As a follow up to last Friday's post about antibiotic prescribing habits, I should mention that the data was obtained from the States. However, in another study published online prior to its print release this month , Belgium researchers noted similar findings, such that children w/asthma were almost twice as likely to receive antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection (URI) than children without asthma, all other things being equal. But we've known for quite some time that asthma is more an inflammatory condition than it is an infectious one, right? And that the majority of URIs are due to viruses that don't respond to antibiotics. It's nice to know that the US is not alone in overprescribing antibiotics.