Fewer antibiotics to better fight bacterial infections

The increase in antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antibiotics is currently a major global health problem. Reducing the use of antibiotics appears to be one of the only solutions to preserve their effectiveness and limit the emergence of resistance. Relatively long courses of treatment remain standard, however, although they seem to be based…

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This Time, Hardly Anyone Followed Trump’s Lead on Virus Drugs

Newly compiled prescription data shows that President Trump’s decision to take an antimalarial drug to ward off the coronavirus did not inspire many Americans to do the same, reflecting the fast-changing landscape surrounding the virus and efforts to treat it. First-time prescriptions ticked up by only several hundred the day after Mr. Trump mentioned at…

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Trump Administration Sets Demographic Requirements for Coronavirus Reports

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday released new requirements for states to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity, age and sex of individuals tested for the virus, responding to demands from lawmakers for a clearer picture of the pandemic and its racial discrepancies. All laboratories — as well as nonlaboratory facilities offering on-site…

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Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared

CAIRO — For months, one enduring mystery of the coronavirus was why some of the world’s most populous countries, with rickety health systems and crowded slums, had managed to avoid the brunt of an outbreak that was burning through relatively affluent societies in Europe and the United States. Now some of those countries are tumbling…

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Doctors Heavily Overprescribed Antibiotics Early in the Pandemic

The desperately ill patients who deluged the emergency room at Detroit Medical Center in March and April exhibited the telltale symptoms of the coronavirus: high fevers and infection-riddled lungs that left them gasping for air. With few treatment options, doctors turned to a familiar intervention: broad-spectrum antibiotics, the shot-in-the-dark medications often used against bacterial infections…

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Dr. Bertram Brown, Mental Health Advocate, Is Dead at 89

Dr. Bertram S. Brown, a psychiatrist who figured prominently in federal efforts to re-envision public programs to deal with mental health and intellectual disabilities in the 1960s and ’70s, died on May 14 in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He was 89. The cause was cardiovascular disease, his daughter Wendy Brown-Blau said. A Brooklyn native who was…

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Two Huge Covid-19 Studies Are Retracted After Scientists Sound Alarms

The studies, published in renowned scientific journals, produced astounding results and altered the course of research into the coronavirus pandemic. One undercut President Trump’s claim that certain antimalarial drugs cure Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus, concluding that the medications in fact were dangerous to patients. The other found that some blood pressure drugs…

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Hecky Powell, Barbecue Master and Civic Leader, Dies at 71

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Hecky Powell had a deal with one of his longtime employees, a woman who had struggled with a drug habit. Every time she attended a rehab meeting, he paid her $15. If she worked a…

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90+ Black Creators, Influencers, and Tastemakers to Follow Right Now

Courtesy of Instagram One of the best ways to support Black people right now, in addition to shopping Black-owned businesses, is to elevate Black voices and creators on social media platforms. We all know how a platform like Instagram can change peoples’ lives and encourage entrepreneurship. However, most of the top fashion and beauty faces…

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Jake Paul Charged With Misdemeanor Trespassing After Mall Looting

The social media influencer Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after videos appeared to show him participating in a looting at a mall in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. Videos of Mr. Paul, a YouTube star with more than 20 million subscribers, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall with friends circulated…

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