Heavy use of antibiotics in nursing homes equates to risk for residents: Study

TORONTO — A study of antibiotic use in Ontario nursing homes shows huge variation in the amounts of the drugs residents receive. It reports that residents of homes where antibiotic use is heaviest face a 24% increased risk of having a health problem linked to antibiotics such as C. Interestingly, the increased risk associated with high antibiotic use applies to all residents of these homes, not just the people who have been taking antibiotics.

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