MedDay – January 17, 2019

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – A new study suggests nearly a quarter of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adults may be unnecessary. Researchers at the University of Michigan found many doctors write antibiotic prescriptions for illnesses that would get better on their own. Many prescriptions, considered inappropriate, are written on doctor’s offices to patients with private insurance.

New research finds youth suicides in the U.S. are more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership. From 2005 to 2015, the states with the highest youth suicide rates had a household gun ownership rate of more than 50 percent. That’s compared to 20 percent in the states with the ten lowest youth suicide rates. 

And physical activity can help seniors maintain their memory and thinking skills. Researchers in Chicago found daily exercise or even routine physical activity like housework…helped slow dementia. They also found people who had better motor skills also had better memory skills.

Those are some of the day’s top health stories. Hilary Lane, CBS News, New York.

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