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Blood Test to Help Doctors Make Right Call on Prescribing Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide. One of the biggest culprits is treatment for routine colds. Experts say doctors often send their patients home with prescriptions for antibiotics because they can not determine the source of the illnesses. Researchers concerned about the overuse of antibiotics have developed a blood test to help physicians determine whether patients' colds are the result of bacterial or viral infections. Ephraim Tsalik, a professor of medicine...

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