Our featured research news in 2008 looked at new treatment approaches, prevention strategies, drug research, and changes in medical care. The studies also reflected the changes in medical industry to decrease unnecessary costs without cutting care. Here is a quick recap on medication research featured from 2008.
Overuse of antibiotics has contributed to increased numbers of resistant bacteria. Research to determine when antibiotics are useful and when they are ineffective can help.
Researchers followed the length and intensity of a sinus infection between groups of participants. Some received medication including antibiotics and some received no medication at all. In the end
confirmed results of previous studies; antibiotics provided no benefit in treating the length or intensity of a
Other drugs studies found ways to improve quality of life.
A small spray of a hormone medication estradiol was
shown to decrease
menopausal symptoms like hotflashes for some women.
How Does This Affect You?
Medications have made significant contributions to helping people manage many health issues. These treatments can help decrease the chances of developing serious health issues like
and heart disease. Research and development continues to create medication that is highly effective and has the least possible side effects.
If you are on medications, know what results and side effects to look for and talk to your doctor about them. If necessary, your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative medication if you are having trouble with your current one. Take any medication as directed; do not stop taking medication without talking to your doctor first.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a