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The Impact of Media on Research Findings

February 15th, 2012 by Cathy · No Comments

A research team at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine published their findings in the February 15, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In conclusion, evidence from this study suggests that treatment with amoxicillin for 10 days offers little clinical benefit for most patients with clinically diagnosed uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis.”

Reference: Garbutt JM, Banister C, Spitznagel E, Piccirillo JF. Amoxicillin for acute rhinosinusitis: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2012;307(7):685-692.

YouTube: “Interview with Dr Piccirillo, Author of Amoxicillin for Acute Rhinosinusitis.”


Since the findings were published, a number of online media outlets have reported on the study findings.

US News.  “Antibiotics do nothing to cure sinus infections, study says.”

MSN.News. “Antibiotics of no use in sinus infections.”

The Washington Post. “Study suggests skipping antibiotics for sinus infections.”

Bloomberg Businessweek. “Antibiotic fails to ease sinus infection symptoms, study finds.”

RedOrbit. “Antibiotics do not help with Sinusitis: Study.”

Medical News Today.  “Antibiotics no better than placebo for most sinus infections.”

Riverfront Times. “Think antibiotics can cure a sinus infection? Wash. U. docs say ‘snot so.”

Health Jockey. “Antibiotics may not reduce sinus symptoms?

Global Post. “Antibiotics like amoxicillin won’t fix sinus infection any faster, study shows.”

Toronto Sun. “Antibiotics ineffective for sinus infections: Study.”


Based on review of the reports, there have been 73 Tweets, 96 Facebook recommendations, 17 comments posted by readers, and 18 other uses of social bookmarking/commentary tools noted.


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