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Preventable Adverse Drug Events Usually of Minor Severity in Kids

The incidence of preventable adverse drug events (pADEs) is zero to 17 per 1,000 patient-days in general pediatric wards and zero to 29 in intensive care units, with most pADEs of minor severity, according to a review published online Aug. 10 in Pediatrics. Peter J. Gates, Ph.D., from Macquarie University in Sydney, and colleagues reviewed the incidence...

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Health Tip: Protect Your Voice

-- The human voice is produced by two bands of muscle tissue called vocal folds. When you talk, the folds come together as the air from your lungs travels through them. Air blows through the folds and causes them to vibrate, making sound waves that travel through your mouth, nose and throat. The U.S. National Institutes of Health suggests these tips...

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Health Tip: Differing Thyroid Tests

-- The thyroid is an endocrine gland that makes hormones and helps regulate bodily activities, such as how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Doctors may suggest a thyroid test if they suspect the gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). The U.S. National Library of Medicine says potential tests may...

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Many Children With Asthma Do Not Have Medications Ready

Many low-income urban preschool-aged children with asthma do not meet the criteria for home medication readiness, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Pediatrics. Jennifer A. Callaghan-Koru, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and colleagues examined asthma medication readiness among low-income urban minority preschool-aged...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality in U.S. Pacific Northwest Smoke from wildfires will cause poor air quality in parts of the U.S. Pacific Northwest this week, officials warn. Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through...

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Gut Enzyme Could Help Solve U.S. Blood Shortages

An enzyme found in gut bacteria could convert type A blood into universal type O blood, a scientific feat that would significantly boost blood supplies, a new study suggests. This enzyme converts A blood into O blood approximately 30 times faster than any enzyme on record, and it appears to do it in a safe and effective manner, said lead researcher...

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When a Parent Has Cancer, Kids Suffer Long Term: Study

Children whose parents have cancer are more likely to struggle in school and to have lower incomes as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The study included more than 1 million people born in Denmark from 1978 through 1999. Before their 18th birthday, about one in 20 had a parent diagnosed with cancer. By age 15, those kids had lower grade averages...

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Kids' Play Is Healthy, Pediatricians' Group Says

Play is a child's most important work, preschool teachers like to say, and a new American Academy of Pediatrics report wholeheartedly agrees. Play is a crucial way for kids to develop social and mental skills, head off stress and build a healthy bond with parents, the child health experts say. "We're recommending that doctors write a prescription...

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6 Steps for Promoting Heart Health in Women

While the total number of U.S. deaths from heart disease has declined in recent years, it has stayed the same for younger women. This prompted researchers from Harvard and Indiana universities to look for lifestyle factors that could promote heart health. They analyzed 20 years of records from 89,000 women, aged 27 to 44, who participated in the Nurses'...

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Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May Up Anxiety

Potential side effects of biological agents may increase anxiety in patients with rheumatic disease, according to research published in the June issue of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Yavuz Pehlivan, M.D., of Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey, and colleagues enrolled 1,134 patients with a diagnosis of rheumatic disease who used biological...

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Ambien: Excuse or Escapism?

Ambien…This popular go-to sedative has taken the blame for everything from racial slurs to trashing hotel rooms. But does its usage, particularly among celebrities or billionaires, just remind us that being rich or famous comes with massive expectations, responsibilities, and stress that eventually takes its toll. According to the New York Times, it was a […]

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Improving your Gut Feeling

Two thousand years ago, a wise man called Hippocrates proclaimed that “All diseases begin in the gut”. Unfortunately, it has taken over 1800 years for modern medicine to really take note of his profoundly accurate insightfulness. For many years our digestive system was regarded as little more than a food tube with few functions other […]

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Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special for parents. But they can also be stressful times for new moms and dads caring for a newborn or infant. Your health care provider can be a great resource. A good time to check in is during preventive “well-child” health visits with your child’s pediatrician, says Donna L. […]

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