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NY Times: Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis?

Meanwhile, the world indulged in the existing array of antibiotics in such a reckless fashion that it’s hard to know where to place blame. Physicians are just as guilty of overprescribing antibiotics — even to mollify hypochondriacs — as patients are of demanding the drugs too often.” No, you are wrong, NY Times. This is incorrect and placing blame squarely in the wrong place. Physicians were given perks to push antibiotics to patients - by drug companies. I worked as an A/V tech long enough to see how the third-generation cephalosporins were marketed. “Your patient could take amoxicillin and be better in a week, or take our new cephalosporin and be better in A DAY.” Doctors were complicit, but they wouldn’t/couldn’t have done it alone. To blame the patient, after the use of the above marketing? Revisionist history.

09/14/16 • 05:59 PM • EconomicsHealthHuman RightsScience • 1 Comment

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In the UK, researchers are learning to employ therapeutic use of bacteriophages to treat pathogenic bacterial infections, as used to be done before the antibiotic age.  Properly used, this gives great results!  I learned about this in a downloaded BBC science podcast.
Search that I just performed provided this:
http://www.nature.com/news/phage-therapy-gets-revitalized-1.15348

Posted by Evelyn Redtree on 09/16/16 at 08:20 AM

 

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