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Cold and flu season is here — but doctors say antibiotics won't help you get better faster

“Antibiotics: Not Always the Answer”
As cold and flu season descends upon us, it’s essential to remember that antibiotics are not the answer for common viral respiratory infections. According to Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital, overprescribing and misuse of antibiotics is contributing to antibiotic resistance, a global health threat. The false perception of effectiveness that comes with being prescribed an antibiotic for a virus can be detrimental, as patients associate getting better with having had an antibiotic prescription.

“The Impact of Social Media on Teens”
Canadian researchers have found that the impact of social media on children’s brains is causing more aggression, depression, and anxiety among young individuals. Emma Duerden, a researcher at Western University, notes that the increase in screen time during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to higher levels of depression and anxiety in children. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to social media can have a significant influence on the brain’s reward system, influencing decision-making and potentially mediating aggression in children. It’s becoming increasingly clear that excessive screen time is a public health issue that needs to be addressed.

“Ozempic and Weight Loss”
Despite concerns regarding severe side effects, obesity doctors believe that drugs like Ozempic have the potential to improve medical help for a chronic illness that has long been stigmatized. Dr. Daniel Drucker, a senior scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, notes that new data shows semaglutide’s ability to reduce rates of heart attacks, strokes, and death in people with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions. This breakthrough opens up a new conversation around the importance of treating people with obesity.

The Negatives of Technological Advancements in Cars
The new technology in cars is another topic of concern, as it may be negatively impacting driving behavior. If you have experienced road rage due to new technology in your vehicle or find that the touchscreen keeps your eyes off the road, Marketplace wants to hear from you.

In Conclusion
As we navigate the complexities of modern medicine, digital technology, and the evolving landscape of healthcare and consumerism, it is crucial to remain informed and aware of the potential impact on our lives. Whether it’s understanding the limitations of antibiotics, recognizing the effects of social media on young individuals, or exploring the potential of new medications, being informed allows us to make better decisions for our health and well-being. The conversation around these issues can shape the future of healthcare, technology, and how we approach our collective and individual well-being.



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