This week, to tie in with our study of bacteria and viruses, we're going to talk about antibiotic resistance and the public policies that influence it.
The main reading is a piece from AP about how Norway has dealt with the problem of MRSA and how other countries could do the same:
Next, we have a study relating changes in the strictness of Norway's infection control policy to the incidence of MRSA cases:
On a different note, here is an article written by some investigative reporters who found ways to get antibiotics over the counter in the US:
This article in The Economist takes a more international perspective, exploring the link between trade barriers and demand for antibiotics:
But wait, we're not done yet! Nicholas Kristof writes in this article about the connection between agricultural policy and antibiotic resistance:
Lastly, a final consideration to make. Here's a report suggesting that antibiotics in livestock can even leak out into crops:
P.S. Justin Barr recommends the following book-length treatment of the issue:
Levy, Stuart B. The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs are Destroying the Miracle. New York: Plenum Press, 1992.