The study of a direct-to-consumer telemedicine service found that visits for respiratory tract infections resulted in antibiotic prescriptions 67% of the time, nonantibiotics 13% of the time, and no prescription 20% of the time.
The AMR Challenge calls on medical organizations, governments, and private industry to commit to taking actionable steps to combat antibiotic resistance around the world.
The risk reduction was greater with increasing duration of use and persisted for several years after discontinuation, although there was no observed effect with use of progestogen-only products.
An 81-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-year history of headaches, redness of the face, and itching. She has hypertension and takes hydrochlorothiazide. Blood pressure is 160/90 mm Hg, BMI is 19, and abdominal examination shows splenomegaly. After laboratory studies, what is the most appropriate diagnostic test to perform next?
An accompanying editorial noted that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) may be less effective in the right colon in part because lesions grow more rapidly and bleed less.
Low literacy has been linked to higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services, both of which are associated with higher health care costs.