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Simple test could cut unnecessary antibiotic use

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Doctors would know which respiratory tract infections need prescriptions   updated 2 hours, 34 minutes ago LONDON – If doctors used an existing simple lab test on patients with coughs or flu-like symptoms they would be better able to decide which of them might benefit from antibiotics, scientists said on Thursday. They said prescriptions of expensive antibiotics for respiratory tract infections could be reduced by more than 40 percent if tests became more commonplace. The German researchers found that testing for a marker of bacterial infection known as procalcitonin (PCT) helped...

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