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Dietary supplements send 23,000 people to EDs each year, study reveals ABC World News (10/14, story 14, 0:25, Muir, 5.84M) reported that a study published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that some “23,000 people” visit hospital emergency departments each year and “more than 2,100” are hospitalized due because of “dietary supplements.” On the CBS Evening News (10/14, story 10, 1:55, Pelley, 5.08M), chief medical correspondent Jon LaPook, MD, explained that because dietary supplements “products don’t need FDA approval, the CDC says it’s important to monitor their safety.” The study’s lead author, Andrew Geller, MD, of the CDC, was shown saying, “Some dietary supplements may have benefits, but there are risks and we encourage patients to tell their physicians that they’re taking dietary supplements and which ones.” Notably, “weight loss and energy products accounted for about 50 percent of” ED “visits in patients five to 34,” who commonly report “cardiac, chest pain, palpitations, and elevated heart rate.” USA Today (10/15, Szabo) reports that the actual number of ED “visits caused by dietary supplements…could be much larger than the study’s estimates because many patients don’t mention their supplement use when visiting” their physician. The New York Times (10/15, O’Connor) reports that for the study, investigators from the […]
Seniors could save money by switching Medicare prescription drug plans Kaiser Health News (10/21) reports that the open enrollment season “for the private plans offered to Medicare beneficiaries started Oct. 15 and continues until Dec. 7.” This offer beneficiaries the opportunity to switch prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage managed care plans. But the “vast majority of seniors don’t switch their plans even if by doing so they could get better, cheaper coverage.” The article adds that premiums for Medicare drug plans this year “are increasing an average 13 percent from $36.68 to $41.46 so checking out the alternatives may help save money, according to an analysis by researchers at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
Halloween is on the way and children will be choosing their costumes carefully. Some will consider wearing decorative contact lenses that are sold without a prescription. Wearing these lenses is dangerous because the lack of a proper fitting by an eye care professional can result in corneal damage that in some cases may cause permanent vision loss. Visit healthychildren.org for more information.
ABC World News (10/21, story 11, 0:15, Muir) reported, “The popular Mediterranean diet, fish, vegetables and olive oil,” appears to be “not only good for your heart, but a new study” published online Oct. 21 “in the journal Neurology…says it also helps prevent our brains from shrinking as well age.” The Los Angeles Times (10/22, Netburn) reports in “Science Now” that investigators at Columbia University “found that among 684 elderly people with an average age of 80, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish and monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, had larger brain volumes than those who did not.” After dividing “study participants…into two groups – those who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean diet, and those who did not,” researchers found through magnetic resonance imaging scans that “the difference in average brain size was 13.11 milliliters, or the equivalent to five years of aging.”
A Japanese study in The BMJ showed children who were exposed to secondhand smoke at 4 months had an almost twofold increased risk of having cavities by age 3 than those whose parents didn’t smoke. Researchers followed nearly 77,000 children born between 2004 and 2010, from birth through age 3, and found about 13,000 cases of cavities. HealthDay News (10/21)
Reuters (10/23, Rapaport) reports that research suggests that individuals who regularly sleep less than six hours each night may have a higher likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a name for five common risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease: a large waistline (apple-shape body), high fat content (triglycerides) in the blood, low good cholesterol blood levels (HDL),high blood pressure, and high blood sugar . A team of University of South Korea researchers tracked about 2,600 adults for more than two years and discovered those getting less than six hours of sleep per night had a 41% higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those sleeping between six and eight hours per night. The findings were published in Sleep Medicine.
Children are especially vulnerable to environmental hazards that may be present after floods. For tips on dealing with flash floods, visit HealthyChildren.org and the AAP Children & Disasters website
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Forbes (10/30) contributor Alice G. Walton writes that a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that “excessive TV-watching is linked to mortality from diseases researchers already knew to be linked to it, like cancer and heart disease, but also to some new ones, like COPD and Parkinson’s disease.” The study, “which was carried out by a team at the National Cancer Institute,” found that “people who watched 3-4 hours of TV had a 15% greater risk of mortality overall.”
Reuters (11/2, Doyle) reports that a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that teens who talked with their parents about sex and topics such as condom use and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were more likely to exhibit safer sex behaviors. The meta-analysis of 52 studies and over 25,000 teens showed that the effect was strongest on girls and teens whose mothers spoke with them about sex.
TIME (11/9, Park) reports, “Cooking meals at home can be a way to fight the sugar spikes that can lead to diabetes.” HealthDay (11/9, Reinberg) reports that after analyzing data “on nearly 58,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study and on more than 41,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study,” researchers found that people “who ate about 11 to 14 homemade lunches or dinners a week had about a 13 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those who ate less than six homemade lunches or dinners a week.” The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting.
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. In addition to difficulty with attention, lifelong effects may include a range of physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning problems. This AAP video reminds women that alcohol and pregnancy is just not worth the risk.
The 2015 Report Card from the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance shows just 4% of Americans eat enough vegetables to meet daily recommended levels, and average vegetable consumption has decreased 6% over the past five years. The report card gave a D grade to consumption of vegetables by children. San Francisco Chronicle (free content)
The Physicians and staff at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine would like to wish our patients and community a Happy Thanksgiving. In Observation of the Thanksgiving Holliday we will be closed Thursday 11/26/15 and Friday 11/27/15. We will reopen Saturday 11/28/15 for urgent care only. Click here
Newsweek (11/25, Firger) reports that researchpublished in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that “women who experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be more likely to develop hypertension…later in life.” Investigators “found women who reported significant PMS symptoms—such as mood swings, lethargy, food cravings and breast tenderness—were as much as 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure 20 years later than those who did not.” HealthDay (11/25, Preidt) reports that the association “between moderate-to-severe PMS and high blood pressure was strongest among women younger than 40.”
