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A new family of antibiotics to kill serious infections, discovered by US, UK and German scientists

Friday, January 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC
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Scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics, teixobactin that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    IF this works in humans the first thing that needs to happen is to stop GP's prescribing them for head colds and sore throats: that stupidity caused the present hiatus.

    Jan 09th, 2015 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    And of course all those that want Nothing from the 3 mentioned..

    Jan 09th, 2015 - 07:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Agreed ChrisR. People with,ultiple resistant strains of anything should be isolated in facilities where they are treated from start to finish and don't forget or stop half way. This antibiotic should be only administered as part of a treatment plan that is not controlled by the patient.

    Oh and a certain poster who wants nothing to do with 'NorAmian' or 'EUian' inventions..... always makes me laugh when articles like this appear.

    Jan 10th, 2015 - 04:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @3 Skip

    This is true. If that certain poster was to put his money where his mouth was he wouldn't be using electricity, a computer, vaccines, antibiotics and hundreds of other things either discovered or invented by the North Americans or Europeans.

    As for these antibiotics, it is looking hopeful, but I have to agree with ChrisR. Antibiotics should be the treatment of last resort, and if the patient doesn't like that then they can just p!ss off. The problem is, certainly in the NHS, is that these same 'patients' will constantly bother their GP's until they get the outcome they want. Personally I believe that if you attend the GP for stupid things or constantly (when you don't have a medical condition that requires it) then you should be charged. Same with A&E.

    That would ease up the pressure on the NHS, wouldn't it?

    Jan 10th, 2015 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 4 LEPRecon
    ” I believe that if you attend the GP for stupid things or constantly (when you don't have a medical condition that requires it) then you should be charged. Same with A&E.”

    I have always thought that a fiver deposit to the practice, to be forfeited if there is a no show without forewarning and not being seen again until the fiver is back in the 'bank' would sort out the old gits who constantly turn up because they are lonely, etc.

    In Uruguay you not only pay a fee monthly to your chosen Mutualista you also have to pay for the consultation UP FRONT. It's 83 UYU Pesos at present (GBP 2.37) each time you go but to the locals that is important money.

    It works out about £147 per month inclusive for both of us. I have no idea what it cost us in tax in the UK (but a hell of a lot more) and the service here is the best I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. You get you appointment to the minute and only if there has been an emergency visit (usually a child) which of course takes preference over everything, you are always within 10 minutes of the due time.

    Eat your heart out! :o)

    Jan 10th, 2015 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Perhaps this will work for some serious diseases like kirchneritis and socialismitis. It just might redevelop work ethics and eliminate freeloading and deadbeats.

    Jan 14th, 2015 - 02:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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