White children have a far higher risk of becoming resistant to essential antibiotics than others because they are prescribed unnecessary medication at twice the rate, a new report has revealed.
The findings, published on Tuesday, shed light on a bitterly ironic catch to the fact that caucasians typically have better access to healthcare than blacks and Latinos.
The study by the Children’s National Health System looked at the differences in care that minorities and white children receive in emergency departments.
It concluded that antibiotics are too often prescribed for viral infections – despite the fact that they cannot be treated with antibiotics.
The research comes as the world’s health authorities are calling for doctors to consider alternative treatments as life-threatening superbugs become increasingly resistant to our most reliable form of medication.