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Can antibiotics interfere with the body's ability to fight viruses? Perhaps so.
Posted on 20 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that abuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and animals has lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, to the detriment of human health. Prior posts have also noted the importance of bacteria to human health and welfare... Read More

The new epidemiology: Infectious personalities
Posted on 22 May 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Google recently has been used to track the development of the flu by using the number of queries about flu symptoms and treatment as a measure of the spread of the disease. However, this is what is known as a lagging indicator because it reflects what... Read More

Can antibiotics interfere with the body's ability to fight viruses? Perhaps so.
Posted on 20 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that abuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and animals has lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, to the detriment of human health. Prior posts have also noted the importance of bacteria to human health and welfare... Read More

In a smallish room, body heat draws particles near, enhancing inhalation
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Most models involving inhalation of particulates of various sorts (e.g., microbes, pollen, dust, toxins) assume a somewhat even distribution of the particulates in the air that is inhaled. While such an assumption helps to simplify exposure calculations... Read More

Antibiotics and vaccines can act as selection factors for bacteria
Posted on 25 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, almost anything has the potential to act as an evolutionary selection factor. [Yes, Virginia, there really is evolution.] A recent assessment that traces the history of a virulent strain of pneumonia-causing bacteria demonstrates... Read More

Some bacteria found on grocery store meat are resistant to antibiotics, often many antibiotics
Posted on 15 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the unfortunate tendency in much of the world, including the U.S., to over prescribed antibiotics (even for conditions in which antibiotics are of no use whatsoever [e.g., viral infections]), resulting in disease-causing organisms... Read More