Publication date: 
Mon., Jul. 22, 2019 2:00pm EDT ·

Many Americans Take Antibiotics Without a Prescription

Many Americans use antibiotics without a prescription, according to an analysis of 31 prior studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found patients have a variety of ways to obtain antibiotics without a prescription, including saving leftovers from a prior valid prescription, obtaining them from family or friends and buying them online.

Publication date: 
Tue., Jul. 9, 2019 2:00pm EDT ·

Few supplements have proven heart benefits

A new study indicates that few nutritional supplements appear to be effective in protecting people from developing or dying from cardiovascular disease. Researchers examined data from 277 trials with a total of almost 1 million participants to evaluate the effects of 16 different nutritional supplements and 8 dietary interventions related to heart problems and strokes. The majority of the diets, supplements, vitamins, and minerals failed to protect against heart attack or stroke or reduce the risk of death from heart-related causes, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.