Study shows increasing number of infant deaths attributed to crib bumpers An analysis of data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths found that 77 infant deaths in the US from 1985 to 2012 were attributed to crib bumpers, and deaths related to the bumpers increased threefold from 2005 to 2012. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed there were 146 injuries and accidents associated with crib bumpers from 1990 to 2012, at least 11 of which were life-threatening. Researchers noted that the AAP has been advising against the use of these products since 2008.St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/23), Reuters (11/24)
The NPR (11/27, Bichell) “Shots” blog reported that the flu virus “does an annual migration across the world, hitting the Southern Hemisphere during its winter, the Northern Hemisphere right about now, and hanging out in the tropics in between — especially in parts of Asia.” The article discusses the process that scientists and virus experts go through in order to come up with the combination of strains that should be included in a vaccine.
ABC World News (11/30, story 9, 0:15, Muir) reported that research suggests that “spending one extra minute on the treadmill starting at the age of 18 translates to a 12 percent decrease in heart problems later during middle age.” NBC News (12/1, Fox) reports on its website that the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that “people who are in good shape as young adults — mostly in their 20s — are much less likely to die in middle age.” Investigators found that “the longer a person could push on a treadmill test as a young adult, the less likely he or she was to die of anything, including cancer and heart disease, 25 years later.” HealthDay (12/1, Preidt) reports, “Some of the participants had another treadmill test seven years into the study.” Among those participants, “a one-minute reduction in being able to remain on the treadmill was associated with a 21 percent increased risk of death and a 20 percent increased risk of heart-related death.”
The Washington Post (12/1, Cha) “To Your Health” reports that researchers from the Melbourne University’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre “tested a wide range of sugar-free soft drinks, sports drinks and sweets and found that many of them can be just as harmful to teeth as their sugared counterparts due to their chemical composition.” Researchers found that because these sugar-free beverages “contain acids like phosphoric acid (found in colas) or citric acid (found mainly in lemon and lime flavored drinks),” they can “strip away a tooth’s outer layer – leading to chalkiness of the tooth’s surface, pitting, opacity, tooth sensitivity and other issues.” Thefindings (pdf) were published in the Australian Dental Journal. HealthDay (12/1, Preidt) reports that the researchers found that the acid in these beverages “dissolves the tooth’s hard tissues,” causing “dental erosion.” The study showed that “most soft drinks and sports drinks caused dental enamel to soften by between 30 percent and 50 percent.”
Having a natural predisposition to sudden infant death syndrome, sleeping environment and being in a critical period of development are the factors that contribute to an infant’s overall risk of SIDS, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed the rates of SIDS in the US between 1983 and 2012 and found a 38% decline in SIDS between 1992 and 1996 after the AAP recommended placing babies on their backs to sleep. LiveScience.com (12/2)
USA Today (12/3, Painter) reports that a study published online Dec. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that “young adults who watch a lot of TV and engage in very little exercise” may encounter problems with thinking in middle age. For the study, researchers “followed more than 3,000 people, starting at an average age of 25 and ending when they took cognitive tests 25 years later.” The Los Angeles Times (12/3, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that those individuals “who were most likely to get the lowest scores were the ones who watched the most television and the ones who got the least exercise when they were young adults,” with “extreme couch potatoes” having “the greatest risk of intellectual decline.” According to the Washington Post (12/3, Cha) “To Your Health” blog, the study authors “theorized that ‘physical activity during young adulthood may preserve cognitive function and contribute to cognitive reserve by increasing neurogenesis as well as synaptic plasticity, particularly in regions associated with executive function and processing speed.’
Average individual mandate penalty rising to $969 per household, analysis finds The New York Times (12/9, A23, Goodnough, Subscription Publication) reports that Americans who go without health insurance in 2016 “despite having the option of buying health coverage through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will owe an average tax penalty of $969 per household, a new analysis has found.” That amount is significantly higher than the average penalty of $661 for those who went without coverage in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. The Times adds that it “remains to be seen how effective the rising fine will be in persuading the roughly 10.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for marketplace coverage to buy it.” Bloomberg News (12/9, Tozzi) notes the penalties “are rising to 2.5 percent of income or a flat dollar amount of $695 per adult, whichever is higher.” According to Kaiser, about 3.5 million Americans who are currently uninsured could get health coverage in 2016 for less than what they’ll pay in penalties.
CDC: Only half of sex education programs fully cover STD, pregnancy prevention The Los Angeles Times (12/9, Kaplan) reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report, which found that “American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in need of improvement.” Nationwide, “95% of schools explained to ninth- through 12th-graders how sexual transmitted diseases are spread and the health consequences of an STD infection, while 85% of schools taught students how to get products and services to help them prevent STDs and pregnancy.” However, just “70% explained why it was important to use condoms correctly and consistently, 60% told students how to get condoms, and 54% demonstrated how to use them correctly.” In addition, “only 46% of American high schools covered all 16 topics related to preventing pregnancy, HIV and other STDs that government health experts say are essential.” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a statement, “We need to do a better job of giving our young people the skills and knowledge they need to protect their own health.”
