Antibiotics Are Losing Efficacy After Surgery And Cancer Chemotherapy

Posted: Oct 16 2015, 7:52am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Antibiotics are Losing Efficacy After Surgery and Cancer Chemotherapy
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  • Antibiotics are Losing their Efficacy against Highly Resistant Bacteria

The latest sad news is that most antibiotics are gradually losing their efficacy in the battle against highly resistant bacteria. This spells more tragic deaths from diseases for helpless patients.

Antibiotics are the foundation of modern medicine. They not only beat infectious diseases caused by harmful bacteria but serve a life-saving function in post-operative procedures. Even dental surgery is a health hazard without the use of antibiotics.

Prophylactic antibiotics are also useful during cancer treatment. However, the only problem is that with the passage of time, the bacteria they eliminate have become largely immune to their effects. This spells grave dangers for mankind. The consequences will have to be faced with a stiff upper lip and dealt with too.  

Merely a 30% drop in the efficacy of antibiotics may cause as many as 120,000 extra infections and 6,300 deaths a year. This is a grave tragedy of the greatest dimensions.

The agencies in the US of A have calculated that over a million cases of infections occur in the land due to bacteria that are unaffected by antibiotics. Such strange-sounding bacteria as Enterobacteriaceae, Staphylpcoccus aureus and C. difficile have developed a tough biological shield of sorts against antibiotics such as carbapenum and methicillin.

The total number of infectious diseases run into the hundreds of thousands. Of these approximately 23,000 are a cause of certain death unless treated by hook or by crook.   

E.coli bacterial infections alone have increased to twice their previous rates over the past half a decade or so. From half to 90% of the infections are caused by bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics of every hue and type.

This is a great setback for mankind which had thought itself as above the other species in terms of intelligence and psychology. The lowly amoeba may cause a bout of amoebic dysentery leaving the patient in a prostrate position with repeated bouts of watery stools and vile vomit.   

The real dilemma arises after chemotherapy when antibiotics are crucial for protecting the cancer patient’s life. Since the past generation or two it has been shown that a 10% slashing of antibiotic efficiency could lead to a whopping 40,000 extra ailments.

Of these more than 2000 could end in the patients going six foot under. Since cancer is only treatable if the patient has undergone early screening and then via antibiotic medicines, this represents a serious dent in the structure of the modern healing arts. Modifications in the procedures necessary for treatment will have to be made. And time is of the essence in the equation too.   

The study published Thursday in The Lancet

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