Serious story, you never know when your poo might save you. Moises Velasquez-Manoff explains at the New York Times: By last August, my 1-year-old son had taken five courses of antibiotics for…

Maryn McKenna says that “After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?”, writing at Food & Environment…

PenicillinThe good ol’ days of penicillin …. Michelle Roberts reports for BBC News:

UK doctors are being told the antibiotic normally used to treat gonorrhoea is no longer effective because the sexually transmitted disease is now largely resistant to it. The Health Protection Agency says we may be heading to a point when the disease is incurable unless new treatments can be found.

For now, doctors must stop using the usual treatment cefixime and instead use two more powerful antibiotics. One is a pill and the other a jab.

The HPA say the change is necessary because of increasing resistance. Tests on samples taken from patients and grown in the laboratory showed reduced susceptibility to the usual antibiotic cefixime in nearly 20% of cases in 2010, compared with just 10% of cases in 2009.

Many doctors dispense Quinolones–such as Levaquin, Cipro and Aveloxl–as if they were Pez these days.  Cipro, for example, is useful against Anthrax, but some doctors have been known to prescribe it for possible infections that haven’t even shown up in tests.

But fluoroquinolones are now known to researchers to sometimes cause tendinopathy, neuropathy, and other serious adverse effects.  They work by preventing bacterial DNA from duplicating, and it seems they might sometimes harm human DNA as well.

So why haven’t the manufacturers told doctors about these risks?  And why hasn’t the FDA ordered them to?