could ancient remedies hold the answer to the looming antibiotic crisis?

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One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past: botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine… By revealing the elemental secrets of these plants, Quave has discovered promising candidates for a new generation of drugs that might help resolve one of the greatest threats to public health today: the fact that an increasing number of disease-causing bacteria are rapidly evolving immunity to every existing antibiotic. Without effective antibiotics, common bacterial diseases that are curable today will become impossible to treat; childbirth, routine surgeries and even the occasional nick could turn lethal. The widespread emergence of resistant bacteria already claims 700,000 lives a year globally. Experts conservatively predict that by 2050, they will kill 10 million annually — one person every three seconds. “We’re standing on the precipice of a post-antibiotic era,” Quave says. “We just haven’t fallen off yet.”

Read more from the New York Times, Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis? by Ferris Jabr

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