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4 Your Health: Exercise weak on dementia; making antibiotics more effective.

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Tucson- There is a growing movement by pediatricians to curb antibiotic resistance by prescribing fewer of them.

Between 2010 and 2016, the rate at which antibiotic prescriptions were filled dropped 9 percent. Blue Cross/Blue Shield reports the decline was biggest among pediatricians.

Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and rural areas showed the highest rates of antibiotic prescriptions. The more antibiotics are used the less likely they are to treat severe illnesses effectively. 

Exercise and the brain

The benefits of exercise are well known, it improves heart health, bone health, and helps people lose weight.

But while it can also help people think clearly in the short term a new study suggests physical activity may not help prevent long-term memory issues, like dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

The new finding is from John Hopkins, where researchers followed 646 adults over three decades.

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