We’re going more health than policy this week:
Antibiotics are one of the greatest medical innovations ever, responsible for saving something like a gazillion lives. But today, we’re worried about overusing them, and there are concerns that one day they won’t really work anymore. There are lots of misconceptions about antibiotics, and in this week’s episode we’re going to tackle a lot of them.
For those of you who came here looking for references, here are a few:
- Microbial dynamics of purulent nasopharyngitis in children
- Colour of respiratory discharge and antibiotic use
- Bacteriology and treatment of purulent nasopharyngitis: a double blind, placebo-controlled evaluation
- Antibiotics and Oral Contraceptive Failure
- Oral contraceptive failure rates and oral antibiotics
- Oral contraceptive efficacy and antibiotic interaction: A myth debunked
- Antibiotics aren’t always the answer
- Viral Shedding and Clinical Illness in Naturally Acquired Influenza Virus Infections
- Contagious Period for Pandemic (H1n1) 2009
And, of course, both of my two books cover these issues (links are over there on the right).