Factoids Of The Day: 5.24.2016

From The Economist, May 21st-27th, 2016

“The Grim Prospect”

“In America some 40m people are prescribed antibiotics for respiratory problems every year. In 2013 a paper published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy estimated that two-thirds of those people may well not have needed the antibiotics they got.”

From Time Magazine, May 16, 2016

“The Brief”

“Medical errors kill 251,454 people every year, making them the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to a new paper in the BMJ. They study’s authors called on the CDC to let doctors list these mistakes as a cause of death.”


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