The Use of Antiviral and Antibiotic Medications

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  • The use of antiviral and antibiotic medications: According to a new study, doctors don’t prescribe antiviral drugs to many patients at high risk for flu complications, while too many of such patients receive unneeded antibiotics instead. As Dr. Fiona Havers and colleagues from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and several other institutions explained in their study: “Our results suggest that during 2012-13, antiviral medications were underprescribed and antibiotics may have been inappropriately prescribed to a large proportion of outpatients with influenza.” These findings indicate that American doctors need better training about the proper use of antiviral and antibiotic drugs in treating flu patients, since unnecessary use of antibiotics contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance.
  • Hot weather might be contributing to obesity: A new study from the University of Texas recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that counties in the US with hot, humid and rainy conditions are much more likely to have obese adults due to less physically activity, than counties with more moderate weather. As the head project researcher and an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs Paul von Hippel explained: “Living in Texas as I do, the results really resonated for me. Around June or July here, it starts getting hard to think about going outside for a jog — or even a brisk walk — after work, which is close to the hottest part of the day. You have to come up with a strategy for staying active in the summer. Are you going to get out in the early morning, which is the coolest part of the day? Are you going to swim? Or are you going to do something indoors, like basketball or ice skating or just walking on a treadmill?”

 

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