Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed

Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they’re actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.

Read more

Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients’ odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests.

Read more

Don’t Use THIS Treatment for ‘Swimmer’s Ear’

Anyone who’s ever contracted “swimmer’s ear” knows how painful the infection can be. Now, updated expert guidelines stress that the condition is best managed by antibiotics or antibacterials given as eardrops rather than by antibiotics in pill form.

Read more

Emergency Rooms are Still Pushing Antibiotics

The inappropriate use of antibiotics among adult patients at U.S. emergency departments is not falling, despite increasing concerns about antibiotic resistance, a new study reveals. Improper antibiotic use is a contributing factor to antibiotic resistance, the University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers noted.

Read more

FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

As experts continue to sound alarm bells about the rising resistance of microbes to antibiotics used by humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced it was curbing the use of the drugs in livestock nationwide.

Read more

Too Many People Still Taking Antibiotics for Sore Throats, Bronchitis

Despite efforts to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many doctors still prescribe them for illnesses that don’t respond to the medications, Harvard researchers report.
Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, and yet they are prescribed at a rate of 60 percent for sore throats and 73 percent for bronchitis, conditions that are typically caused by viruses, the scientists said.

Read more

Certain Antibiotics Tied to Blood Sugar Swings in Diabetics

Diabetes patients who take a certain class of antibiotics are more likely to have severe blood sugar fluctuations than those who take other types of the drugs, a new study finds.

Read more

Unneeded Antibiotics May Lead to Diarrheal Illness, Study Finds

Medical officials have long warned about the overuse of antibiotics, whose germ-killing powers have boosted the prevalence of deadly infections by eliminating good bacteria and allowing stronger bugs to prosper. Now, a new study suggests that many patients with a diarrhea-causing infection are prescribed antibiotics that lead to repeated bouts of illness.

Read more

Most Coughs Don’t Respond to Antibiotics, Study Confirms

Commonly prescribed antibiotics don’t help cure most coughs in adults, new research confirms. Patients with a cough or bronchitis are often prescribed antibiotics, and previous studies have had conflicting results about their effectiveness.

Read more

Drop in Obesity: Why Antibiotics, Plastic, and Programs Might Matter

You may have heard that childhood obesity rates are finally starting to drop a teensy bit after years of climbing ever higher. This is fantastic news for a nation that now counts 17% of its residents under the age of 20 as obese.

Read more

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,391,362 other followers

Powered by VIP