Many cancer patients said they do not tell physicians about alternative medicine usage
TIME (4/12, Ducharme) reported that “about a third of cancer patients use alternative medicine – but many of them don’t tell their doctors, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Oncology.” TIME explained that this is “potentially a problem, since alternative therapies can come with health risks, especially if people halt conventional treatments to pursue them.” In addition, “some complementary therapies” were said to be “not well-regulated and may interact poorly with conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, doctors warn.”
Please, always inform your doctors of all over the counter medications and supplements you are taking.
Prolonged sleep may benefit adolescents with ADHD
Teens with attention-deficit disorder displayed significantly better emotional control, working memory, planning and organization, initiation and inhibition when they had up to 9.5 hours of nightly sleep for a week, compared with when they had only 6.5 hours of nightly sleep for a week, according to a study presented at the American Physiological Society’s annual meeting. “Increased sleep may significantly [and positively] impact academic, social and emotional functioning in adolescents with ADHD, and sleep may be an important future target for future intervention,” researchers said.
HealthDay News (4/9)
AAP urges recall of Fisher-Price sleeper following infant deaths
The American Academy of Pediatrics urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to immediately recall Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleeper after a Consumer Reports analysis showed that 32 infants, including those younger than 3 months, have died from using the sleeper between 2011 and 2018, saying that the CPSC’s warning against sleeper use when babies reach age 3 months or start rolling over was inadequate. “There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies,” said AAP President Dr. Kyle Yasuda.
CNN (4/10), HealthDay News (4/9)
Babies who only consume breast milk may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence
Reuters (4/9, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.
CPSC warns about Fisher-Price sleepers after infant deaths
Parents and caregivers shouldn’t use Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play sleepers once their babies reach age 3 months or start rolling over, following 10 infant deaths related to the sleeper since 2015, according to a joint statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price.
Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (4/8)