A study done at the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, has provided further evidence that ingestion of moderate amounts of wine on a regular basis can have beneficial effects on our health.
In the same way that small amounts of wine may be good for the heart, it appears that one glass of wine a day can help prevent depression.
A variety of studies have already shown that resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, can protect against aging, heart disease and several types of cancers – e.g., melanoma and prostate cancer.
In the Spanish study the researchers evaluated more than 5500 light-to-moderate drinkers, comparing them to nondrinkers for as long as seven years.
Participants who consumed up to seven glasses of wine per week were least likely to suffer depression.
Advising patients to drink small amounts of wine on a regular basis can be a somewhat delicate issue.However, it certainly appears that it can have substantial health benefits.
One of the major health problems in the USA for many years has been the misuse of antibiotics.It has resulted in an alarming increase in the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria with subsequent morbidity, mortality and expense.
The unnecessary use of antibiotics by physicians not only results in as many as 25,000 deaths per year from infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria, but also high rates of Clostridium difficile diarrhea, as well as an estimated $35 billion in medical costs.
Clostridium difficile, a difficult to treat infection, has an infection rate that nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in the USA.
Despite repeated warnings to physicians, antibiotics are prescribed for approximately 60% of sore throats, and more than 70% of cases of acute bronchitis.
The only justifiable reason for prescribing antibiotics for a sore throat is in the presence of group A Streptococcus bacteria, which occurs in only about 10% of cases.
Acute bronchitis is almost always caused by a virus. Antibiotics should only rarely be prescribed for bronchitis, because they are ineffective against viral illness.
It is time that physicians stop prescribing medications that they know are inappropriate – often because they may be afraid the patient will leave their office unsatisfied without a prescription.