Antibiotics Instead of Surgery for Appendicitis, and Other Surprising Facts

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Antibiotics have been shown to be as effective as surgery in many cases of appendicitis in adults. A recent review shows the same effectiveness in children. This does not mean that antibiotics should be used for any little tummy ache. Indiscrimina...

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Superbugs Are Here, Now Causing Infections Resistant to All Antibiotics

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

The existence of so-called superbugs was predicted, but we are only recently seeing it in horrifying real life.  A Nevada woman died from an overwhelming infection caused by bacteria that were resistant to all antibiotics the hospital had, and to al...

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These Top 3 Drugs Send People to Emergency Rooms

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Medication side effects result in ER visits in 1 in 250 Americans every year. But its even worse for people 65 and older: 1 in 100 show up in the ER each year for drug side effects so severe as to need immediate medical attention. The top three dr...

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Skip These Drugs If You Have an Asthma Attack

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Antibiotics don’t help recovery from asthma. A new study followed about 200 people who presented with asthma attacks, and allowed half of them to be put on an antibiotic (azithromycyin, or Zithromax), in addition to the usual asthma meds that open ...

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Less Antibiotic Use Results in Shorter Hospital Stays

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

In the case of antibiotics to treat pneumonia less is better according to a new study. For decades, the routine treatment of pneumonia has been the prescription of ‘big gun’ antibiotics in a shotgun approach to killing all possible bact...

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Common Ingredient in Disinfectant Wipes Makes Deadly Bacteria Resistant to Super-Drug

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Chlorhexidine, an ingredient in antibacterial wipes and disinfectants, forces bacteria to genetically mutate to survive the world’s strongest antibiotic. Chlorhexidine is an ingredient in everything from skin disinfectants to deodorants, toothpaste...

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Death From Medical Care

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.  A new study estimates far higher rates of death from medical error than had been previously calculated - just over 400,000 deaths per year in the...

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Bacterial Sex Leads to Antibiotic Resistance

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Bacterial sex allows for swapping little pieces of DNA, especially parts of the code that promote survival under tough conditions. When bacteria are being attacked by antibiotics, the very few organisms among millions that have drug resistant genes g...

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Medications Cause More Death or Permanent Disability in the Elderly Than Any Other Treatment

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

A new study has found that medications are more often injurious than delay or failure to diagnose or treat an illness. Prescription meds are more dangerous to the elderly than minor surgical procedures, dental treatment, injections, vaccinations, phy...

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Excess Antibiotics Linked to Diabetes

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

People who had more antibiotic prescriptions were more likely to develop diabetes, according to a Danish study comparing 170,000 diabetics to the non-diabetic population. One explanation could be that pre-diabetics are somehow more prone to infection...

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