Children younger than 10 and adults 65 and older were more likely to be prescribed antibiotics compared with other age groups, CDC researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Aside from considerable difference in prescribing rates according to provider specialty, they found geographic disparities, with the South having greater rates than the West. Also, antibiotics are being prescribed at rates that suggest overuse and could promote increased bacterial resistance. The report analyzed 2010 data.

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