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Does a short course of antibiotics work?

Does a short course of antibiotics work to fight infection? It depends.  The American College of Physicians recommends FIVE days of antibiotics for pneumonia (when it’s community acquired—not hospital or nursing home acquired).  Five days is also recommended for COPD … Continue reading

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Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics. Does this surprise anyone?!

Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics.  Does this surprise anyone? JAMA Internal Medicine recently published a study including 2.7 million urgent care visits, 48,000 retail clinic visits, 4.8 million emergency department visits and 148.5 million medical … Continue reading

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Antibiotic use may be related to developing asthma later in life.

We know that the number of people with asthma has significantly increased over the last three decades. In addition, a recent study out of the United Kingdom found that children who were given antibiotics during infancy were at a higher … Continue reading

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