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The End of Antibiotics?
NPR is running two stories about antibiotics. One about scientists scraping the sea floor in search of new antibiotics that we have yet to develop resistance to. Researchers are finding that drug companies have little interest in financing the testing of their newly discovered anitbiotics, because they are more focused on drugs that people require daily for the rest of their lives, or performance-enhancing drugs. The other piece—a nice complement—is about embracing your body's natural defenses:
...next time you're tempted to beg for a prescription for antibiotics, remember this: [...] Some useful bacteria will be killed along with the bad, leaving vacant patches that invite colonization by any passing germ.[...] If your doctor tells you that antibiotics won't help, don't beg. Stay home and try to keep your germs to yourself.