Medical Notes: Week of July 21, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 21, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of June 16, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 16, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of June 9, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 9, 2019.

Penicillin Allergy: Not really, most of the time

Millions of Americans believe they are allergic to penicillin. However, most of them are wrong. Experts discuss how these misdiagnoses happen and what results when so many of us avoid the most effective, yet cheapest antibiotic.

Rethinking Antibiotics

Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes to just a few days and even prompting doctors to advise not using all pills if patients feel better.

17-17 Segment 1: Penicillin Allergy? Probably Not

Experts discuss how penicillin allergy misdiagnoses happen and what results when so many of us avoid the most effective, yet cheapest antibiotic.

17-12 Segment 1: Shortening the Course of Antibiotics

Since the introduction of antibiotics doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary but bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation.

17-08 Segment 1: Antibiotics and Farm Animals

Experts discuss new federal rules regarding the use of antibiotics in food animals, where the majority of US antibiotics are consumed.