KDBC in Texas ran a story about a new study that suggests the overuse of antibiotics in dementia patients contributes to drug-resistant germs.   In the study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, more than 200 people with advanced dementia were followed for 18 months. Almost half died before the study finished.  Researchers found 42% received antibiotics within two weeks of their deaths.

Antibiotic overuse spurs on the potentially fatal drug-resistant bugs like MRSA.  Past studies have suggested that nursing homes are favored stomping grounds for the super germs.   The study’s co-author says doctors should discuss antibiotics with family, just as they would discuss placing a feeding tube.

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