Study suggests letting teens ask about health issues at doctor visits The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health showed that 89% of parents accompanied their teens to visits to the doctor, two-thirds of whom filled out health history and other forms for their children. The findings, based on a survey of 1,517 parents of teenagers, revealed that just 5% of teens were able to ask questions about health issues independently and only 15% asked to do so. Researchers said parents should give their teens a chance to ask their own questions. United Press International (12/14)
All parents know that children love the holiday seasons, from the festive decorations to presents and added time with family. One thing that many forget is that there can be some hidden dangers in all that festive fun. Pediatrician Benjamin D. Hoffman, MD, FAAP, offers advice to keep children safe as we celebrate this December.
The First Tooth has produced this video for parents that explains why young children need their teeth brushed with fluoride toothpaste and shows practical skills to accomplish this goal.
The Los Angeles Times (12/17, Healy) reports that research published in Nature suggests that “environmental exposures, lifestyle choices and other factors that could be changed or avoided account for between 70% and 90% of the gene mutations that make cancerous tumors progress.” STAT (12/17, Begley) reports that the researchers found that “unavoidable intrinsic risk factors [such as cell division] contribute only modestly, less than 10-30 percent, to the development of many common cancers.” The San Diego Union-Tribune (12/17, Fikes) reports that this research “disputes research published” earlier this year in Science “that attributed most cancers to ‘bad luck,’ or in more scientific terms, random mutations that by chance lead to cancer.”
These tips from the AAP, to help parents keep little ones warm as well as safely buckled in their car seats all season long, are appropriate for children of all ages, from HealthyChildren.org
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The AP (12/22, Neergaard) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine “suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse” due to cardiac arrest. On its website, CBS News (12/22, Marcus) reports that the study of 839 patients found that approximately “half of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest first experience symptoms like intermittent chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, or ongoing flu-like symptoms such as nausea and abdominal and back pain.” However, “80 percent of them ignore their pre-arrest symptoms.”
Most parents fail to use car seats properly Ninety-five percent of families surveyed made at least one serious error, while 91% made a life-threatening error and only 15% worked with a certified car safety technician when they used a car seat after being discharged from the hospital with a healthy newborn, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed surveys of 291 families and found that parents’ most common mistake is buckling a child into the car seat too loosely.Newsweek (12/21)
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plans to ban minors from using tanning beds and require adults to be informed about their risks, which media analysis suggested would help reduce skin cancer rates. NBC Nightly News reported that the FDA’s “unprecedented new rules” were “praised by medical experts” for their potential to “save lives.” The AP (12/19, Perrone) explained the “announcement follows years of prodding by dermatologists and medical groups for bolder action on indoor tanning, citing rising rates of skin cancer among teens and people in their 20s, particularly women.” USA Today (12/19, Painter) reported that in a statement, acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff said, “Today’s action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms.” Ostroff added, “Individuals under 18 years are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning.” USA Today added that “medical groups immediately applauded the aggressive moves.” The New York Times (12/19, A16, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) also reported “medical experts say” the “sweeping” proposal “is a major step toward reducing the risk of skin cancer in the” US.
From infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleep time problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what the difficulty may be — getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares — it’s never too late to take steps to correct it. The AAP book “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know” helps parents and caregivers better understand sleep, answers questions and examines conflicting theories.
The New York Times (12/24, Belluck) reported in its “Well” blog reports that a study published in JAMA Pediatrics “found that when babies and parents played with electronic toys that were specifically advertised as language-promoters, parents spoke less and responded less to baby babbling than when they played with traditional toys like blocks or read board books.” The study also found that babies vocalized less when playing with electronic toys. The Times explained that parents said about 40 words per minute when electronic toys were being used “compared with 56 words per minute for traditional toys and 67 words per minute with books.” The Times pointed out that the study involved on 26 white, educated families and that “researchers say the results might be different with a larger and more diverse group.”
A common New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. For quit tips, visit the CDC website. And while some may consider using e-cigarettes as an answer, e cigarettes are a health hazard and do not help people quit. The AAP worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Medical Association to create a resource about electronic nicotine delivery systems to helps smokers and clinicians understand the evidence-about e cigarettes and cessation resources.
The AP (1/4) reports that several people are injuring themselves falling off hoverboards. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in the Houston area “reported treating 14 hoverboard injuries between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.” Dr. David Wong, an emergency department physician at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land said riders “should wear wrist guards, helmets, elbow guards and knee pads.” The AP points out that “hoverboards are also being investigated for their potential to burst into flames in a small number of instances.”
The CBS Evening News (1/7, story 9, 2:10, Pelley) reported, “Today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. The headlines: Lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad.” USA Today (1/8, Szabo) reports that the new guidelines, from the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend “limiting the amount of added sugars in our diet to no more than 10% of daily calories,” which is approximately “12 teaspoons of sugar a day.” The Los Angeles Times (1/8, Healy) reports, “Essentially, the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans nudges the country’s nutritional policy toward a traditional Mediterranean diet.” The AP (1/8, Jalonick) reports that reducing “sodium intake was the major push of the 2010 guidelines, and that document recommended that those most at risk of heart disease, or about half the population, lower their intake to 1,500 mg.” However, “the new guidelines delete that lower amount as part of the top recommendations.” But, “the report says those with high blood pressure and prehypertension could benefit from a steeper reduction.” However, according to the New York Times (1/8, A3, O’Connor), “the guidelines were also notable for what they did not say.” Although “draft recommendations had […]
Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a major birth defect. Become an active participant in Birth Defects Prevention Month and join a nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact. Not all birth defects can be prevented; however, all women, including teens, can lower their risk of having a baby born with a birth defect by following some basic health guidelines throughout their reproductive years. This year we are encouraging all women to make a PACT for prevention. Plan ahead Avoid harmful substances Choose a healthy lifestyle Talk to your doctor Women and their loved ones can participate in their PACT and take these important preventive steps that can lead to a reduction in the number of birth defects. Learn more about the effect you can have on birth defects at www.nbdpn.org/bdpm2015.php.
