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How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10...ons?art_pos=13

I agree, our Dr's could and SHOULD learn something from what happens in Norway.

"Studies are showing that Norway's dirtiest hospitals are actually cleaner than most other countries', and the reason for this is that Norwegians stopped taking antibiotics. A number of factors like paid sick leave and now restrictions on advertising for drugs make Norway an anomaly when it comes to diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A Norwegian doctor explains, 'We don't throw antibiotics at every person with a fever. We tell them to hang on, wait and see, and we give them a Tylenol to feel better.' Norway is the most MRSA free country in the world. In a country like Japan, where 17,000 die from MRSA every year, 'doctors overprescribe antibiotics because they are given financial incentives to push drugs on patients.'"

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Re: How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

Paid sick leeave and a culture of sending sick people home from work helps.
As to antibiotics, if used correctly, they can be useful - but only if used correctly. A doctors son who stayed with me recently, didn't know why you must always finish a course of antibiotics, even if you start feeling better!

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Re: How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

Please expand why ?.
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Re: How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

One reason is that often it takes the entire course to completely kill the bacteria. If you stop just because you feel better you risk only weakening the bacteria and they can come back more resistant to the antibiotic. This then breeds resistant strains of bacteria that require more powerful antibiotics to kill.

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Re: How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

funny... bugs adapt..., but we don't...
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Thanks, makes sense. Are bacteria male or female ?
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Re: How Norway fights STAPH infections ...our Dr's could learn something from that.

There was a kid here in Middletown, CT about 2 years ago who skinned his knee playing football. I can't remember for sure, but I think he almost died or did die from MRSA infection in the skinned knee... Freaky deaky!

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