Nov 9 2011

Public Health News Roundup: November 9

Pediatricians Routinely Overprescribe Antibiotics

A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds pediatricians may be prescribing more than 10 million doses of unneeded antibiotics each year for conditions including the flu and respiratory viruses—conditions for which the antibiotics are generally not effective. Read more news on children's health.

Study: Alarming Number of Teens Drink, Use Drugs

A study in the Archives of General Psychiatry finds that about a third of U.S. teenagers regularly use alcohol, 19 percent use drugs and 15 percent abuse both. The information was compiled from confidential surveys on tens of thousands of teens. The researchers found that Native American teens were the most likely ethnic group to use drugs or alcohol, though the problem exists among some tribes and not others, and the researchers say it is important to further refine that data. Read more on substance abuse.

Public Smoking Bans Seem to Increase Voluntary Bans in Homes

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who live in communities with smoke-free bars and restaurants are more likely to continue those bans in their own homes, even in homes with smokers. Homes with children were most likely to be smoke-free, according to the study. Get the latest tobacco news.

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