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  • RuralRebel 8:10 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Antibiotic resistance ‘big threat to health’ 

    16 November 2012 Last updated at 04:22 ET

    Antibiotic resistant bacteria
    Antibiotic resistance is growing

    Resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest threats to modern health, experts say.

    The warning from England’s chief medical officer and the Health Protection Agency comes amid reports of growing problems with resistant strains of bugs such as E. coli and gonorrhoea.

    They said many antibiotics were being used unnecessarily for mild infections, helping to create resistance.

    And they urged patients to take more care with how they used medicines.

    This is particularly important as there are very few new antibiotics in development.


    The chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: “Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible – similar to global warming.

    “I urge patients and prescribers to think about the drugs they are requesting and dispensing.

    “Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work.


    Prof Dame Sally Davies warns of the consequences of antibiotic resistance

    “The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.”

    To reinforce her message, Dame Sally has issued a list of “dos and don’ts”.

    These include:

    • Do remember antibiotics should be taken only when prescribed by a health professional.
    • Do complete the prescribed course even if you feel better, as not taking the full course encourages the emergence of resistance.
    • Don’t share antibiotics with anyone else.
    • Do remember that antibiotics cannot help you recover from infections caused by viruses, such as colds or flu.

    The HPA said the last point was one of the common misconceptions among the public.

    Dr Cliodna McNulty from the HPA said: “We all seem to forget just how awful you can feel with a bad cold, let alone flu, and this maybe makes us think that we are more poorly than we really are and that we need antibiotics to get better.

    “But this isn’t the case and using your favourite over-the-counter medicines that can help to ease headaches, aching muscles and stop your nose running will make you feel a lot better.”


  • RuralRebel 2:01 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Mia Farrow’s brother charged with child sex abuse in Maryland 

    By Scott McCabe November 15, 2012 | 2:55 pm
    John Charles Villiers-Farrow, the brother of actress Mia Farrow, has been charged with sexually abusing  children in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County.
    Two young men came forward with detailed accounts of being sexually abused from 2000 to 2008 when the two were boys, according to Anne Arundel County Police.
    Villers-Farrow, 66, of Edgewater, was charged last week with numerous counts of child sex abuse. He was being held Thursday pending an $800,000 bond.

    Anyone with additional information or anyone who may have also been a victim is asked to contact Detective Josh Williams of the Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-3484.

    Farrow, a yacht salesman out in Annapolis, is the son of actress Maureen O’Sullivan and screenwriter and director John Farrow


  • RuralRebel 11:44 am on November 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , soldiers, suicides, war   

    Check their therapists 


    We send them to train, eat and sleep with their enemies! Is it any wonder? We expect them to “respect” a culture that kills their own children? A culture that hates! Our leaders have done this…..and it is time to call them on it! Bring these kids home from this non-war now…..or let them WIN this fight against terrorism and terrorist and allow them to come home Hero’s!
    Make sure the therapist’s these soldiers are seeing are not like the Fort Hood terrorist!

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