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Health Tip: Don't Fret About a Fever

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Parents can get pretty worried about fevers in children, but they're not usually something to worry about. The Cleveland Clinic explains these guidelines for when not to worry: A temperature is considered normal, even if it varies, up to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is considered a fever. A fever that lasts for less than five days and your child is behaving pretty normally. Your child may feel tired but plays, eats and drinks as usual. A fever of up to 103 in a child over 3 years of age, or a fever of 102.5 in babies 3 months old and up to age 3. Low-grade fevers that occur within about 48 hours of immunizations. Read more

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Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Knowing how to properly use over-the-counter medications can help prevent serious reactions and interactions. Here's how to read labels, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: The active ingredient, or ingredients, is the first thing on the label and it is the chemical that works to manage the symptoms. Uses, or indications, explain what conditions this medication can treat. Warnings provide safety information, including whether or not you should consult a doctor, side effects and what to avoid when you take this medication. Directions tell you how often to take a medicine and exactly how much to take. Other information explains other important details, such as storage recommendations. Inactive ingredients explain chemicals included that don't treat symptoms. This includes things such as binding agents or preservatives. Questions and comments provides information ... Read more

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Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – A quick genetic test might one day help doctors determine within hours whether a baby's fever is from a virus or a serious bacterial infection. "Doctors have great difficulty in distinguishing whether a child with a high fever has a bacterial or viral infection on clinical features alone," said Dr. Michael Levin. He is a professor of pediatrics and international child health at Imperial College London in England. "As a result, thousands of children each day worldwide undergo investigations to rule out bacterial infection and are generally treated with antibiotics while the results are awaited," said Levin. While viral infections generally resolve without treatment, bacterial infections can be life-threatening, so it's important to identify and treat them. But antibiotic overuse has led to a problem called antibiotic resistance – bacteria that don't respond to ... Read more

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Kids With Mild Asthma Can Take Acetaminophen: Study

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma symptoms in young children, a new study finds. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are often used to treat pain and fever. Some previous research has suggested that frequent use of acetaminophen may worsen asthma in kids with the respiratory condition. To investigate, researchers studied 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5 with mild, persistent asthma, which is defined as having symptoms more than two days a week, but not daily. All of the children used daily inhaled treatments to manage their asthma. During the study, they received either acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat pain or fever. The small percentage of kids whose asthma symptoms worsened was about the same with both medications, according to the study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The ... Read more

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Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients, but too many are misdiagnosed, experts say. Doctors should suspect valley fever in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Each year, about 150,000 people get the often-overlooked infection, and about 160 die from it, the society says. "Valley fever is underdiagnosed in part because past guidelines were directed to the specialists, whereas most of these patients initially see their primary care physicians, many of whom aren't aware just how common this infection is," guidelines lead author Dr. John Galgiani said in a society news release. The fungi that cause valley ... Read more

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Epilepsy May Triple ADHD Risk, Danish Study Finds

Posted 13 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Children who suffer from epilepsy or fever-related seizures may face a higher risk of also having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new Danish research suggests. The findings echo those of some previous research. But, U.S. experts said the new study is notable because of the large number of study participants – nearly 1 million – and the length of follow-up, which was up to 22 years. The study looked at children born in Denmark from 1990 through 2007, tracking them until 2012. The investigators found those with epilepsy seemed to have nearly three times the risk of developing ADHD compared to children without epilepsy. And children who had fever-related seizures appeared to have an almost 30 percent increased risk of ADHD. Children with both epilepsy and fever-related seizures had a risk of ADHD more than three times higher than those without ... Read more

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Childhood Vaccinations Rarely Spur Seizures, Study Finds

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Certain vaccines can trigger fever-related seizures in young children, but the risk is so low that pediatricians might see one case every five to 10 years, a new study estimates. It has long been known that some vaccines carry a small seizure risk. But the researchers said the new report offers some hard numbers. And it suggests that even when babies and toddlers get three vaccines at once, they only develop fever-related seizures at a rate of 30 per 100,000 – at most. The findings should be "reassuring" to parents, said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Duffy, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Looking at the big picture, the benefits of vaccination are much greater than the risk of febrile [fever-related] seizures," Duffy said. Up to 5 percent of young children will have a fever-related seizure at some point, according to the CDC. It usually ... Read more

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Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression?

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a mild, transient fever, the researchers explained. Similar to some antidepressant drugs, the treatment is thought to work by activating a part of the brain that produces the chemical serotonin. This brain region is less active in people with depression, the researchers explained. "Our hope is to find better and faster-acting treatments for depression than the antidepressants currently in use," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Raison of the University of Wisconsin. "We think that using heat to stimulate the skin activates serotonin-producing cells in the mid-brain, which then produce a change in how the brain functions," he explained in a university ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing a Fever at Home

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While fever is part of the body's defense against illness, it doesn't mean having one is a comfortable experience. To help deal with the symptoms of fever, the University of Portland suggests: Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Never give a child aspirin. Soak in a warm or tepid bath to help bring down a fever. Don't take a cool or cold bath. Drink plenty of fluids. Get immediate treatment for complications of fever, such as seizure, difficulty breathing, delirium, severe headache with stiff neck, or fever of 104 degrees or higher. Read more

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Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – Teething can make babies miserable, but it rarely causes fevers above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or any other signs of illness, a new review finds. The analysis, published online Feb. 18 in the journal Pediatrics, found that teething most often just causes babies to be a little crankier, drool more and rub their irritated gums. And while some infants have a slight rise in their temperature, teething usually does not cause a full-fledged fever – or any other signs of illness, according to the researchers led by Dr. Michele Bolan, of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Brazil. It's very common for parents to be confused about whether certain symptoms are related to a baby's teething or an illness, said Dr. Minu George, interim chief of general pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. "I get questions about this on a daily ... Read more

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Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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