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Think Twice About Tonsil, Adenoid Removal

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections? "We found that long-term risks of diseases – in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases – were substantially increased after surgery up to 30 years of age," said Sean Byars, lead researcher of a ...

Tonsillectomy May Carry More Risks in Kids Age 3 and Under

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – When a child's tonsils become inflamed, surgical removal – a tonsillectomy – is often ordered. But new research suggests more caution may be needed in patients aged 3 or younger. The study of more than 1,800 cases involving children under the age of 6 found that the rate of complications – events such as bleeding or respiratory issues – rose for the youngest ...

Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If your child has had repeated bouts of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils), he or she probably is a candidate for a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils – infection-clearing organs at the back of the throat – swell as a result of a viral or bacterial infection. This can lead to trouble swallowing or even trouble ...

Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller Codeine After Tonsillectomy

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds. At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black box" warning, advising doctors against prescribing codeine to children to control tonsillectomy pain. ...

White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds. For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. "It is encouraging that just 2.6 percent of children ...

Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds. But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added. The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory infection within seven days before the ...

Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – High levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children's risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. "Exposure to heightened air pollution during childhood increases the risk for Hispanic children to become obese and, independent of that, to also develop type 2 diabetes," said study corresponding author Michael Goran. He is co-director of the University of ...

4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Those hazy days of summer may mean high smog levels for some northeastern U.S. states, but you can help reduce air pollution where you live, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Smog is a combination of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution. "Air pollution is a significant public health issue in New England," said Curt Spalding, regional ...

Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Nearly one-third of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren't appropriate for the conditions being treated, a new federal government study shows. "We were able to conclude that at least 30 percent of the antibiotics that are given in doctors' offices, emergency departments and hospital-based clinics are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotics were needed at ...

'Green' Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Low-income families living in "green" public housing may have fewer problems with asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in Boston's newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers in standard public housing. Adults, meanwhile, were less ...

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – Children who have their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnea are more likely to suffer breathing complications than kids who have the procedure for other reasons, a new review shows. Researchers found that across 23 studies, about 9 percent of children undergoing a tonsillectomy developed breathing problems during or soon after the procedure. But the risk was nearly five ...

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 ...

Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes – bleach – might increase children's risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests. The effect was modest and the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products containing bleach every day, the effect on kids ...

Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study. "The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not get codeine either," Dr. Gideon Koren, one of the ...

Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

-- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke. The culprit also may be a virus, notably the common cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs that a virus may be behind your sore throat include: Coughing and sneezing. Watery eyes. A mild headache and general body aches. Runny nose. A fever of ...

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