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Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Although it's no one's favorite method, a rectal thermometer is the best way to determine someone's body temperature, experts say. Accurate body temperature readings are important because they are used to make diagnoses, check for infectious diseases, evaluate whether or not a treatment is working, and guide patient management, the study authors explained. Rectal thermometers are considered the gold standard, the researchers said. But the accuracy of thermometers used in the mouth or under the arm (peripheral thermometers) has been unclear. So, the researchers reviewed 75 published studies. They found that peripheral thermometers are less accurate than rectal thermometers, particularly for low-grade fevers. The findings were published online Nov. 16 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Health care workers should use rectal thermometers when a patient's ... Read more

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Experimental Drug for Blood Cancer Shows Promise

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – An experimental immune-boosting drug shows promise in fighting the blood cancer multiple myeloma, researchers report. Preliminary testing of the drug daratumumab included 72 multiple myeloma patients who had previously received other types of treatment. Their disease had relapsed and no longer responded to treatment. The patients received lower or higher doses of the drug for up to two years. Of the 42 patients who received a higher dose, 36 percent had at least partial remission, including two with complete remission, researchers report. In this group, the disease was held in check for a median of 5.6 months. The researchers also found that two-thirds of patients who benefited from the drug had no advance of their cancer for at least 12 months. Results of the combined phase 1 and 2 study strongly support testing the drug in a larger group of patients, the ... Read more

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Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests. The danger is greatest for patients with weakened immune systems, and the study authors noted that these practices also increase health care costs. Since the consequences of these types of infections can be significant, the researchers wanted to know why health care professionals didn't stay home when they were ill. So, they surveyed doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and midwives. A team of researchers, led by Julia Szymczak of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received anonymous responses from more than 500 health care professionals. The vast majority of those surveyed (95 percent) believed that working while sick put their patients at risk. Still, 83 percent admitted to ... Read more

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U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia Dies of Lassa Fever: CDC

Posted 26 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – A man who returned to the United States after traveling to Liberia in West Africa has died of Lassa fever, federal health officials reported. Lassa fever is a viral disease that's common in West Africa but rarely seen in the United States. This is only the sixth known case of Lassa fever in a traveler returning to the United States since 1969, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last case of Lassa was reported in Minnesota in 2014. There has never been a documented case of person-to-person transmission of Lassa fever in the United States, the CDC added. The death rate for Lassa is about 1 percent, compared with about a 70 percent death rate for Ebola. This latest case of Lassa fever involved a man who traveled from Liberia to Morocco and then on to JFK International Airport in New York City on May 17. He did not have any ... Read more

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Fever in 1st Trimester Might Raise Risk of Birth Defects

Posted 25 Feb 2014 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 – Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds. A number of studies have suggested there's a link between fever during pregnancy and birth defect risk. The new review, reported online Feb. 24 and in the March print issue of Pediatrics, pulls together the results of past work and confirms that there does, in fact, seem to be a connection. But experts stressed that the reasons for the link are not clear. And even if moms' fevers do contribute to the risk of birth defects, it would be a very small increase in actual numbers. "We do want to emphasize that since we are primarily dealing with rare diseases, then the overall risk of having a child suffering from any of these conditions is still very small," said lead researcher Julie Werenberg Dreier, a graduate student at the ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Acetaminophen Prescription Combination Drug Products with more than 325 mg: FDA Statement - Recommendation to Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing

Posted 14 Jan 2014 by

ISSUE: FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury. Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.   Cases of severe liver injury with acetaminophen have occurred in patients who: • took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period; • took more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time; or • drank alcohol while taking a ... Read more

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Temporary Fever May Occur When Kids Under 2 Get 2 Shots at Once

Posted 7 Jan 2014 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 – Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports. While parents should be told about this risk, the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks of fever, the researchers said. The study included 530 children, aged 6 months to 23 months, who were followed for a week after receiving flu and pneumococcal vaccines either separately or at the same time. The annual flu shot is recommended for healthy people over 6 months of age, and the pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for children younger than 5 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 38 percent of the children who received the vaccines at the same time had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher on the day of or the day after vaccination, compared with 9.5 percent of those who ... Read more

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Recall: Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor

Posted 9 Sep 2013 by

MONDAY, Sept. 9 – About 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula, which is used to treat fever and aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger, are being recalled because they may contain tiny plastic particles, Johnson & Johnson says. The recall covers three lots of Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor. The lot numbers of the recalled half-ounce bottles are DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01, the Associated Press reported. The recalled products may contain tiny bits of PTFE, which is a plastic used in Teflon coatings. It's unclear if the recalled bottles actually contain the particles, which were found in a different product during the manufacturing process, J&J's McNeil unit said, the news service reported. Both products contain the same shipment of ibuprofen from a third-party supplier, the company explained. "From our perspective, during the manufacturing process at the ... Read more

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How to Tell If Your Child Is Too Sick for School: Expert

