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Physicians seem to be recommending fewer OTC cough and cold medications to American kids, according to a new study published on July 29 in JAMA Pediatrics. On the flip side, recommendations for antihistamines increased overall and appeared strongest for children younger than 12 years, according to researchers who examined data from a sample of 3.1 billion pediatric visits from 2002 to 2015.
CDC officials are urging more pharmacists to expand access to naloxone, the opioid antagonist that is used to prevent an opioid overdose.
CDC continues to investigate the rising number of lung injury cases that are associated with the use of e-cigarettes products and vaping. As of September 19, CDC reported 530 cases of lung injury from 38 states and one U.S. territory. Seven deaths have been confirmed in six states. Data are being updated weekly on CDC’s outbreak website.
Many Americans are taking antibiotics without a prescription, according to a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The results reveal an understudied public health problem in the United States that could be contributing to the growing risk of antimicrobial resistance.