Don't Finish Your Antibiotics

In a world where antibiotic resistance looms large as one of the greatest threats to public health, some scientists are questioning the longheld edict that a course of antibiotics must be completed even if you feel better. Their theory: Bacteria become more adept at surviving antibiotics and more resistant in the process.
 
report that backs the theory will be presented to a WHO expert committee at a meeting next month, according to STAT.
 
“The problem is once it gets baked into culture, it’s really hard to excise it,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, of the universally accepted antibiotic treatment guidelines.
 
Adds Louis Rice, chair of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University: “I’m not here saying that every infection can be treated for two days or three days. I’m just saying: Let’s figure it out.”
 
Source: STAT

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