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overuse

Health care The common use of a particular intervention even when the benefits of the intervention don't justify the potential harm or cost–eg, prescribing antibiotics for a probable viral URI. Cf Misuse, Underuse.
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An ill-fitting denture is one reason that a patient could be overusing adhesive," said Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Manuel A.
Underpaying workers and overusing antibiotics may offer a short-term competitive edge, but it's a potentially disastrous recipe in today's global market.
The problem of overusing ICSI is that there is a very small but statistically significant increased risk that some of the babies born from the technique appear to have health problems.
I sense that on the whole UK practitioners are very aware of the dangers of overusing the technique and it is difficult to say whether the UK could get away with using it less frequently.
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): A new study has discovered that overusing of certain commonly prescribed medications could increase the frequency of migraine attacks.