While I’m hardly the first blogger to ever wonder about what the bloggysphere likes and dislikes, I’m curious to find out if anyone actually reads the posts about antibiotic resistance.
Typically, I get the occasional comment or email from someone who has suffered personally from these infections. But other than that, I don’t get many site hits or comments (this post was one exception). Mind you, this won’t stop me from commenting on this problem, but I still wonder: does anyone actually read this stuff? Would there be issues related to this topic people would like to hear about?
Because this really does matter. Boring, bacterial infections are a huge public health problem, both in the developing world and in the U.S. In the U.S., 90,000 people per year die from hospital-acquired bacterial infections, which is double the number who die from breast cancer, and five times the number who die from AIDS.
Instead, I get tons of hits for referring to those in the government who believe that the world is 6000 years old as the Easter Bunny wing of the Republican Party. Not that I mind getting that idea out there, mind you, but still, 90,000 dead per year is a little more important. Hell, I even broke a story about possible FDA manipulation of results related to the potential misuse of an antibiotic, and barely a peep. Oh well, at least people paid attention to my posts about the Houston strikers.
Programming note: Thanks to the ScienceBlogs Blogerator 8100, I have the ability to post while not near my computer. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting about antibiotic resistance.