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' THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 7, 2009, PAGE 8 Health Dr. Howes Antibiotic '  overuse produces superbugs By DR. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medi- cal columnist for The Ponchatoula Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula straw- berry farm. He is a graduate of St. Jo- seph, Ponchatoula High School, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plas- tic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood.) Investigators have found that overuse and misuse of medicines has led to mutations in once-curable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria, making them harder and in some cases impossible to treat. Norwegian doctors prescribe fewer antibiotics than any other country so patients do not develop resistant strains of bacteria. Patients and the medical staff are regularly cultured. Norwegians tough out colds, coughs, and low-grade infections without the use of antibiotics. Unbelievably, Norway does not allow drug companies to advertise and this dramatically cuts down on patient requests (or demands) for medications. Their extraordinarily suc- cessful plan can be readily ad- opted by other countries and the World Health Organization admits that antibiotic resistance is one of the leading public health threats in the world. Japan has the highest MRSA rate globally and Dr. Satoshi Hori, at Juntendo University Hospital in Tokyo, says doctors over-prescribe antibiotics because they are given financial incentives to push drugs on patients. It is a simple fact that the I ii III IIIII II I iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii I IIII I IIIII III II Please join us at the Angel Ball Gala to ..,t Debble's Garden The Ibbte Haffell Albln Retource for ALS p.._ Have You Been Screened? 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There are times when our body needs to build up its own acquired immunity and A Tribute to Terry Ann from Dr. Randolph Howes How sad was the recent passing of Terry Ann McMahon. Her cordial smile and friendly greeting will be everso sadly missed. What a courageous fight she waged against cancer, which only makes my efforts to find a cure more determined. Terry Ann had contributed to the entire community by her efforts to provide quality children's education, her com- munity involvement with the Gardenettes and her enthusi- astic contributions to the long Miss Terry Ann Bryan, I'm so sorry to hear of Terry Ann's passing. Words at a time like this are little comfort, but know that the dignity which she bore throughout her time with us was a credit to our whole community, her gentle nature our example, and her quiet sweetness our blessing. I know you must feel an emp- ty abyss inside. Our prayers are with you that God will bring the Irish spring again one day, and her love for you will spur you on to dreams fulfilled! God Bless You! Bob and Donna Benson Dr. Arvind Yertha selected as North Oaks Physician of the Year for 2009 Pulmonologist Arvind R. Yertha MD, has been selected as North Oaks Health System's Physician of the Year for 2009. The Medical Executive Com- mittees for North Oaks Medical Center and North Oaks Reha- bilitation Hospital selected Dr. Yertha based on his exceptional dedication to people, service, leadership, continuous im- provement in patient care and community involvement. Nominations described Dr. Yertha as genuine and compas- sionate toward his patients and coworkers. Other comments ap- plauded his commitment to ex- cellence in patient care. A member of the North Oaks Medical Staff in January 2008, Dr. Yertha practices with North Oaks Pulmonology in Hammond and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medi- cine. In testament to his com- mitment to community involve- ment, Dr. Yertha has given of his time as a smoking cessation expert and volunteer physician for North Oaks Sports Medicine Physical Day, an annual event that provides free physical ex- ams to nearly 2,000 student- athletes in 1 day. Physician of the Year nomi- nations are accepted annually from North Oaks employees, volunteers and physicians. For more information about the North Oaks Medical Staff, call the North Oaks Physician Hotline at (985) 230-DOCS (3627) or visit the online Physi- cian Directory at WWW.north0- aks.org. antibiotics for viral diseases is an inappropriate waste of money. In developed countries, about one percent carry MRSA on their skin. Norway has shown the way but other countries are slow to respond similarly. Screening, culturing and isolation with treatment can dramatically improve our situation. But, "knowing the right thing" and "doing the right thing" are two different things entirely. history of Ponchatoula's Krewe of Erin and The Ponchatoula Times. She proved herself to be a wonderful mother, grandmoth- er, wife to Bryan and friend to all. Our community has suf- fered a real loss. I know I have. It has been said that a person's life has been meaningful if they can leave the world a better place when they are gone and Terry Ann, you did it with fly- ing colors. Sincerely, Dr. Randolph M. Howes Harry Funeral Hom i ANT!QU:_,S & C OLCTIB 138 West Pine Street- Ponchatoula (985) 386-0150 "Serving Your Family with Dignity, Susan K. 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