TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quickly clobbering a cold with a certain antibiotic might help kids who are prone to severe respiratory tract infections, a new study suggests.
Doctors generally are advised not to prescribe antibiotics for routine viruses like the common cold. But for especially vulnerable children, one antibiotic in particular -- azithromycin -- might thwart more serious illness, researchers said.
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Japan has acknowledged that a worker at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power installation has developed leukemia.
A landmark study finds that talk therapy -- in conjunction with lower doses of medication -- can help schizophrenia patients. (The New York Times)
Here's a brief guide to Big Pharma, courtesy of The Week.
Difficulty gaining access to pentobarbital and other drugs used for lethal injections forced Ohio to postpone executions of condemned prisoners until 2017.
Health insurance giants Aetna and Humana are set to become a single super giant after their shareholders approved a merger.
David Gorski at the Science Based Medicine blog takes a really, really close look at that study of Choosing Wisely's effectiveness.
BMJ blogger Richard Lehman wonders why anyone would use the acronym NEUROSIS for a trial of inhaled steroids for premature infants.
Oprah Winfrey put her money where her mouth is, buying a big block of stock in Weight Watchers and taking a seat on the WW board. (Dealbook New York Times)
"Diseases I Have According To WebMD." Let us know if you need a second opinion. (McSweeney's)
The American Heart Association acknowledged that the vice-chair of the committee that drafted the 2013 guidelines for the management of cholesterol failed to disclose $110,000 in research grants from Lilly for studies of an experimental cholesterol treatment. The AHA said the omission was inadvertent, but wrong. Oops. (Pharmalot/STAT)
A group of more info explorers found a lot more than they bargained for: leishmaniasis. (Maryn McKenna at Nat Geo)
Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom is reportedly doing better after his brush with death, apparently brought on by a combination of cocaine and herbal sexual enhancement drugs.
Also improving is the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola but returned to the hospital last week with late complication, according to Reuters.
The ICD-10 roll out hasn't been smooth across the board. Here's a guide to the OMG codes to guide doctors in the pain they're feeling in implementation. "OMG 000.19 Nervous breakdown due to ICD-10, fetal position." (Gomer Blog)
And here's a handy, illustrated guide to the ICD-10 called "Struck by Orca."
Work on a MERS vaccine is beginning, according to the WHO.
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The General Dental Council (GDC) is today launching a new confidential helpline for dental professionals who may have a concern that they need to raise at work.
Principle 8 of Standards for the Dental Team is to 'raise concerns if patients are at risk'.
It sets out the obligations of every registered dental professional to put patients' interests first and act to protect them. This means that any dental professional must raise a concern if they believe patients or colleagues are at risk, and they must act on any concern that is raised.
However, the GDC does understand that raising a concern is often easier said than done.
Whilst there is a professional responsibility to raise concerns, taking the decision to raise a concern can be a very difficult one, for a click range of reasons. Knowing who to raise your concern with you can also https://www.metlife.com/ be challenging.
The GDC has teamed up with Public Concern at Work - a charity that provides free, confidential advice to people who are concerned about wrongdoing at work to produce new advice for its registrants.
This guidance can be found on the GDC website here.
A confidential helpline has also been launched for dental professionals who wish to discuss their concerns with an impartial adviser.
This helpline is being run by Public Concern at Work. You can call them on 0800 668 1329.
Image copyright SPL UK scientists are seeking permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.
Researchers at The Francis Crick Institute in London want to use a controversial genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.
The embryos would be destroyed after the research and not implanted into the womb.
The government's fertility watchdog said it had received the application, which would be looked at in d