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Results of a focus group brought to light the perspectives of 29 women (mean age 46 years) experiencing urinary tract infections (UTI). The results, reported in the Journal of Urology, identified 7 themes (below) in these categories: 1) the problems with taking antibiotics and 2) resentment towards...

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In an article in the PNAS journal, researchers report the power of 3 antibiotics against chronic pain, possibly reducing the need for opioids. The study abstract reports that “demeclocycline, chlortetracycline, and minocycline can be repurposed for treatment of neuropathic pain and potentially for...

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The American College of Gastroenterology has published its first-ever guideline for the management of irritable bowel syndrome. Guideline coauthor Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, commented, "We identified 25 clinically important questions that clinicians frequently ask and then used GRADE (Grading of...

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An article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings cautions use of antibiotics in children under 2. Data from over 14,500 children born in Minnesota between 2003 and 2011 were studied. At least 1 antibiotic was prescribed in the first 2 years of life in over 10,000 (70%) children. Results showed that “Early...

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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found antibiotics used for appendicitis “noninferior” to surgical removal of the appendix. Over a quarter of a million people every year have an appendectomy; it’s in the top 20 of most commonly performed surgeries. In this study, over 1550 patients...

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