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by

SATURDAY, Jan. 19 – Children often get colds, but when they are not feeling well enough to participate in their normal daily activities or not alert enough to learn or play, they are too sick to go to school, an expert advises. "Young children's immune systems haven't learned to recognize and resist most common viruses," Dr. Robert Key, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Prairie du Chien, Wis., said in a Mayo news release. "That's why, until they're 8 or so, kids seem to bring home everything that's making the rounds at school. Children can typically have six to 10 colds per year." Key added that there are other signs that kids should stay home from school, including: Throwing up two or more times during a 24-hour period, or not being able to keep normal foods or drinks down. A fever of 101 Fahrenheit or higher. Severe coughing or trouble breathing. Repeated severe ... Read more

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Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

Posted 29 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 29 – Women who develop fevers while pregnant may be more than twice as likely to have a child with autism spectrum disorder or another developmental delay, a new study suggests. Exactly how, or even if, fevers may increase the risk for autism is unknown, and experts were quick to say women should not panic if they do develop a fever while pregnant because taking fever-reducing medications cuts the risk. One in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an umbrella term for developmental disorders that can range from mild to severe and that often affect social and communication skills. Little is known about what causes autism or precisely why rates seem to be increasing. Researchers from the University of California, Davis asked the moms of about 1,100 kids with and without ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Baby Has a Fever

Posted 7 May 2012 by

-- When a baby has a fever, parents may be unsure if this warrants a call to the pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatricians offers these guidelines: You must call your pediatrician immediately if your infant is age 2 months or younger, with a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Call the doctor if your child is between 3 months and 6 months old with a fever of 101 degrees or higher, or if baby is older than 6 months with a fever of 103 degrees or higher. Except for these cases, judge your child's symptoms and call the doctor if your child has a severe sore throat or earache, cough or a rash. Call the doctor if your child has a fever with diarrhea or vomiting, is very fussy or is sleeping excessively. If a fever persists in a child older than 1 year for longer than 24 hours, even if there are no other symptoms, call the pediatrician. Read more

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Parents Often Right to Bring Kids With Fever to the ER: Study

Posted 28 Feb 2012 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 28 – Many parents who bring their children to the emergency room with fevers are making the right decision, Dutch investigators report. "Self-referred febrile [feverish] children should not be generalized, and therefore not approached, as a uniform group of non-severely ill patients," said lead researcher Dr. Yvette van Ierland, from the department of pediatrics at Sophia Children's Hospital/Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. "Measures to discourage parents from self-referral are undesirable," she added. "This may potentially result in delayed or missed diagnoses." In general, illnesses that are associated with a fever for which early diagnosis is important are serious bacterial infections, such as meningitis, bacteremia, urinary tract infections or pneumonia, Ierland said. The researchers found that one in four parents properly judged and acted on their ... Read more

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Baby's Fever May Not Signal Teething

Posted 10 Aug 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 – If a baby is cranky, drooling and running a fever, teething often gets the blame. But a new study finds that while a baby's temperature rises slightly on the day he or she actually cuts a tooth, fever is not a symptom of teething – though the drooling and crankiness can be. "There was no association between fever and the eruption of primary teeth," said study author Joana Ramos-Jorge, a doctoral student at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. "This result surprised me because, like much of the population, I also believed that a fever could be a sign of tooth eruption." And though babies are more prone to symptoms such as irritability, sleep disturbances and increased salivation on the day the day tooth erupts and the day after, researchers could not tell which babies were about to cut a tooth based on those symptoms the day before, according to the ... Read more

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Kids' Fevers May Not Always Need Treatment

Posted 28 Feb 2011 by

MONDAY, Feb. 28 – Few things send a parent's fears soaring as quickly as a child's rapidly rising temperature. But, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) attempts to allay those fears by reminding parents that a fever is usually just the body's natural response against illness, and that lowering a fever may actually prolong an illness. The AAP recommends that, in general, parents only treat a fever if it's making their child feel uncomfortable. "Fever is one of the most common reasons that parents contact pediatricians and health-care providers. Parents have concerns, and there are a lot of myths about bad things that can happen with a fever," said the report's lead author, Dr. Janice Sullivan, a professor of pediatric clinical care and clinical pharmacology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Kosair Children's Hospital, in Kentucky. "Sometimes, ... Read more

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Cadence Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Ofirmev (acetaminophen) injection for the Management of Pain and Fever

Posted 3 Nov 2010 by

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing approval for Ofirmev (acetaminophen) injection, the first and only intravenous (IV) formulation of acetaminophen to be approved in the United States. Ofirmev is indicated for the management of mild to moderate pain, the management of moderate to severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics, and the reduction of fever. "The approval of Ofirmev is a significant milestone for Cadence as we advance our mission to improve the lives of hospitalized adults and children," said Ted Schroeder, President and CEO of Cadence. "IV acetaminophen is the unit market share leader among all injectable pain medications in Europe. With our planned launch early in the first quarter of 2011, we believe that Ofirmev will fill a significant gap ... Read more

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