Johns Hopkins Medicine Highlights Dangers of Antibiotics

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Since 2004, Anthony W. Deering has headed the private investment firm Exeter Capital, LLC, as Chairman. Outside of work, Anthony W. Deering contributes to organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), where he serves as a Trustee. As one of the nation’s leading health care organizations, JHM undertakes research in a wide range of areas to improve disease prevention and care processes.

Recently, Hopkins researchers looked at nearly 1,500 adult patients who were given antibiotics while in the hospital. The researchers discovered that about a fifth of the cases resulted in undesirable side effects, and about a fifth of those involved patients who did not in fact need antibiotics. More research is emerging about the potential harm of antibiotics, and this new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, affirms the findings. Ultimately, researchers want to encourage physicians to consider both risks and benefits before prescribing antibiotics.

The most common side effects of antibiotic use observed in the study included gastrointestinal distress, kidney problems, and blood abnormalities. Patients also experienced new multi-drug-resistant infections and development of a bacterium linked to severe diarrhea. While these side effects did not lead to death in any cases, they led to extended hospital stays, caused hospital readmissions, and necessitated additional diagnostics.

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