Study: Eating slowly may aid weight loss, prevent obesity Researchers found that children who were instructed to take a bite of food every 30 seconds lost between 2% and 5.7% of their weight after six months and reduced their weight by 3.4% to 4.8% after a year, while those in the faster eating group gained 4.4% to 5.8% of their weightin six months and increased their weight by 6.5% to 8.2% over a year. The findings in Pediatric Obesity were based on 54 children ages 6 to 17. Examiner.com (1/10
The NPR (1/12, Bichell) “Shots” blog reports that a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed 21 studies of treatment methods for lower back pain, “involving over 30,000 people in total.” The findings show that “back belts and show insoles didn’t seem to offer a benefit,” and that any kind of exercise “reduced the risk of repeated lower-back pain in the year following an episode between 25 and 40 percent.” In a corresponding editorial, Dr. Tim Carey at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill writes that healthcare providers don’t prescribe exercise enough, pointing out that “fewer than half of patients participate in an exercise program, even if they have long-term back pain.” Carey discovered that passive treatments, like ultrasound or orthotic insoles, were far more common. The discrepancy may be because of the health industry’s focus on “sellable products, and exercise isn’t one.” TIME (1/12, Sifferlin) adds that about 80 percent of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. While exercise was found to be effective, “the researchers say it’s unclear whether these effects would last beyond a year.” The study authors write, “This finding raises the important issue that, for exercise to remain protective against future [lower back […]
Researchers found that more than 89% of US adults and over 90% of children consume more salt than is recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report notes that excessive sodium intake may increase blood pressure, which can raise the risk of heart disease and stroke. HealthDay News
Two types of children’s cough syrup are being recalled after dosing cups with incorrect markings were included in the packaging, prompting concerns that children could become sick after an accidental overdose. The Perrigo Company is voluntarily recalling two batches of its children’s guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of its children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml) after a dosing cup with the wrong markings was included with the 4 oz. bottles. The medications are sold at nine major stores under different brand names across the country. The 4 oz. guaifensin grape liquid was sold at H.E.B and CVS while the 4 oz. guaifenesin DM cherry liquid was sold in Rite-Aid, Kroger, CVS, Dollar General, Sunmark, Topcare, GoodSense and Care One. Abcnews..com http://abcnews.go.com/Health/childrens-cough-syrup-recall-parents/story?id=36239679
The Washington Post (1/15, A1, Phillips) reports in a front-page story the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday “issued a travel alert urging pregnant women not to visit Brazil or about a dozen other countries in the region where mosquitoes have spread the” Zika virus. On NBC Nightly News (1/15, story 6, 1:55, Holt), Tom Costello reported “researchers believe Zika is behind a dramatic spike in the number of newborns with microcephaly, babies born with abnormally small heads and brains who often die.” The New York Times (1/15, Mcneil, Subscription Publication) reports the CDC extended the travel advisory “to 13 Latin American or Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico.” According to the Times, “This appears to be the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to avoid a specific region” and it “could affect the Summer Olympics, set for Brazil in August.” Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, chief of vector-borne diseases for the CDC, warned, “This virus is spreading throughout the Americas. We didn’t feel we could wait.” Meanwhile, on the CBS Evening News (1/16, story 7, 2:05, Pelley), Marlie Hall reported, “The first US case of a baby infected” with the Zika virus has been reported in Hawaii. Officials, according to CBS, said the mother […]
The CDC has expanded to 22 the number of countries and territories pregnant women should not visit due to the risk of contracting Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease that may be causing microencephaly in infants born to infected mothers. Although initial concern has focused on Brazil, where 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported with a major uptick since 2010, the World Health Organization said today that the virus will likely reach all of the Americas except Chile and Canada. Reuters (1/25), CNN (1/22)
Reuters (1/19, Rapaport) reports a study published Tuesday in JAMA found that families of patients dying of cancer were more satisfied with end-of-life care when treatment is focused on comfort in a hospice rather than aggressive treatment in a hospital’s intensive care unit. Fifty-nine percent of relatives reported a better end-of-life experience when patients received hospice care for at least three days, compared with 43 percent of relatives when patients received hospice care for less than three days, or none at all. Additionally, 45 percent of family members reported excellent care when the cancer patient was admitted to an ICU within the last month of dying, compared with 52 percent when patients did not receive the aggressive treatment.
CBS News (1/21, Marcus) reports on a public service ad campaign to encourage people to be checked for prediabetes launched by the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ad Council. One of the PSAs features a doctor asking viewers to answer questions including: “Are you a man? Are you over 60? Are you inactive? Are you overweight? Does type 2 diabetes run in your family?” Other PSAs include the same actor talking “to some typical prediabetes patients – the busy mom, the guy stuck in traffic, the slightly tubby ‘bacon lover,’” and then letting viewers know that “a doctor can test your blood sugar.” HealthDay (1/21, Preidt) reports the message of the campaign is “no one is excused from diabetes.” It also includes “a short online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.” that “can also be taken through texts and interactive TV and radio announcements.” The CDC issued a news release announcing the campaign, in which AMA President-Elect Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said, “As soon as someone discovers they may be at risk of prediabetes, they should talk with their physician about further testing to confirm their diagnosis and discuss the necessary lifestyle changes […]
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Burn Awareness Week this year is focusing on scald injury prevention, which is one of the most common burns that children can suffer. Visit HeathyChildren.com for advice on how to prevent and treat burns, and also information about how to prevent hot items that children take out of the microwave from causing a burn that can result in an injury requiring a visit to the emergency room—Microwave Safety Tips to Prevent Burns.
