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Does drug resistant cancer eventually lose its drug resistance?

Does a cancer cell population eventually lose its drug resistance, if you give it enough time? For example, if you take some cancer cells in vitro, make them drug resistant to a certain drug, then ...
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Does treatment with one triazole give resistance to all other triazoles?

Let's say a patient is treated with a triazole (e.g. Itraconazole) for an oral thrush infection and the fungus acquires resistance to it, then is that resistance against other triazoles too (e.g. ...
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Does "gram negative" generally indicate highly antibiotics resistant bacteria strains?

I must admit that I am an absolute medical layman, trying to keep myself informed at best though. Today I had a consultation at my dermatologist about a bad healing wound I have, to talk about the ...
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Does getting the cold constantly build defense? [closed]

Since it's molecule format changes every year or so, does it even matter (in terms of resistance) that you had it last year?
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How likely is it that when leukemia relapses it is resistant to treatment?

I know that resistant cancer subpopulations can survive cancer therapies and be responsible for a relapse, but I can't find hard numbers on how often this happens to patients. How likely is it for ...
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Can acne bacteria become resistant to Clindamycin?

Clindamycinum is an antibiotic used to treat skin and vaginal infections. Can people use Clindamycinum for more than 60 days or will the bacteria become resistant to it?
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Does being infected protect one from further infection?

Does being infected protect one from further infection? Intuition for why it could be the case When one catch an infective disease, its immune system becomes more active which could eventually also ...
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Resistance of Bacteria to Antibiotics after fall-back

If an infection comes back a few weeks after taking antibiotics, because the full dose and prescribed amount of antibiotics wasn't taken, does this mean that the bacteria is now immune to that ...
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Why does overuse of antibiotics cause resistance?

The way I see it there are 2 cases: 1. The patient uses antibiotics and has an infection. 2. The patient does not have an infection and uses the antibiotics. For case 1, this is a legitimate use. ...
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Side effects of genetically modified food products

We are genetically modifying crops to change the way they look, to produce more out of less, or to make them resistant to certain diseases; they are subsequently being consumed by humans and animals. ...
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Does putting a bit more stress on joints when young increase resilience when older?

Would putting slightly more than normal force on a joint in the prime years push off arthritis?
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Does electrical exposure build human resilience?

So I stumbled on this website about shocking electrical superheroes and I was wondering if a shock was administered every day to a young person, would their heart slowly give out, or would they become ...
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Why didn't smallpox develop resistance to its vaccine?

Antimicrobial resistance is common. Why didn't smallpox develop resistance to its vaccine? Why was smallpox eradicable?
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Why aren't superbugs weaker than their wild type?

A superbug is a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs, according to Oxford Dictionary. The reason that it can resist the drug is because it has evolved in the environment ...
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Can microbes be bred to be less infectious?

It was a strange idea that popped into my head. Could wild infectious microbes be bred (directed evolution) by some mechanism (such as through hypothetical drug therapies) to "domesticate" them and ...