Well­ness Arti­cles

Antibi­otics Usage Shown Not help­ful for Kids In New Study

The Asso­ci­ated Press reported on a study by a group of Pedi­a­tri­cians who stud­ied 383 chil­dren with acute res­pi­ra­tory tract ill­ness, rang­ing from infants to age 12. The study con­ducted over a one year period was pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics. Of the three hun­dred eighty-​three chil­dren in the study, 293 (77%) did not receive antibiotics.

The doc­tors com­pared the return office vis­its for the group that received antibi­otics with the group that did not. The results showed that 44% of those treated with antibi­otics returned for addi­tional treat­ment while only 29% of those who did not receive antibi­otics had to return. Dr. Michael Pichichero, one of the authors of the study, con­cluded that while some doc­tors will pre­scribe antibi­otics for nearly all patients with res­pi­ra­tory infec­tions, “there is no sci­en­tific ratio­nale for such antibi­otic use.”

In spite of these num­bers, a recent sur­vey by the cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) showed that 86% of pedi­a­tri­cians in Geor­gia rou­tinely pre­scribe antibi­otics for bron­chi­tis, even though such use is rarely jus­ti­fied. The CDC goes on to say that 42% of pedi­a­tri­cians sur­veyed pre­scribe antibi­otics for the com­mon cold which is caused by a virus and which antibi­otics have no effect on.

Ran­dom Article

In the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (JAMA) is an arti­cle that reports on the increased usage of psy­chotropic med­ica­tions (Ritalin,

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