The Wall Street Journal (1/27, Winslow, Subscription Publication) reports that in a statement yesterday, the US’ National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers called for all kids to complete the three-shot HPV vaccine regimen. The Baltimore Sun (1/27, McDaniels) reports that the centers “called the potential spread of” HPV “a ‘public health threat’ and urged doctors to be advocates on the issue.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/27, Schmitt) reports that just “forty percent of girls and 21 percent of boys in the United States are receiving the recommended three doses of the HPV vaccine, according to the CDC.” Those rates are far below “the desired goal of 80 percent by the end of the decade, set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Healthy People 2020 mission.”
We celebrate our employee birthdays with a homemade birthday cake of their choice. This week our employee wanted a Strawberry Lemonade Layer cake, we wanted to share the recipe with you. Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake 1 Cup of butter, softened 2 Cups granulated sugar 4 Large eggs, separated 3 Cups cake flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. table salt 1 Cup milk 1 Tbsp. lemon zest 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon Juice Shortening Strawberry- Lemonade Jam Strawberry Frosting Preheat the oven to 350, bake for 16-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients: add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low seed just until blended. Stir in zest and juice. Beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-third of egg whites into batter; fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter into 4 greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake […]
TIME (1/27, Oaklander) reports that in a study published Jan. 27 in the BMJ, “researchers found that one little-understood group of compounds – flavonoids – might be partly responsible for the weight-loss power of produce.” Newsweek (1/27, Firger) reports that the study involved “124,086 men and women over age 24.” In the study, scientists found that “fruits and vegetables rich in anthocyanins, flavonols, flavonoid polymers, and flavan-3-ols” appear to be “highly beneficial for weight control.” HealthDay (1/27, Doheny) reports that “apples, pears, berries and peppers were on the list of flavonoid-rich produce that seemed to make a difference, the researchers found.”
If you are an existing patient you can now choose to check in at our new Kiosks located at either side of the reception window. It is very easy to use, simply touch the begin button on the screen and follow the prompts. The benefits include, not having to wait in line for a receptionist resulting in a quicker check-in process. We can even capture an image of your Driver’s License and Insurance card using the card holder located on the back of the kiosk. We have placed them at different heights to accommodate everyone’s needs. We will still have two receptionists checking in patients if you are new, need lab work, or would prefer not to use the kiosk.
The CBS News (1/28, Marcus) website reports that if nearly “every new mother breastfed her baby, more than 800,000 children’s lives would be saved every year and thousands of future breast cancer deaths could be avoided,” research published online Jan. 28 in The Lancet suggests. The study also demonstrated that “high-income countries are especially lagging behind low- and middle-income countries when it comes to the length of time women breastfeed.”
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Face-to-face beats technology for social interaction among young people Preteens and young adults may benefit more from the social advantages of face-to-face interaction compared with text messaging and social media, according to two studies presented at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology convention. One of the studies followed 51 preteens and found that those who spent days without technology were better in reading nonverbal clues than those who used technology. For young women, in-person interaction was better in relieving stress through emotional support, compared with text messaging, according to the other study. HealthDay News (1/29)
CBS News (2/1, Marcus) reports that research suggests “getting regular exercise not only reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, it can increase the chance of survival if a heart attack does happen, compared to people who aren’t in very good shape.” TIME (2/1, Park) reports that investigators “studied the electronic health records of more than 2,000 men and women who took a treadmill test as a way to measure how fit they were.” Individuals “with the highest fitness scores were 40% less likely to die after their first heart attack than those with lower fitness scores.” The researchers also found that “a third of the people with the lowest fitness died within a year of their first heart attack.” The findings were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
On its website, NBC News (2/1, Fox) reports that research published in Pediatrics found “that women who ate more fiber in their late teens and 20s had a much lower risk of breast cancer later.” The “20-year study of more than 90,000 women” indicated that participants “who ate the most fiber while young had a 16 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who ate the least and a 24 percent lower risk of having breast cancer before menopause.” CBS News (2/1, Marcus) reports on its website that lead author Maryam Farvid “said the findings show that each additional 10 grams per day increase in fiber intake during adolescence reduced the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent.”
You can now CHEK-IN to our new kiosk using your Healow App! We have two kiosks on either side of the Reception window Simply click “Touch to begin” Choose the 3rd option “Scan QR Code” Open up your Healow App on your PHONE & Click on “CHECK-IN” Once you click “CHECK-IN” the QR Code will appear The kiosk will then ask to take a picture of your QR Code Simple hold your phone at about 6 inches away & facing the Camera ( If your phone is to close the QR code will appear Fuzzy) Once the Kiosk has acknowledged your appointment, you will be prompted to confirm your demographic information.
We had an employee request a Chocolate and Candy cake for their birthday. Our interpretation of that was to make a Kit Kat cake. It turned out really good! For the Cake 1 (18.25oz) box of chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package instructions For the frosting 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 (16oz) can of chocolate fudge frosting 3 3/4 cup (1 pound) powdered sugar 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream (more if needed) for decorations 11 (1.5oz) Kit Kat candy bars (you’ll need 42 sticks total) Two (19.20oz) bags of M&M’s 12-inch cake board Ribbon of your choice Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pre-cut parchment paper (trace shape of pan onto paper and trim to fit in pan). Spray more cooking spray. Set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Fill prepared pans equally with cake batter. Bake according to package instructions. Let them cool. Then cover and put in freezer for 1 hour. You can skip this step, but the cake is much easier to handle when it is chilled and firm. Meanwhile, scoop the chocolate fudge frosting into […]
New “Little Laura” video on medication dosing In a newly released episode of The Healthy Children Show, Little Laura shares her top five safety tips for dosing and giving liquid medication. Parents are reminded to always use the dosing device that comes with their child’s medicine, never teaspoons or tablespoons, especially not spoons taken from a kitchen drawer.
