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Amoxicillin 500mg as a Bacteriostatic Antibiotic

What are antibiotics? Antibiotic is a class of pharmacological drugs that is used to stop bacterial growth. Antibiotics could either be bactericidal or bacteriostatic. Bactericidal means it kills the bacteria that is producing the infection. On the other hand, when we say bacteriostatic, it stops the growth of the microorganisms thus preventing the progress of infection.

Amoxicillin 500mg is an example of a bacteriostatic antibiotic. It does not kill the bacteria, instead it stops the growth of bacteria by altering their protein synthesis. Amoxicillin 500mg is used to treat respiratory infections, nose infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. There is no standard amoxicillin dosage for everyone. Basically, it will depend on the age and weight of the patient. Read more…

NDP wins majority in Nova Scotia

Darrell Dexter's New Democrats won a majority in Tuesday's Nova Scotia election, as the Progressive Conservatives fell from the seat of power to third place behind the Liberal Party. [Halifax Chronicle Herald]

The new NDP government, led by new Premier Darrell Dexter (left), inherits an interesting and fairly ambitious five-year collective agreement made between the last government and Doctors Nova Scotia last year. [Canadian Medicine] It will be interesting to see how the NDP reconfigures its health policy priorities to accommodate the agreement, and it will be just as interesting to see what kind of changes Mr Dexter will want to make to the "transformational system-wide realignment" plan of early 2008, which he was critical of when it was released. [National Review of Medicine]

If you'd like to know what kinds of health policy promises were made and positions were advanced by the NDP during the campaign, you can consult the Doctors Nova Scotia voting guide here.

Photo: Government of Nova Scotia

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