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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More Antibiotic Use Tied to Rise in Diarrheal Infections in Hospitals: Study

Greater use of antibiotics is the main reason for an increase in the number and severity of Clostridium difficile infections among hospitalized children and elderly people, researchers report. This type of bacteria is the most common cause of diarrhea in hospitals and is linked to 14,000 deaths in the United States each year.

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Antibiotics in Childhood May Increase Bowel Disease Risk: Study

Use of certain antibiotics may put children at higher risk for developing bowel diseases, new research has found. The earlier children take antibiotics and the more they take, the higher the risk of later developing the inflammatory bowel diseases known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the researchers found.

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