New Spanish-language dental health website now online The Campaign for Dental Health announces its new Spanish language website: Spanish.ILikeMyTeeth.org. Find information on fluoride and preventing children’s tooth decay. A search function makes it easy to ask questions and find answers about fluoridation. Resources for parents, families and health professionals are easy to download and share.
Report: Vaccines may help reduce antibiotic use, fight drug resistance A UK report showed that increased use of existing vaccines would reduce antibiotic use and help combat drug-resistant superbug infections. Treasury Minister Jim O’Neill said universal coverage with a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine could mostly prevent the 800,000 annual Streptococcus pneumonia-related deaths in children younger than 5 and prevent more than 11 million days of antibiotic use. Reuters (2/11), Financial Times (tiered subscription model)(2/11)
Researchers identify symptoms of teething Babies who are teething may be a little crankier, rub their irritated gums or drool more, but they rarely suffer from fevers above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or show any other signs of illness, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers also note that appetite loss, diarrhea, and sores or blisters around the mouth aren’t attributed to teething. HealthDay News (2/18)
The Wall Street Journal (2/18, A3, McKay, Subscription Publication) reports that yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report revealing that about one-third of adults in the US appear to be getting insufficient sleep. The AP (2/18, Stobbe) reports that “South Dakota has the largest proportion of residents who get at least seven hours of sleep each night,” while Hawaii “has the lowest proportion.” After surveying some 444,000 US adults in 2014, the CDC “also found that while two-thirds of white people nationally got enough sleep, only about half of blacks, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders did.” The NBC News (2/18, Fox) website quotes the CDC report, which said, “Sleeping less than seven hours per night is associated with increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress, and all-cause mortality.”
The Wall Street Journal (2/29, D1, Landro, Subscription Publication) reports that there is increasing evidence that over-the-counter nutritional supplements may interfere with a host of prescription drugs for a variety of common conditions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding research around the nation into possible adverse interactions between supplements and prescription medicines.
AAP recently launched “Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For,” an interactive online tool for parents of children ages 5 and under to use when they are concerned about their child’s motor development.
LEMON CHIFFON CAKE Prep:10 min Cook Time:30 min Bake Temp: 350 unless using dark non stick then bake at 325 Ingredients 1 ¾ cups cake flour 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided ½ cup vegetable or canola oil 6 large eggs, separated ¾ cup cold orange juice 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon zest ½ teaspoon cream of tarter For the cake In a med bowl, whisk together the six egg yolks, oil lemon juice, lemon zest and orange juice.In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup of sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix until smooth and set aside. In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites and cream of tarter until light and foamy. Slowly add in ½ cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir about 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the cake batter and mix. Gently fold in the remaining egg white mixture. Divide the batter between the 3 prepared pans. Spray pans and put parchment paper on bottom. Bake for approximately […]
March is National Nutrition Month Nutrition is important for children’s health, growth and development. National Nutrition Month is a good time to remind caregivers that children should consume a variety of foods from the five major food groups every day. It also can be a good time to raise awareness of resources that can help children and families who may not have access to adequate nutrition. Children living in poverty have higher rates of hunger and 22% of all children live in a household that is food insecure at some point during the year. Get more information on childhood nutrition and hunger on the AAP website
CBS News (3/8, Welch) reports on its website that while “mobile health apps are a popular way to track personal information for overall health and fitness as well as specific medical conditions,” a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “suggests they may pose some serious privacy concerns.” STAT (3/8, Boodman) reports that researchers found “more than 80 percent of the 211 diabetes apps studied did not have privacy policies.” Additionally, “out of a randomly selected subset of 65 apps, 56 of them (86 percent) used tracking cookies, which could allow them to send information about the user to other companies, such as marketing firms.”
About 7% to 20% of school-age children don’t eat lunch at least once a week and are more likely to be deficient in several essential minerals and vitamins A, D, E and K, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The findings, based on 2009-10 and 2011-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data involving almost 4,800 youths, ages 4 to 18, also showed similar sugar and solid fat intakes between youths who skipped lunch meals and those who didn’t. Reuters (3/8)
We celebrated another Birthday at the office KEYLIME CHEESECAKE Crust 1 cup crushed Vanilla wafers 3 Tablespoons sugar 4 Tablespoons butter melted FILLING 1 ¼ Cups sugar 1 Tablespoon lime zest ¼ cup keylime juice 1 ½ pounds cream cheese, softened 4 lg eggs room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ teaspoons salt ½ cup heavy cream 1 Tablespoon butter melted KEYLIME CURD 1/3 cup key lime juice 2 lg eggs plus 1 lg egg yolk ½ cup sugar 2 Tablespoons butter, cut ½ inch pieces and chilled 1 Tablespoons heavy cream ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ,and a pinch of salt KEYLIME CHEESECAKE DIRECTIONS For the Crust: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Process cookies in food processor to fine crumbs about 30 seconds .Add sugar and pulse 2 to 3 times to incorporate. Add melted butter in slow, steady stream while pulsing: pulse until mixture is evenly moistened and resembles wet sand, about 10 pulses. Empty crumbs into 9-inch spring form pan and, using bottom of ramekin or dry measuring cup, press crumbs firmly and evenly into pan bottom, keeping sides as clean as possible. Bake crust until fragrant and golden brown, 15 […]
The Washington Post (3/9, Cha) reports in “To Your Health” that a study published in the BMJ found that there is no credible evidence that Nestlé’s 100 percent whey-protein partially hydrolyzed infant formula prevents allergic or autoimmune diseases. The researchers claim that the evidence used to support such claims was “low quality” and that there were several “high or unclear” risks of bias, as well as potential conflicts of interest in the studies used to support the formula’s approval. The study “reviewed information from 37 different trials from 1946-2015, involving 19,000 participants.”
