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4 Your Health: Opioids for ankle sprain not good medicine

Opioids are often prescribed for ankle sprains despite guidelines against their use.

Researchers from the University Of Michigan looked at nearly 600,000 people treated for a sprained ankle. About a quarter of those patients were prescribed opioids in the emergency room. And eight percent were still filling that prescription 90 days later.

The recommended treatment for ankle sprains includes ice, anti-inflammatory drugs, support and exercise.

Overprescribing antibiotics

Another University Of Michigan study finds most patients with pneumonia are treated with antibiotics for longer than necessary.

Researchers looked at over 6,000 patients hospitalized for pneumonia. They found two-thirds received excess antibiotic treatment, mostly because of prescribing at discharge.

These patients did not fare any better and were more likely to report more stomach problems and yeast infections.

Need to eat more grains

Americans are not eating enough whole grains.

A new government study shows whole grains account for about 16 percent of total grain intake among adults. That’s far short of the recommended minimum of 50-percent. Older adults, women and people with higher incomes consumed the most whole grains.

Whole grain intake has increased slightly since 2005 but experts say more improvements are needed.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, Monday-Friday 5-7 am.
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