Antibiotic-Resistant Illnesses

Dementia residents among most antibiotic-resistant, study reveals

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Because they are prone to rehospitalization, typically demand intensive hands-on care and are heavy users of antibiotics, advanced dementia residents in nursing homes commonly harbor dangerous strains of drug-resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.

An easy way to reduce antibiotics

An easy way to reduce antibiotics

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It is tempting to run to my internist and beg for an antibiotic to stem what could be a sinus infection, but is more likely, much like the polar vortex, a cold that won't go away. I was reminded of the need to hold back by a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine that reminds us that nearly half the antibiotic prescriptions given for respiratory infections are incorrect, as the majority of the diseases in question are viruses.