Navigation Links
Doctors should stop prescribing antibiotics for the common cold, review advises

Antibiotics should not be prescribed to patients with the common cold because there is scant evidence they stop other infections, and the benefits do not outweigh the risks, according to a new systematic review of current evidence.

"Antibiotics appear to have no benefit in the treatment of acute upper respiratory tract infections," conclude Dr. Bruce Arroll and Dr. Timothy Kenealy of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. "The implications for practice are that prescription of antibiotics should not be given in the first instance as they will not improve the symptoms and adult patients will get adverse effects."

In addition to the side effects, mainly diarrhea, "overuse can increase levels of antibiotic resistance in the community," the review advises.

Colds are caused by viruses and not bacteria, upon which antibiotics act, yet, says Arroll, "There is evidence of high usage of antibiotics for the common cold in spite of doubts about the efficacy of such therapy." The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic. Arroll reviewed 12 trials that included more than 1,900 patients with symptoms lasting for seven days or less or with colds that included runny noses with colored discharge for 10 days or less. The patients had been given either antibiotics or placebo. "People receiving antibiotics did no better in terms of lack of cure or persistence of symptoms than those on placebo," Arroll says.

The goal of the study, according to the authors, was to determine if antibiotics reduce general cold symptoms such as sneezing, inflammation of the nose and throat; if antibiotics have any effect on pus-like nasal discharge; and if antibiotics have significant side eff
'"/>

Source:Center for the Advancement of Health


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Doctors closer to using gene analysis to help trauma patients
2. New Discovery May Help Doctors Treat Infertility
3. Tsunami-damaged coral reefs should be left to recover naturally, say scientists
4. Newest HIV drugs should be used with FUZEON(R)
5. Discovery of an American salamander where it shouldnt be: Korea
6. Scientists discover stem cell origin of neck and shoulders
7. WCS says avian flu prevention should focus on farms, markets
8. Brains response to visual stimuli helps us to focus on what we should see, rather than all there is to see
9. Tsunami + 1 year: Reviving exhausted fisheries should trump replacing boats, gear, experts say
10. Minimal genome should be twice the size, study shows
11. How the US drug safety system should be changed
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/18/2014)... The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) today confirmed that seven officials ... least seven more will participate in the upcoming 2014 PDA ... Washington D.C. , Dec. 2-4. ... the regulatory agencies in the United States ... to help advance the use of metrics in the regulatory ...
(Date:11/12/2014)... , Nov. 12, 2014 Crossmatch™, a leading ... its U.are.U ® fingerprint readers have been deployed ... Central Mexico . The bakery chain ... eliminate payroll issues caused by employees clocking in for ... U.are.U fingerprint readers, Montparnasse relied on paper timecards and ...
(Date:11/7/2014)... led by Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor, biomedical ... The City College of New York, have identified ... for one of the most aggressive forms of ... have a high mortality rate owing to aggressive ... therapeutic options. However, Professor Auguste,s team, discovered the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FDA's Janet Woodcock, EMA's Emer Cooke Headline PDA Quality Metrics Conference 2Montparnasse Pasteleria Achieves Time and Attendance Transparency with Crossmatch U.are.U Fingerprint Readers 2
... recently opened pulp mill in Chile has devastated one ... its famed population of black-necked swans, along with most ... Monday. , "What was probably the largest population of ... out in less than a year. It is an ...
... may revolutionize the way birth defects are studied has identified ... birth defects. , Methotrexate (MTX), a popular cancer-fighting drug ... lupus, lasts a long time in the body and causes ... their systems. The study of the drug's effect on fruit ...
... a nanoscale 'compass' inside bacteria orients them to the ... like a compass needle inside the magnetic field. Until ... magnetosomes into a stable chain, against their physical tendency ... and imaging processes, researchers from the Max Planck Institue ...
Cached Biology News:Pulp mill devastates swans' sanctuary in Chile 2Fruit fly research set to revolutionize study of birth defects 2Bacteria which sense the Earth's magnetic field 2Bacteria which sense the Earth's magnetic field 3Bacteria which sense the Earth's magnetic field 4
(Date:11/26/2014)... (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 Global ... by 2019 growing at an estimated CAGR of ... for healthy food products with least ecological impacts, ... mineral fertilizers to boost crop yield more effectively ... products that can improve the return on investments. ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 2014 ... is an in-depth research report on the Global ... report introduces Palmitic Acid, basic information, including definition, ... analysis, and news analysis, etc. , For ... Palmitic Acid market in China and ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 25, 2014  Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA ... solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens, today announced that ... Jaffray  26 th Annual Healthcare Conference on December 2, ... The New York Palace in New York, NY ... concerning the Company, its operations, strategies and prospects may be ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... Belgium , Nov. 24, 2014 ... focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer and other conditions, ... will be presented at the Science for Business BioWin Day ... Belgium . The data come from VolitionRx,s lung cancer ... Pneumology department of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Liege ...
Breaking Biology Technology:2019 Biostimulants Market to Grow at a CAGR of 12.5% Says a New Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 22019 Biostimulants Market to Grow at a CAGR of 12.5% Says a New Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 32019 Biostimulants Market to Grow at a CAGR of 12.5% Says a New Research Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 4Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 2Palmitic Acid Industry Global 2014 Analysis & 2020 Forecasts on Market data, Statics, Development Now at ReportsnReports.com 3Roka Bioscience to Present at the Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference 2VolitionRx to Present Positive Data from Pilot Lung Cancer Study at BioWin Day 2014 2VolitionRx to Present Positive Data from Pilot Lung Cancer Study at BioWin Day 2014 3VolitionRx to Present Positive Data from Pilot Lung Cancer Study at BioWin Day 2014 4VolitionRx to Present Positive Data from Pilot Lung Cancer Study at BioWin Day 2014 5VolitionRx to Present Positive Data from Pilot Lung Cancer Study at BioWin Day 2014 6
... November 26 Sosei,Group Corporation ("Sosei"; TSE Mothers Index: ... its IP and Know How,relating to the RS(+) isomer ... pharma company, for the treatment and prophylaxis of,malaria. , ... highly efficacious anti-malarial drug that is approved in,its racemic ...
... REGISTRY, the world,s most,authoritative collection of disclosed chemical substance ... Registry Number(R),1073662-18-6 recently was assigned to an azulenobenzofuran derivative. ... http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081125/CLTU095 ) , ... The 40 millionth substance was ...
... Sangamo BioSciences,Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO ) announced ... an update on the progress of Sangamo,s ZFP Therapeutic,development ... at,4:30 pm (ET) on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at ... York. The company will also update the,financial community ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sosei Announces the Out-licensing of RS(+) Mefloquine to Treague Ltd for the Treatment and Prophylaxis of Malaria 2CAS Registers 40 Millionth Substance in CAS REGISTRY(SM) 2Sangamo BioSciences to Webcast Annual Investor and Analyst Briefing and Presentation at Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference 2
... The BV-10 offers precision beveling ... and 50m. The unique abrasive ... free for greater control of ... be accomplished very rapidly and ...
... Lyophilized. Lyophilized from 2 mM sodium ... human liver. Cathepsin D is a major ... as a 52 kDa proenzyme. Overexpression of ... associated with higher risk of relapse and ...
Rat Hepatocytes (RH) (>3,000,000 cells)...
... Buffer is a concentrated formulation of a ... capillary action technology, as well as for ... with David Brigati M.D., Department of Pathology, ... buffer is recommended for all the rinsing ...
Biology Products: