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Antibiotics Given to Prevent Premature Birth Could be Useless

Pregnant women have been given antibiotics to prevent premature births, but according to a recent study, the treatment is not only useless, but could also be linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout the world.
The study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, reported antibiotics do not benefit the mother or infant in any way — having no effect on birthweight or reducing complications.
Antibiotics were found to cause negative side effects in 22% of participants, who experienced stomach problems, such as vomiting. Only 9% who were not given the drug had similar side effects.
The majority of women who are given antibiotics during pregnancy have bacterial vaginosis, a chronic vaginal inflammation caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, which can cause premature
births.
The world wide health community warns that the unnecessary use of antibiotics drugs has introduced “super bacteria;” antibiotic resistant bacteria, and according to the World Health
Organization, the outbreak of epidemics, such as AIDS, may have also been caused by the misuse and abuse of antibiotic drug use.
SOURCE: HealthWatch online; www.wcanews.com/archives, May 2000; The New England Journal of Medicine, 2000; 342:534-540