Archive for September, 2011

September 21, 2011

Antibiotic usage decreasing… but not enough

CDC Get Smart poster healthy adult

I’m a little late on the uptake, but that’s what grad school does to me sometimes. The CDC’s weekly morbidity and mortality report¬†from a few weeks ago contained some interesting findings regarding antibiotic prescribing habits among pediatricians in the US. Using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Service, the CDC found that patients age 14 or younger received fewer antibiotics from pediatricians’ offices from 2003-2004 than from 1993-1994.

My first thought: big whoop.

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September 11, 2011

Sad happenings in Zanzibar

This is freaky: Tanzania ship sinks, nearly 200 bodies recovered. The ferry that carries people between Dar es Salaam and Pemba capsized, leaving around 200 people dead. These ships are frequently overcrowded because they are the cheapest way of traveling between Zanzibar and the mainland. And to top it off, a few weeks ago three bars in Stone Town, Zanzibar was torched by people protesting the serving of alcohol.