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In modern medicine, antibiotics are usually the first line of defense when it comes to treating infections of any kind. Unfortunately, scientists have discovered in more recent years that antibiotics can have some very dangerous side effects.
A well-known problem with the use of antibiotics is antibiotic resistance – this means your body has essentially become immune to antibiotics and no longer responds to this treatment. Instead, the infection is conditioned to withstand the impact of the antibiotic.
In a 2014 study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, researchers have linked antibiotic use in children to increased risk of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), is a condition that happens in children before the age of 16. Much like the arthritis symptoms seen in aging people, JIA causes joint inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness in children. It may also cause more serious symptoms such as rashes and inflammation in the eye. What’s worse is that JIA is an autoimmune disease, which refers to any condition where the body attacks its own cells and tissues for unknown reasons. According to health specialists, an estimated 300,000 kids in the US suffer from some kind of arthritis, with JIA being the most common.
Past studies have come up short as far as finding out the cause of JIA. However, some research did show that that the body’s microbiome, an array of microorganisms that regulate metabolic and immune function, may play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
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“Previous studies have shown that genetics explains less than half of cases of JIA,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Daniel Horton of Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. “Other studies have not consistently identified any one particular environmental trigger.” Because of the link between the microbiome and development of autoimmune conditions, scientists identified antibiotics (which disrupt the body’s microbiome and balance of healthy bacteria) as a potential cause for JIA. Researchers found that kids who were exposed to antibacterial antibiotics (not antifungals or antivirals) were at higher risk of developing JIA than those who had not been exposed – and the risk seemed to grow for those who were exposed to antibiotics repeatedly.
Dr. Horton and his team’s study adds to the existing prior research that highlights the harmful impact antibiotics can have, particularly in kids. Despite this research, antibiotics remain one of the most over-prescribed drugs in the US – in fact, in another study published in the journal Pediatrics suggested that doctors write 11.4 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for children and teenagers each year.
“While antibiotics are certainly essential to treating some infections, these drugs are also overprescribed for other infections – frequently respiratory – that will usually resolve without treatment,” said Dr. Horton. “If the link between antibiotics and juvenile arthritis can be confirmed, antibiotic avoidance – in the right clinical situation – might be one of the few ways we have to prevent this life-changing disease.”
Source: Medical News Today
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In a new study, researchers found the impact of loneliness is more severe than most of us think – in fact, loneliness might be just as dangerous as obesity when it comes to your overall health.
The study, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, was conducted by a research team led by Brigham Young University professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad. The team found that consistently feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your health, and “chronic loneliness” may even shorten the human lifespan just as much as obesity.
More Americans Choose to Live Alone
Experts expressed major concern over these results, especially since many Americans are now choosing to live alone instead of with their family, friends or roommates. The study’s co-author, Tim Smith, said that the rate of individuals living alone is steadily rising, which is a factor likely to add to the potential severity of this issue. According to the Census Bureau, 27 percent of households were single-person households, up from just 17 percent in 1970.
“We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously,” Holt-Lunstad said. “The effect is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously.”
This study is not the first to point out the possible impact loneliness could have on overall health, wellness and lifespan. In a past study, researchers found that feeling lonely raises the risk of death to the same level as alcoholism or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Unfortunately, research also shows that surrounding yourself with more people may not be the answer. Many individuals report feeling lonely even when they’re with close friends, and others find it impossible to avoid isolating themselves, especially those who suffer from depression or anxiety.
What you can do about chronic loneliness
There are a variety of ways to tackle the gloom of loneliness. If you can’t be in the physical presence of someone, make sure you call them or message them through the phone. If you live alone and are finding the experience lonely, especially after a breakup, then look into sex dolls which some people swear by for being incredibly beneficial when experiencing loneliness. To avoid the potential harm of chronic loneliness, we need to differentiate between simply being surrounded by people and truly connecting with others – try to strengthen relationships you’re already comfortable with instead of seeking out new friends. Often, a thoughtful conversation with your best friend will leave you feeling far less lonely than a night out with a large group of people.