Respiratory Infections

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Respiratory Infections

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HWN Suggests

Drop the Antibiotics, We Need a New Battle Plan Against Bacteria

So it's that time of year again. Just about everyone I know has a cough, a cold, a sniffle, a sore throat. We're suffering from a general outbreak of snot, a seasonal plague of phlegm that descends on us with tedious predictability and makes us feel as cold and damp inside as it is outside.

But it's the 21st century! Surely we should be able to come up with a cure for this misery?

Pharmaceutical companies' balance sheets must be benefiting from cough and cold remedies (which merely offer limited relief from symptoms) – couldn't they divert some funds into finding a real cure? There would be millions of punters lining up to buy such a drug. But much as we might all…

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 Drop the Antibiotics, We Need a New Battle Plan Against Bacteria

For 80 years antibiotics have helped us to fight disease. But bacteria are growing resistant – so it's time we stopped treating winter colds with such a powerful weapon.


The major goal of the ARI Group is to improve the quality of healthcare in Australia and worldwide, through the provision of timely evidence that will assist clinical and policy decisions.


Respiratory tract infections are believed to be one of the main reasons why people visit their GP or pharmacist. The most widespread respiratory tract infection is the common cold.

StatPearls - Upper Respiratory Infections

A variety of viruses and bacteria can cause upper respiratory tract infections. These cause a variety of patient diseases including acute bronchitis, the common cold, influenza, and respiratory distress syndromes. Defining most of these patient diseases is difficult because the presentations connected with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) commonly overlap and their causes are similar.

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