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2008-07-24 00:00:18

THE latest drive to cut the number of people given antibiotics for common coughs and colds begins today. Figures show that a quarter of people in England and Wales visit GPs every year with symptoms of respiratory tract infections. Such patients account for 60 per cent of all antibiotic prescribing in general practice - a figure that health experts are trying to reduce. Over-prescribing has been linked to the emergence of "superbugs", which are resistant to most forms of the drug....

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2008-03-15 00:00:00

British researchers are calling on doctors to cut back on prescribing antibiotics to patients with common sinus infections because the drugs don't work.  An analysis of nine trials published in the journal The Lancet found antibiotics were ineffective treatments even in people who had been ill for more seven days. Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses, small air pockets inside the cheekbones and forehead. Infected sinuses can cause blocked and runny noses, sinus pain, and...

2006-03-13 17:45:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to antibiotics in the first year of life may increase the risk of developing asthma later in childhood, researchers report. In fact, there may even be a higher risk with each additional course of antibiotics. However, the investigators say they cannot exclude the possibility of "reverse causation" -- in which the presence of asthma leads to more frequent respiratory tract infections, which in turn increases the rate of antibiotic use. The prevalence of...

2005-11-08 16:16:07

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doctors often improperly prescribe antibiotics to children complaining of sore throats but could avoid that mistake by administering a simple test for strep throat, a study said on Tuesday. American physicians prescribe antibiotics for 53 percent of the estimated 7.3 million children with sore throats who visit a doctor each year, the eight-year study said. But antibiotics are called for in just the 15 percent to 36 percent of cases where the source of the pain...

2005-11-08 16:15:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Doctors often improperly prescribe antibiotics to children complaining of sore throats but could avoid that mistake by administering a simple test for strep throat, a study said on Tuesday. American physicians prescribe antibiotics for 53 percent of the estimated 7.3 million children with sore throats who visit a doctor each year, the eight-year study said. But antibiotics are called for in just the 15 percent to 36 percent of cases where the source of the pain and...

2005-10-18 14:42:25

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children of doctors and pharmacists are significantly less likely to be given antibiotics for common colds and viral respiratory infections compared with children in the general population, Taiwanese researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Yiing-Jenq Chou of National Yang Ming University, Taipei and colleagues note that antibiotic resistance might be reduced if parents were better informed about the uselessness of these agents in viral...

2005-09-20 14:21:26

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acne patients who have been taking antibiotics for at least six weeks are twice as likely to develop an upper respiratory tract infection as those who aren't on antibiotic treatment, according to the results of a new study. Patients who need antibiotics for acne should not stop taking the drugs, Dr. David J. Margolis of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia told Reuters Health. However, physicians and patients...

2005-09-19 15:47:51

CHICAGO "“ Individuals treated with antibiotics for acne for more than six weeks were more than twice as likely to develop an upper respiratory tract infection within one year as individuals with acne who were not treated with antibiotics, according to an article in the September issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Although there is considerable concern that the overuse of antibiotics will lead to resistant organisms and an increase in infectious...

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2005-08-09 15:45:00

NEW YORK -- The numerous childhood vaccines administered today do not increase the risk of kids being hospitalized with infections that are not covered by the shots, a population-based study suggests. In fact, some evidence indicates that vaccination may have protective effects against non-targeted infections. Anders Hviid and colleagues explain in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association that there has been some concern that the increasing complexity of childhood vaccine...

2005-06-21 17:35:00

Patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, who were given antibiotics had little difference in symptom relief compared to patients who did not receive antibiotics, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA. Acute lower respiratory tract illness is the most common condition treated in primary care, according to background information in the article. In the United States, excess antibiotic prescribing is mainly for pharyngitis and acute...


Latest Upper respiratory tract infection Reference Libraries

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2011-01-12 16:27:29

The common cold is a viral disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Symptoms usually include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and a fever. There is no known treatment to shorten the duration of the virus yet the cold normally dissipates after 7 to 10 days. It is the most common infectious disease in humans who on average are infected two to four times a year in adults. It can also be called a upper respiratory tract infection. Other...

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