The New York Times (3/10, Bakalar) “Well” blog reports that research suggests “the more hours you work, the greater your risk for heart disease.” Investigators “found that for each additional hour of work per week over 10 years, there was a 1 percent increase in the risk for heart disease.” The findings were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The Ideal LPN or Certified Medical Assistant is enthusiastic, engaged, willing and ready to provide care in a private office clinic, striving to achieve high quality performance thresholds as a sincere, committed team member. Committed and open to collaborating in our work Brings energy and suggestions to daily clinic huddle prior to patient care Team oriented and gets along with everyone, able to joyfully and mindfully communicate with others Is forward-thinking in all matters pertaining to work and patient satisfaction Seeks to achieve high performance thresholds for positive patient outcomes Is a good listener Volunteers for projects and team activities involving quality improvements Demonstrates a desire to identify patient needs Open to learning how we do things and committed to learning that system and contributing to it Works with physicians and support staff to coordinate patient care Accurate documentation through electronic medical record system Meticulous record keeping Perform vitals Medication reconciliation EKGs Lab tests Tele-Health Vaccinations Phone triage and test resultsCommitted to own professional development Engages in team training, meetings and educational opportunities OSHA compliance HIPAA compliance DHEC compliance On-going Clinical Quality Measurement programs Willing to travel to better the working relationships of the practice Conferences and Seminars Inspiring Demonstrates […]
The Connecticut Post (3/9, Cuda) reports that a news release by the Food and Drug Administration warns that health fraud is prevalent among “dietary supplements” sold from ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. According to the FDA, healthcare scammers target their advertising towards individuals who shop at nontraditional places and often have a limited understand of English or a lack of access to traditional healthcare.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Physicians and Staff at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine
Skipping breakfast tied to increased weight among students Researchers found that children who skipped breakfast or didn’t eat breakfast regularly were twice as likely to be overweight or obese, compared with those who ate breakfast at home and again at school. The findings in Pediatric Obesity, based on nearly 580 students in 12 urban middle schools followed from fifth to seventh grade, also showed no significant weight differences between those who ate two breakfasts and those who didn’t. HealthDay News (3/17)
On its website, CBS News (3/14, Welch) reports a study found that quitting “cold turkey” is the most effective way to stop smoking. Lead researcher Dr. Nicola Lindson-Hawley says, “With addictions other than smoking, we aim to get people to cut down gradually rather than stop abruptly. But with smoking, the norm is to advise people to stop all at once.” The study (3/15) was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Los Angeles Times (3/14, Healy) describes the methodology of the study in which one group of smokers was instructed to quit immediately, or “cold turkey”, and the other group was instructed to gradually reduce how much they smoked over a period of two weeks. The study found that after six months, 22% of the group that was instructed to quit immediately had stopped smoking, but only 15.5% of the group that was instructed to slowly reduce their smoking had stopped smoking.
Double dose of varicella vaccine in children linked to better protection Researchers found that two-dose varicella vaccination, first at age 1 and second at ages 4 to 6, had a slightly more than 97% effectiveness in preventing chickenpox. The findings in Pediatrics were based on 533 children with and without chickenpox in Philadelphia and northern Los Angeles. HealthDay News (3/14)
From infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleep time problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what the difficulty may be – getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares – it’s never too late to take steps to correct it. The AAP book “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know” helps parents and caregivers better understand sleep, answers questions and examines conflicting theories.
We celebrated another Birthday at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine with the famous Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake. Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake 1 Cup of butter, softened 2 Cups granulated sugar 4 Large eggs, separated 3 Cups cake flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. table salt 1 Cup milk 1 Tbsp. lemon zest 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon Juice Shortening Strawberry- Lemonade Jam Strawberry Frosting Preheat the oven to 350, bake for 16-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients: add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low seed just until blended. Stir in zest and juice. Beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-third of egg whites into batter; fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter into 4 greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans.2 ½ cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries¼ cup fresh lemon juice 3 Tbsp. cornstarch […]
On its website, ABC News (3/18) reports that a report from the non-profit Safe Kids Worldwide indicates that approximately “160 children go to a hospital emergency room every day as a result of accidental medicine overdoses.” The report found that “60,000 young children were seen in ERs across the country in 2013 after ingesting pain relievers, prescription drugs or vitamins that adults left either on the ground, in cabinets, in pill organizers, in a purse or diaper bag, or on countertops where children were able to reach the medication.”
Gerber Products Company is voluntarily recalling specific Organic pouch products after identifying a packaging defect that may result in product spoilage during transport and handling. Because of our commitment to high quality, Gerber is working to retrieve from retailers and online stores the remaining pouches from the four affected batches of GERBER® Organic 2ND FOOD pouches that fail to meet our quality standards.
The NBC News (3/25, Brunker) website reports that in a new report released Friday, the Inspector General’s Office of the US Department of Health and Human Services “said that 96 percent of the 227 commercial day-care centers and in-home providers that its auditors visited were found to be in violation of at least one state safety or health regulation.” According to NBC, “many had multiple infractions, including such shockingly obvious safety hazards as protruding rusty nails, dog feces in play areas, unlocked liquor accessible to kids and filthy restroom facilities.” George Nedder, the acting deputy regional inspector general who led the investigation, said the audit “found 186 people who lacked a criminal records check either caring for children directly or present in the facility – in one case, living in the basement of a child-care provider.”
