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Antibiotics: Doing the Same With Less

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New recommendations from the American College of Physicians suggest patients are taking antibiotics for too long.

Often, antibiotic are prescribed for daily use over a week or longer. The new recommendations suggest five days is best practice for a variety of common infections, such as uncomplicated bronchitis, community-acquired pneumonia, simple urinary tract infections and nonpurulent cellulitis, a type of skin and soft tissue infection.

Of Mice and Men, When Sick

Turns out social distancing isn't an entirely human notion. Researchers say that when mice sense another mouse is sick, based on distinctive odors, they stay away. Or at least they don't mate. The sickness cues triggers a rodent brain circuit that says the social interaction isn't worth the cost.

Body of Knowledge

Your body consists mostly three elements: hydrogen (62.91%), oxygen (24.003%) and carbon (11.97%). That totals 98.89% of you. Nitrogen makes up another 0.58%, calcium 0.24%, phosphorus 0.14% and sulfur 0.04%. All of the other elements in your body are squeezed into 11 one-hundredths of 1 percent.

 

Get Me That. Stat!

Just under half of the 33,000 newly minted doctors this year chose primary care for their residencies. Primary care includes internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine. Among the most popular specialties were neurology, emergency medicine and psychiatry.

Counts

37,300: Estimated number of U.S. children who have lost a parent to COVID-19 (three-quarters were adolescents).

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