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Bug resistance

Antibiotic abuse (A bugís revenge, December 12) has indeed become a nuisance for medical practitioners around the world. I have come across patients who are not just metronidazole resistant, but resistant to other advanced drugs like norfloxacin. Irresponsible prescription in the developed nations has helped superbugs like MRSA thrive in hospital patients. In India, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has been a perrenial problem. The trend indicates that the we are losing a battle against the bugs.

Suresh Ghosh

Just destroy it

Your report on the fatal microbe, Helicobacter pylori, is completely biased (A bugís revenge, December 12). The low incidence of stomach cancer in India doesnít imply that the bug is friendly in these parts of the world. Medical records show that the bacterium is responsible for ulcer in other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, stomach inflammation or gastritis largely remains undiagnosed simply because Indians canít afford proper healthcare. Consequently, we will never know how many people get infected by the bug and how many among them succumb to an infection. In this situation, I think itís better to eradicate the potentially fatal microbe.

Arun Kumar Sharma

Cyber blues

The burgeoning business of pornography through the Internet has turned out into a global menace (Reserved For XXX, December 12). It has spoilt the minds of millions of teenagers in the country. The situation has become all the more complicated because adolescents here donít receive any kind of sexual education. Pornography blockers are not always effective and in many cases, they actually slow down computers. Unless we have a proper cyber law in place, things are not going to change.

Arjun Chaudhuri

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