Medications

Australian GPs widely offering placebos, new study finds

Most Australian GPs have used a placebo in practice at least once, with active placebos (active treatments used primarily to generate positive expectations) more commonly used than inert placebos, according to a new study.

Medications

Think you're allergic to penicillin? You are probably wrong

More than 30 million people in the United States wrongly believe they are allergic to penicillin—resulting in millions of dollars in added health care costs, adverse side effects from the use of more powerful antibiotics ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Physicians slow to use effective new antibiotics against superbugs

New, more effective antibiotics are being prescribed in only about a quarter of infections by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a family of the world's most intractable drug-resistant bacteria, according to an ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Antibiotics: beneficial side effects are starting to come to light

The discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s has contributed to longer and healthier lives, and they are now being used more widely than ever before. The main reason that antibiotics are prescribed is to kill bacterial infections. ...

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