantage. However if everyone knows you caused the fear, its not that easy to take advantage. If, however, you didn't cause it, you can take advantage.