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What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck. Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing clinical trials testing everything from cough syrups to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive conclusions: Over-the-counter medicines – including cold and cough products and anti-inflammatory painkillers – cannot be recommended. Nor is there evidence supporting most home remedies – though, the group says, honey is worth a shot for kids. Every season, most people probably battle at least one cold-induced cough, said report author Dr. Mark Malesker. And they apparently want relief. In 2015, Americans spent more than $9.5 billion on over-the-counter cold/cough/allergy remedies, according to the report. "But if you look at the ... Read more

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When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it's possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too. When taking care of a sick child, handwashing is more important than ever. All healthy family members should wash frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Do this after every contact with the sick person, their room and bathroom, and any items he or she used. Handwashing is a must after: Every contact with the sick child. Changing diapers. Cleaning soiled linens or clothing. Wiping the child's nose. Forget sharing right now – this extends from food, drinking glasses and utensils to combs, brushes and clothing, including hats and scarves. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your best bet is to create a sick room within your home for the patient, away from ... Read more

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As Temperatures Fall, Heart Attacks May Rise

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – If the cold weather makes you shiver, your blood vessels and heart may be quivering, too – and that may be enough to trigger a heart attack in some people, new research suggests. The study found that more heart attacks occur when temperatures drop below freezing, suggesting people with plaques in their coronary arteries may not cope well with the body's response to cold. "There is seasonal variation in the occurrence of heart attack, with incidence declining in summer and peaking in winter," said study first author Moman Mohammad, a doctoral student from Lund University in Sweden. "It is unclear whether this is due to colder temperatures or behavioral changes," Mohammad said. The body responds to cold by narrowing superficial blood vessels, reducing heat conduction in the skin and raising blood pressure, the researchers explained. The body also shivers and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Sleep if You Have a Cold

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Trying to sleep with a cold can be a miserable battle. It may be difficult to breathe, and you're probably coughing, neither of which make it easy to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Run a humidifier or vaporizer while you sleep. Clean and dry it frequently to prevent mold. Use a foam wedge or stack several pillows to elevate your head. Keep a box of tissues by your bed so you don't have to get up when it's time to blow your nose. Tissues with moisturizing lotion can help comfort an irritated nose. Before bed, rinse your nose with a saline wash. Use nasal strips to help open nasal passages while you sleep. Read more

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What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Choosing an over-the-counter allergy medicine for a child sounds easy enough. But a new survey finds that the wide range of allergy medications, along with dosing and labeling differences, can make it a challenge to select the right medicine for kids. "Parents often face an overwhelming selection of allergy medicine without clear guidelines on how to choose the right one for their child," said pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed. Freed is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. "If parents are unsure how to navigate allergy medication choices, they should always check with their child's health-care provider," Freed said in a university news release. Freed's group surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12 across the United States. More than half of the parents had given allergy ... Read more

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Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Flu activity spiked sharply across the United States this week, federal health officials reported Friday. Deaths from flu-related conditions continued at high levels, and hospitalizations among people over 65 and under the age of 4 are up. So far, 20 children have died from flu, said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "More children have died this year than at the same time last year," said Brammer. "This may end up being a bad year for kids, but we just don't know yet. Deaths look high for this year because last year was light. A lot of this is timing." Overall last year, 128 children died from flu-related complications, according to the CDC. Hospitalizations among people in their 50s and 60s are also increasing, and may actually be outpacing those for children, the CDC reported. Health officials noted ... Read more

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8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – There are a number of ways parents can help give a boost to their child's immune system, a family doctor suggests. "The immune system helps us fight infections," said Dr. Palak Shroff, a family medicine specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "Immunity develops over time, so the more someone gets exposed, the more the immune system develops," Shroff explained in a center news release. "Kids' whole environment is new, but over time, their immunity will develop and get better," she added. Shroff suggested eight keys to helping children minimize their risk of catching every cold and virus that comes their way: Breast-feeding is the first step. It is an important way to help your child develop a strong immune system. "During breast-feeding, the mother's immunity transfers to the child," Shroff said. Vaccination is another crucial factor. ... Read more

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ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack. While shoveling isn't dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should check with a doctor first if they don't get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older. If you must shovel, know the symptoms of a heart attack. Symptoms include: pain in the chest, arm(s), back, neck, jaw or stomach; a cold sweat; shortness of breath; nausea; lightheadedness; and uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness in the center of your chest. "If you are concerned that you may be having a heart attack, you should not hesitate about seeking medical treatment – every minute is crucial when experiencing a heart attack," said Dr. George Becker. He is director of the emergency department ... Read more

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Health Tip: Feeling Under the Weather?

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Even if you're sick with a cold or the flu, don't neglect your teeth, the American Dental Association reminds us. The group offers these suggestions: Don't ever share your toothbrush, especially if you've been sick. It's usually not necessary to get a new toothbrush after you've been sick, unless you have a weak immune system or it's time to toss your brush anyway. If you're using cough drops, opt for sugar free. If you vomit, don't brush your teeth immediately afterward. Instead, swish with water or diluted mouthwash. Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth, which could harm teeth. Read more

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Health Tip: Trying to Unclog That Stuffy Nose?

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter decongestants can spell relief from a stuffy nose, but it's important to use them properly to avoid side effects. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Read and follow package instructions. Do not take more than the recommended dose. Check with your doctor to make sure an OTC decongestant is safe to take with your other meds. Don't take more than one decongestant at a time. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions. Read more

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Flamel Technologies Receives FDA Approval of Akovaz (ephedrine sulfate) for Surgical Hypotension

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

LYON, FRANCE--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ: FLML) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's New Drug Application (NDA) for Akovaz™ (ephedrine sulfate), a drug administered parenterally as a pressor agent to address clinically important hypotension in surgical settings. Flamel obtained NDA approval for Akovaz as scheduled on April 29 and is the first to receive approval from the FDA for ephedrine sulfate. Flamel expects to launch Akovaz during the third quarter 2016 in a strength of 50 mg/mL. "We are very excited to receive FDA approval for Akovaz, the third product from our Éclat portfolio, and in line with the PDUFA date expectations. Revenue expectations associated with this product were included in our previously issued 2016 revenue guidance of $110 - $130 million. Our Éclat portfolio of products, which in ... Read more

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