29 Sep '12, 11am

Antibiotic Overuse Highest in the South and Midwest

In every quarter of the year antibiotic overuse was highest in the South and the Midwest. Use is highest overall in the wintertime, which could be a result of people with common colds asking for antibiotics. It’s an ineffective practice considering that viruses cause common colds, not the bacteria which antibiotics treat, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported on LiveScience . Problematic for Elderly This is especially problematic for the elderly, who are more vulnerable to drug resistant superbugs. Using data on Medicare prescriptions, researchers found that the most prescriptions were written for older Americans in the South and Midwest: 21.4 percent of Medicare patients in the South and 19.2 percent of those in the Midwest within a three year period. The least prescriptions were written in the West at 17.4 percent. "Patients...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/antibiotic-overuse-highe...

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