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Health Watch: November 18th

A look at the stories affecting your health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is offering new guidelines to cut down or un-needed prescriptions of antibiotics for children with respiratory infections. The report urges physicians to carefully distinguish between viral and bacterial infections. Other studies have shown as many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written every years that are unnecessary.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found higher levels of physical fitness can lower the risk of a heart attack in patients with heart disease. The authors recommend exercise, in addition to medication to increase survival after coronary artery disease. 

Just one minute of CPR training could help in an emergency. The American Heart Association studied people's response to a simulated sudden collapse. Researcher found those who watched a short teaching video beforehand were faster to respond and start chest compressions. 
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