The next time your child gets an ear infection, or you start to sniffle, you might want to resist the urge to ask your doctor for an antibiotic. And if you have leftover antibiotics from your last infection, throw them awaydont use them for the new flare-up.
By doing so, you could be helping prevent the development of a new superbug bacteria strain, one that cant be stopped by antibiotics.
Its not that you shouldnt use antibiotics if your doctor prescribes them, experts say. Antibiotics are extremely useful drugs for fighting bacterial infection, and pharmaceutical companies have developed specialized ones for different conditions. But its important to use antibiotics more sparingly and appropriately than in the past, because scientists now know that misuse and overuse can lead to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria.
When a cold may be more than a cold
Have you ever had a cold that lasts for weeks, if not months? It may be that your cold has developed into a bothersome, if not dangerous, bacterial sinus infection known as sinusitis.
Left untreated, it can cause asthma, a troublesome cough and even play havoc with your sense of smell and taste.
Experts believe that up to 35 million Americans suffer the symptoms of sinusitis each year, accounting for a large percentage of primary care physician office visits.
Sinusitis usually is preceded by a cold and develops when the sinuseshollow air spacesare inflamed and cant drain. The bacteria in your respiratory system then multiply, causing an infection.
A cold could be more than a cold when:
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The season of change before The Change
In a landmark national study, U-M researchers are looking at the time leading up to and just after menopause in hopes of catching osteoporosis and other problems early and preventing unnecessary hysterectomies.
The study recruited 3,500 women from across the United States, including 500 from Michigan. The data are being analyzed now with results coming out for years to come.
Menopause itself has been focused on for years, because that is when many womens health problems, such as osteoporosis and heart disease, begin to occur.
But doctors recently have determined that the changes that lead to these problems start to occur many years prior to menopausein the perimenopause phase.
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