A Blood Test May Soon Tell If You Really Need Antibiotics

For the flu or strep, will antibiotics make you feel better, or will the drugs cause side effects and be an expensive waste of time? There may soon be a simple test to know for sure.

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Most Bronchitis and Sinus Infections Don’t Need Antibiotics, CDC Says

Antibiotics are not needed for adults who have the common cold, bronchitis, sore throat, or sinus infections.

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Chill, Your Hair Tie Probably Won’t Give You an Infection

Turns out hair ties can do more harm than disappearing when you need them most. They can also send you to the hospital with a potentially life-threatening infection—or so the Internet would like you to believe.

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Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Resist All Antibiotics

A mutation discovered in people and livestock in China makes bacteria resistant to last-resort drugs.

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The Worst Mistakes You’re Making With Antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance, a major public health threat in the United States.

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Antibiotics Might Cause Weight Gain in Kids, Study Finds

Repeated antibiotic use is linked to greater weight gains in children, and it could affect their weight for the rest of their lives, a new study suggests.

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12 Hospitals That Might Make You Sicker

A new report ranked hospitals on their rates of hospital-acquired infections. These 12 ranked the lowest.

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25 Fast Food Chains Ranked on Antibiotics Usage

Only Chipotle and Panera get an “A.”

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Taking Antibiotics Might Up Risk for Diabetes

Taking antibiotics might increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

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The Antibiotic Myths Parents Need to Stop Believing

Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds.

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