Chinese Medicine Antibiotics Will Become The Mainstream

The most serious antibiotic management policy of Chinese pharmaceutical industry is forthcoming. Some experts said, Chinese ministry of health focuses on fighting against abuse of clinical antibiotics, which undoubtedly provided an opportunity for the development of the relative safety of Chinese herbal antibacterial. Western medicine glutathione antibiotics provide opportunities for Chinese herbal medicine.
Shortened in recent years, drug resistance cycle as well as bacterial resistance rates to raise year by year, from the 1990s onwards, many large pharmaceutical companies to reduce capital investment, gradually withdraw from the research and development of antimicrobial drugs, new antibacterial drugs uncommon. Side by side with human beings in war with the bacteria, can be described as retreat, multi-drug resistant, pan-resistant bacteria emerging. Basing on this, the theme of 2011 world health day was identified as against resistance: no action is taken today, tomorrow will have no drugs available.
Antibacterial drugs of abuse, not only the patient’s medical costs soaring, but also brought about the serious consequences of the high resistance. The sole acinetobacter baumannii, for example, the resistance rate of 3 percent in 2007, 11 percent in 2008, 17 percent in 2009, has rapidly risen to 21 percent in 2010. In other words, serious bacterial infection in the 1/5 of the patients has been incurable.
The management is not only against fungi drugs thunder and the rain is not small. The introduction of a series of specific and control indicators, two, three medical institutions in the use of antibiotics intended to limiting the varieties comprehensive measures to limit the amount of the limit level, clearly defined the three hospitals with the principles of antimicrobial resveratrol agents varieties shall not exceed 50 kinds, the two hospitals not more than 35 kinds. Varieties of the same generic name drugs, the injectable formulation and the oral formulation of not more than two kinds, the prescription form similar compound 1-2. Drugs may not be repeated with the same or similar pharmaceutical characteristics procurement. Standing point of view of about 90 kinds of antimicrobial agents from the current three-level hospital in limited varieties will enable the hospital antimicrobial agents reduce the number of nearly half, so a lot of antibiotics will be refused admission to hospital outside the gate.
The experts say China has a tradition of using Chinese medicine. Thousands of years Chinese herbal medicine practice has confirmed that many Chinese herbs such as viola, radix, lobelia, dandelion has anti-inflammatory antimicrobial effect. In the situation of antibiotics restrictions, using Chinese herbal medicine to treat infectious diseases will become a mainstream.Source:

Preventative Medicine Can Save Lives And Money

While Congress debates healthcare reform, there is no debating the results of recent studies on Americans’ health. In the last few weeks studies have shown that Americans are not living as long as they should be, our health continues to be undermined by our bad habits and new cases of Alzheimer’s are being reported in record numbers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years, an increase of 1.4 years over the last ten years. However, this is actually one of the lowest numbers among developed nations; even people in Cuba live longer on average. Yet, Americans have the highest healthcare spending per capita in the world (LiveScience).

There are also indications that this number may be the peak for American life expectancy if trends in childhood obesity continue. Not to mention Americans’ bad habits with eating, smoking and exercise that persist despite all the information out there about the benefits of healthy living. Another recent study from Oxford University showed that middle-aged male smokers who also have high blood pressure and cholesterol died a decade sooner on average than their peers without these factors for heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, in the U.S. high blood pressure has fallen since 1999 by only 16 percent, high cholesterol by 19 percent, and tobacco use by just over 15 percent. “People exercise no more than 10 years ago, while rates of obesity have climbed sharply, especially among children.”

As the healthcare debate in Congress gets increasingly more heated and the debaters seem mired down in semantics and politics, the bigger picture of how to make Americans healthier is getting buried under the mudslinging. President Obama has said that the present healthcare system is focused on “excessive defensive medicine.” But even the majority of his proposals have to do with health insurance reform, not necessarily health reform. Again, it might seem like just semantics, but there is a difference.

NBC Nightly News reported recently that cases of Alzheimer’s are rising at an alarming rate around the world. Every 70 seconds in the United States, a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the number of cases is expected to increase 77 percent over the next 40 years. Again the studies showing the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise to help prevent this disease are largely ignored.

Perhaps if there was more emphasis on preventative medicine rather than the defensive medicine the President was bemoaning, health insurance and healthcare would cost a lot less. The cost of dealing with all the new cases of Alzheimer’s will be “staggering,” according to Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC. If more Americans have access to health insurance then they should receive better healthcare, including listening to doctors when they advise more exercise, healthier foods and less bad habits.