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A 30-year-old member asked:

what can be done out many deaths in us hospitals from germs they got there?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Maybe 48000/yr: Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections tend to be antibiotic-resistant. It is is a mistake to think that all are from failed infection control or poor care. Bacterial infection is the final, inevitable event in the course of most chronic, progressive illness, and happens in many catastrophic illnesses, and the "super-bugs" in hospitals pose little threat to those who work there.

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Do many have lymphoma?

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How many years can a junkie stay on metadone and how can he get it?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
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Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Many: A junkie may stay on Methadone for ever but should be tapered over a several month period of time to get clean. You need a doctor with a special dea license to prescribe Methadone for this use. You need to see public health office and they can direct you to a clinic.

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