Antibiotics might not be having the desired effect, and other breaking news.
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What's Up (With All Those Antibiotics), Doc?
The numbers are staggering: 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacterial <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/health">infections</a>. Why? According to a new study, 60% of the time docs prescribe antibiotics, they pick “broad- spectrum” drugs that kill the body’s bad bacteria (causing the infection) and its good. Result: All the bacteria may turn into Godzilla-strength supermicrobes that antibiotics can’t kill. Worse, 25% of scripts for antibiotics aren’t even necessary, because the offending infection is viral—and viruses don’t respond to antibiotics. “When prescribed an antibiotic, you should ask the doctor if it’s really needed, and, if so, if it’s the best for the infection you have,” says University of Utah study head Adam Hersh, M.D., Ph.D.
If you hope to be a father one day, don’t wait forever to put your swimmers to use, suggests a new study in <em>Fertility and Sterility</em>. An analysis of samples from more than 5,000 men ages 16–72 found that, even though guys produce new <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/sexual-health">sperm</a> most of their lives, the little buggers’ quantity and qual- ity decline after age 35. What this means for offspring: An increased risk of autism-related disorders in children of older fathers, accord- ing to study author Bronte Stone, Ph.D. “There’s also a theoretical risk of a higher incidence of genetic disease and neurologic defects that may manifest as learning difficulties,” Stone says. So the “right time” may be sooner than you’d planned—but, hey, at least it’s planned!
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High Debt Can Really Hurt
Owe money? You may also have higher-than-normal diastolic <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/health">blood pressure</a>—a risk factor for hypertension and stroke—says a Northwestern University study of 8,400 subjects ages 24–32. Those who owed big also had higher levels of stress or depression—or both—along with worse health in general. “Poor health in young adulthood can turn into even worse health later in life,” says study author Thomas McDade, Ph.D. “Being proactive in managing and reducing debt should help.”
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