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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in the Battle Against Tuberculosis

One of the reasons patients with drug resistant strains of the disease die is that they do not adhere to long and onerous treatment, taking five drugs a day for about eighteen months, or nine months after the germ has disappeared.

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Theodore Dalrymple

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July 22, 2014 - 8:00 am
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Is there ever any good news without bad? Good and bad seem to be inextricably locked in a Hegelian dialectic, or perhaps Manichaean struggle would be a more accurate way of putting it. For example, tuberculosis became the captain of the men of death, the white plague, between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries. Then it began its long decline, accelerated by the discovery of the first effective anti-tuberculous drugs. Then, just as large numbers of people became more susceptible to tuberculosis because of the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the germ of tuberculosis developed resistance to the most effective drugs against it. It seemed that the disease might once more become what it had been not so very long before. But then, for the first time in 40 years, a new anti-tuberculous drug, bedaquiline, was developed by the pharmaceutical company Janssen. Good news has not retained the upper hand for very long, however. An article in a recent edition of the Lancet suggests that bedaquiline is not the answer to Mankind’s prayers, at least where tuberculosis is concerned.

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Isn't it interesting that Palin keeps saying quotable and true things? Even tho she is no longer viable as a political candidate? And... apparently the new book, Clinton Inc., notices that McCain during his presidential campaign, followed Bill Clinton's advice, which explains so much (to me, at least) about McCain's failure and Palin's downfall.
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We stand on a razor's edge.

It is not a matter if it will happen, only a matter of when it will happen.

One day, an infectious organism, most probably a form of the flu, is going to kill vast numbers of the population. The fact that we have gotten to the point where a curious high school student can do gene editing will only hasten the arrival of that day.
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And it appears that even as we read this, America’s President proudly condones the dispersal of trainloads of known or potential carriers of this deadly scourge (and many lesser ones) throughout the country just as fast as he can get away with it. To quote Mrs. Palin, “If that’s not impeachable, then nothing is.”
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Quarantine is just at the edge of memory as a kid when someone had the measels. Several yrs ago my husband was the CFO of a community hospital. One night the do gooders brought a man in, it was tb they kept him a few days, stabilized & developed a protocol along with Social workers to ensure compliance. The first time simple old penecillian worked 9 times later he's gone through the drug protocols & now has anti biotic resistant tb. It's caused the hospital thousands and the last drug they gave him was $2000 a dose. Why wasn't he quarantined until the initial course of treatment was over when it was cheap & effective. Not only is he a threat to himself but what about the rest of society. Where do his rights not to take meds cross the line & affect me & mine.
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Isn't it interesting that Palin keeps saying quotable and true things? Even tho she is no longer viable as a political candidate? And... apparently the new book, Clinton Inc., notices that McCain during his presidential campaign, followed Bill Clinton's advice, which explains so much (to me, at least) about McCain's failure and Palin's downfall.
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This has exacty what to do with drug-resistant tuberculosis?
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A. Scroll down to MayberryLady's comment and read it.

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We stand on a razor's edge.

It is not a matter if it will happen, only a matter of when it will happen.

One day, an infectious organism, most probably a form of the flu, is going to kill vast numbers of the population. The fact that we have gotten to the point where a curious high school student can do gene editing will only hasten the arrival of that day.
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...to the point where a curious high school student can do gene editing

And there's that "Singularity" they keep warning us about.
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And it appears that even as we read this, America’s President proudly condones the dispersal of trainloads of known or potential carriers of this deadly scourge (and many lesser ones) throughout the country just as fast as he can get away with it. To quote Mrs. Palin, “If that’s not impeachable, then nothing is.”
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