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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Antibiotic pills

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Antibiotics and Probiotics

In this episode of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter reports on the new guidelines for prescribing antibiotics, and also asks whether it's possible to take too many probiotics.

Antibiotics

GPs issue 35 million prescriptions for antibiotics every year.  The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE, has stepped in to try to do something about this figure, which is felt to be much too high.

They have stated that antibiotics should not be offered to anyone with an upper respiratory infection, meaning that many people who go to see with GP with a cold or cough are likely to be turned away empty-handed, as antibiotics won't help them. 

Mark speaks to Professor Paul Little, a GP and chair of the group that came up with the new guidance, about what patients and doctors can expect.

He explains that viral infections take much longer to recover from than many people appreciate, and it's rest and time which are needed, not antibiotics.

Probiotics

Mark speaks to Chakravarthi Rajkumar, Professor of Geriatrics and Stroke Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, who has a special interest in the use of probiotics to reduce some of the unwanted side effects of antibiotics in his elderly patients.

And Marnie Chesterton reports from Utrect in the Netherlands, where trials using probiotics on patients with severe acute pancreatitis had some worrying results. 

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