Antibiotic Resistance is creating Super-bugs that seem to be having a literal hay day over time. Sadly many antibiotics are not working against most bacteria that are causing serious illnesses. The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) are continually working on solutions to resolve this crisis, but in reality it is an extremely scary situation. According to the CDC, more than two million Americans are dealing with this problem. Antibiotic Resistance is a Super-Bugs best friend because as soon as a patient uses an antibiotic for a period of time, it may end up being useless the next time around.
So what really seems to be the biggest problem? It is the over prescribing and overuse of antibiotics! It is always recommended to finish the entire prescribed medication that is given to patients that truly need them. But micro-organisms are made in such a way that when they identify micro-antibiotics they build up a resistance to the drugs over time. Antibiotic resistance so far has caused more than two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths to date. In recent reports it was found that more than half of antibiotics prescribed for the common cold are unnecessary.
There does seem to be some hope when it comes down to the war on antibiotic resistance. Recently scientists are working on a new drug development that will literally cause the microbes to digest themselves whole. They are hoping that tests will continue to show good results of killing the Staphylococcus bacterium and other lethal bacteria that has been killing hospital patients. The drug, called acyldepsipeptide (ADEP4), activates an enzyme within the bacteria’s dormant cells to become hardened and then they end up digesting themselves.
This new break-through drug is set for more testing in stage three, as it proved effective through the previous stage. Researchers say it may help actually to boost older antimicrobial medications back into more effective rates against resistant bacteria. It was a small pharmaceutical company in the UK, Helperby Therapeutics that discovered the new drug in order to boost the effectiveness of Antibiotic resistant microbes.
Although another concern that comes up in a recent study is within the genetics of children. Antibacterial resistance has been found in the intestinal tract of healthy American children and these genes could share information with microbes causing problems down the road in fighting future infections that could possibly cause death. It seems that from birth to age five the children receive more antibiotics than any other five year time span. Thus, currently digestive samples are continually being analyzed to determine how their lives are being affected at multiple times in their lives.
With all of these concerns, it is with great caution but serious hope that these newly found drugs will help kill these Antibiotic Resistant Super-bugs. Not only are the deaths in hospitals increasing due to this problem, but the issue is starting to become rampant within our communities as well. We all can remember a time that the CDC said that it would not be long before these bacterial issues start to show up in the general population, and as time passes this issue is more than just a passing reality throughout the world.
By Tina Elliott