Tuesday, December 16, 2003

MRSA and antibiotics

An interesting new study suggests that the clampdown on the prescription of antibiotics to treat coughs and colds may have led to an increase in pneumonia deaths. The study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen, 'found that excess winter deaths rates - those above average levels - from pneumonia went up from 20.4 per 100,000 in 1995-96 to 30.7 per 100,000 in 1999-2000.'

It's only one study, but worth noting nonetheless. Instead of fretting about overuse of antibiotics, perhaps the government could pay someone to clean hospitals properly.

BBC NEWS | Health | UK considers antibiotic policy


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