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UK Guidelines Recommend Honey for Cough, Not Antibiotics

Given the growing concern about antibiotic resistance, it’s no surprise the U.K. Department of Health has proposed new guidelines recommending the use of honey and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies as the first line of treatment for coughs.  Antibiotics do little to improve colds and flu or symptoms like coughs and sore throat because they are not designed to treat viral infections. Viral infections typically run their course within a week or two.  The new recommendations are designed to support doctors toward the overall goal of prescribing less antibiotics. Given the skyrocketing rates of antibiotic resistance, which claims at least 700,000 lives worldwide annually, this type of public-safety measure makes sense — assuming it is well enforced, and both doctors and patients embrace the new guidelines.  Read more...



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