Researchers link less sleep to reduced insulin sensitivity in teens A study in JAMA Pediatrics showed adolescents who slept fewer than eight hours each night had reduced insulin sensitivity, compared with those who got more sleep. The findings, based on 615 teens ages 10 to 19, revealed that sleep-deprived teens also had a higher weight relative to their height and a larger circumference in their waist and neck. Reuters (3/22)
In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (3/22, Cha) reports, “A study conducted by Oregon State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has awarded nearly every adult in the country a failing grade” when it comes to healthy lifestyles. The Oregonian (3/22, Frazier) reports that just “2.7 percent of adults nationwide have all four basic healthy characteristics” necessary for a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study “examined if adults were successful in four areas that fit typical advice for a ‘healthy lifestyle’ – moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage.” Included in the study were “4,745 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports, “Overall, 71 percent of the adults surveyed did not smoke, 38 percent ate a healthy diet, 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage and 46 percent got sufficient amounts of physical activity,” the study found. But, “11 percent” of those surveyed “had none” of the healthy lifestyle factors, the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found.
The New York Times (3/22, Rabin) “Well” blog reports that research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests “many people” with chronic lower back pain “may find relief with a form of meditation that harnesses the power of the mind to manage pain.” This technique, known as “mindfulness-based stress reduction [MBSR], involves a combination of meditation, body awareness and yoga, and focuses on increasing awareness and acceptance of one’s experiences, whether they involve physical discomfort or emotional pain.” Study participants “were randomly assigned in equal numbers to either mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, or to continue doing what they were already doing.” The Washington Post (3/22, Cha) reports that “at 26 weeks, 61 percent of those in the meditation group reported improvement in the activities they could do, compared with 58 percent in the CBT group and 44 percent for those who stuck to their usual routines.” The findings regarding “pain improvement were similar, with 55 percent in the meditation group reporting improvement compared with 45 percent in the CBT group and 27 percent in the usual care group.” The researchers found that “the numbers were similar when rechecked at 52 weeks.”
Study links childhood well-being to future heart risks Childhood well-being or psychosocial factors may affect the risk in adulthood of developing calcium deposits that block coronary arteries, which can raise the risk of heart attacks, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Stephen Daniels of Children’s Hospital Colorado commented the important message from the study is that childhood stress can have many adverse effects, so parents should help children avoid it. Reuters (3/15)
Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere is a national initiative led by the CDC to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. The goal is to increase awareness about violence prevention, promote prevention techniques and provide guidance to communities. Learn more at STRYVE
How To Cut Down On Added Sugar In Your Life Laura Schmidt, a sugar scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, shared six ways we can cut down on added sugar intake. Check them out and see what changes you can make in your life to eat less added sugar. Strategy 1: Stop buying sugary drinks. Strategy 2: Get it out of your environment. Strategy 3: Delay age of first consumption for kids. Strategy 4: Be wary of foods that come in boxes, bags and cans. Strategy 5: Build a supportive community that cares about healthy eating. Strategy 6: Get politically active. From: email@example.com
The Washington Post (3/22, Bernstein) reports in “To Your Health” that the Food and Drug Administration announced that “it will require new warnings about the risk of addiction, abuse, overdose and death for short-acting opioid pain medications.” The boxed warning for immediate-release opioids “also will warn of the danger that chronic use of the drugs by pregnant women can result in…Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome” in newborns. The new warnings “will emphasize that immediate-release opioids should be a last resort for severe pain.” The New York Times (3/22, A13, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) reports that “the new labels also include ‘clearer instructions’ for directions like initial drug dose and dose changes during therapy.”
Reuters (3/22, Rapaport) reports that evidence regarding the health and longevity benefits of moderate drinking may be flawed, according to the findings of an 87-study review published March 22 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The CBS News (3/22, Marcus) website reports that after analyzing the studies, investigators “found what they call an ‘abstainer bias’ in most of the” research. In other words, “when researchers compared moderate drinkers with non-drinkers, the non-drinking group often included people who don’t consume alcohol due to other health issues, such as former drinkers who stopped.” That “abstainer bias” may “have made the moderate drinkers – those who downed anywhere from one drink per week to one or two drinks a day – seem healthier by comparison.”
Report examines accidental medicine poisoning in US children Accidental medicine poisoning affects nearly 60,000 US youths per year and 70% of emergency department visits are for children ages 1 to 2, according to a Safe Kids Worldwide report. The findings showed that 48% of cases were caused by grandparents’ medications, compared with 38% of cases due to medications that belonged to parents.HealthDay News (3/21)
TIME (3/24, Sifferlin) reports, “just a single serving of some fruit drinks, like juice and smoothies, contain an entire day’s sugar allotment for a child,” a study published online March 23 in BMJ Open suggests. After analyzing “the sugar content of 100% fruit juices, juice drinks and bottled smoothies that were marketed to children,” investigators then “calculated the amount of ‘free sugar’ in each drink, which was defined as sugars added by the manufacturer – including glucose and fructose – as well as sugars in items like honey or syrups.” According to US News & World Report (3/24, Costa), researchers found that “eighty-five juice drinks – which account for more than 40 percent of the total sample of products – were packed with at least 19 grams of free sugars.” Just “six products in the study match current dietary guidelines in the UK, which recommends that a serving of fruit juice, drink or smoothie should be no more than 150 mL.”