alec

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  • alec posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    It might help if they weren’t freely available without prescription in much of Europe and the rest of the world.

    • anne replied 3 weeks ago

      I was treated in a Swiss hospital for cuts in the summer. After being patched up, I had the following conversation with the doctor

      Doctor “Do you want antibiotics”

      Me “I don’t think so, do I need them?”

      Doctor “No….ah, your British. Like the Swiss you use antibiotics wisely. The French and Italians always ask”

      • sally replied 3 weeks ago

        For once (every rule has an exception), the eu could really interfere in a beneficial way. Ban whole herd preventative antibiotic use and make them prescription only in the whole of the eu. Then start applying pressure through the WHO globally. I think we might regret this more than climate change in a few decades.

      • On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

        ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

  • alec posted an update 3 weeks ago

    Have we reached a tipping point where antibiotic become as useful as a chocolate fire guard?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43571120

    • Carefully targeted ABs will continue to a highly effective treatment many serious bacterial infections.

    • jess replied 3 weeks ago

      “He … picked up the superbug after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.”

      Yeah, that’s the story he’s sticking to.

    • donna replied 3 weeks ago

      Not long ago my life was saved through a course of antibiotics, so I’m towards the view that they serve a useful purpose.

    • Fi replied 3 weeks ago

      Not yet at tipping point but if large swathes of the agricultural sector keep shovelling tens of thousands of tonnes of ABs into the food chain every year, we’ll soon get there.

      When it happens we’ll have a lot more than STI’s and chest infections to worry about. For a start lots of cancer treatments and many types of elective surgery will…[Read more]

    • No, nowhere close and we have lots of possible promising avenues for developing new ones which will need to be used more responsibly. Doing so is economically, politically and technically very difficult but not impossible.

      • alec replied 3 weeks ago

        It might help if they weren’t freely available without prescription in much of Europe and the rest of the world.

        • anne replied 3 weeks ago

          I was treated in a Swiss hospital for cuts in the summer. After being patched up, I had the following conversation with the doctor

          Doctor “Do you want antibiotics”

          Me “I don’t think so, do I need them?”

          Doctor “No….ah, your British. Like the Swiss you use antibiotics wisely. The French and Italians always ask”

          • sally replied 3 weeks ago

            For once (every rule has an exception), the eu could really interfere in a beneficial way. Ban whole herd preventative antibiotic use and make them prescription only in the whole of the eu. Then start applying pressure through the WHO globally. I think we might regret this more than climate change in a few decades.

          • On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

            ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

    • sally replied 3 weeks ago

      Easy availability is a big problem; you can walk into a pharmacy in Africa and buy one or two tablets. People don’t see why they should buy and finish an entire course, which is a waste of their precious cash.

      Anybody who fears the pharmaceutical industry will not solve the problem has no understanding of the money that’s at stake. An executive…[Read more]

    • Use within farming in southern Europe is off the scale and completely ignored in farm legislation by the eu. The chemical and medical sector are the biggest eu lobbyists though.

      Apart from the fact there is a knock effect to us medically in future resistance, I wouldn’t eat the meat from most European countries.

      • One tonne of amoxicillin would provide over 95,000 courses (note courses, not doses). Conservative estimates currently put the agricultural sector as using over 100,000 tonnes of ABs. The vast majority of this usage isn’t targeted, it’s prophylactic as even very minor infections have a relatively large impact on weight gain in livestock. It’s…[Read more]

    • faye replied 3 weeks ago

      The economic problem with developing antibiotics is that for there to be a return for a business they have to sell in volume before the patent expires yet no responsible regulator will allow a powerful novel antibiotic to be used for anything but the hardest cases so we need a new model for funding development and extracting value.

      The political…[Read more]

  • alec posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    I touchingly hope that diving in football may go out of fashion. Messi is a shining example of a player who tries to ride tackles and frequently scores by keeping going when everyone on the pitch stops because they expect him to go down. It was noticeable in the England- Italy match the other night that Sterling twice got back on his feet rather…[Read more]

  • alec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Success can cause arrogance and with that an almost given right to win a football match.

    They are not familiar with loosing. A shame they have forgotten where they have come from.

  • The biggest thing I hate about men is they want to be in control, or think they should be in control.

    @babe Not all men. You’ve obviously met the tossers

    But let’s be blunt – women don’t help themselves sometimes. You don’t have to accept that treatment.

    And women can be just as demanding, controlling and abusive.

    Be a good person, don’t be an…[Read more]

  • I thought a bit about this last night. Both my grandmothers and my mother, through death or divorce were ‘on their own’ for protracted periods of time. My Nan was a widower for longer than she was married.
    So I guess this is what has coloured my outlook somewhat. I grew up around (what I consider to be) very strong, independent women. My own…[Read more]