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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 administrator of the EPA's New England office. "New Englanders need to pay close attention to air-quality alerts and limit strenuous outdoor activity on air-quality alert days. In addition, we can all take individual actions to reduce the air pollution that contributes to this public health risk," he said in an agency news release. As part of Air Quality Awareness Week May 2-6, the EPA outlined four steps you can take to reduce air pollution, including: Use public transit or walk whenever possible. Set ... Read more

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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 all," said lead researcher Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra. Such misuse has helped fuel the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which infect 2 million Americans and kill 23,000 every year, said Fleming-Dutra, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotics are most misused in the treatment of short-term respiratory conditions, such as colds, bronchitis, sore throats, and sinus and ear infections, the researchers reported. "About half of ... Read more

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'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 likely to report symptoms consistent with a condition called "sick building syndrome" – which include dizziness, headaches, nausea and eye irritation. The research, reported in the American Journal of Public Health, did not find a cause-and-effect link that proves green housing improves people's respiratory health. But it makes sense that it would, said lead researcher Meryl Colton, who was at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston when the study was conducted. It's known that ... Read more

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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 times higher for kids with sleep apnea, versus other children. Experts said the findings, reported online Sept. 21 in the journal Pediatrics, should not scare parents away from a procedure that could help their kids. Instead, they said, doctors should be aware that children with sleep apnea have higher odds of respiratory complications, such as low oxygen levels in the blood, during and shortly after the procedure. Parents also need to be aware – since breathing difficulties can arise later ... 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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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 worldwide could be significant. "The high frequency of use of disinfecting cleaning products, caused by the erroneous belief, reinforced by advertising, that our homes should be free of microbes, makes the modest effects reported in our study of public health concern," the researchers wrote. The study was led by Lidia Casas of the Center for Environment and Health at KU Leuven in Leuven, the Netherlands. Her team looked at more than 9,000 children, aged 6 to 12, in the Netherlands, Finland and Spain. ... Read more

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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 study's authors and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said in a McMaster University news release. "The good news is that we now have evidence that indicates ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil] is safe for these kids, and is just as effective in controlling their pain, so there's a good alternative available for clinicians to prescribe," he added. In recent years, many doctors began prescribing morphine to young tonsillectomy patients after Canadian and U.S. health officials ... Read more

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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 less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more

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Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 – Black and Hispanic children, and those from poor families, are at increased risk for complications after tonsil removal surgery, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 80,000 children who underwent tonsillectomies in California, Florida, Iowa and New York in 2010 and 2011. Within two weeks after surgery, about 8 percent of the children saw a doctor for complications such as bleeding, pain, dehydration and fever, the study authors said. Black and Hispanic children were more likely to suffer complications than white children, according to the study. The researchers also found that children in the poorest families were 1.5 times more likely to have complications and 1.3 times more likely to have bleeding than those in the wealthiest families. The findings were published online recently in the journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. ... Read more

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Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children, but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids' weight gain – especially if they're already overweight. The researchers said that's a concern, because obesity is a risk factor for a range of health problems – including, ironically, sleep apnea. But they're not advising against tonsillectomy for kids who need it. Instead, they said, doctors and parents should be aware that a healthy diet and exercise become even more important after children have the surgery. "You can't just treat the sleep apnea. You have to have nutrition and lifestyle counseling, too," said lead researcher Dr. Eliot Katz, a respiratory disease specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. A pediatric sleep specialist who was not involved in the study agreed. "Nutrition and exercise are just as important as treating ... Read more

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Complication Rate After Adult Tonsillectomy Higher Than Thought

Posted 7 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 – Twenty percent of adults who get their tonsils removed develop complications, a new study shows. The complication rates are much higher than those reported in previous research, according to the authors of the study in the April issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Of those with complications, 10 percent had to visit an emergency department and about 1.5 percent were hospitalized, according to the study. The figures are based on an analysis of data from U.S. patients with employer-sponsored insurance who had outpatient tonsillectomy between 2002 and 2007. Within 14 days of having their tonsils removed, 6 percent of patients with complications were treated for bleeding, 2 percent for dehydration, and 11 percent for ear, nose or throat pain. On average, the cost of tonsil removal without complications was $3,832, compared with $6,388 for a ... Read more

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Study Finds Tonsillectomy Just as Safe for Adults as Kids

Posted 30 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 – A new study offers reassurance for adults who need to have their tonsils removed – the procedure has low complication and low death rates. Tonsil removal (tonsillectomy) is a common type of surgery, but there is little information about the safety of the operation in adults, the researchers noted. The new study was published online Jan. 30 in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,900 U.S. adults who underwent tonsillectomy between 2005 and 2011. Of these patients, 1.2 percent had complications, 3.2 percent required another operation, and 0.03 percent died within 30 days after surgery, according to a journal news release. The most common complications were pneumonia (27 percent of complications), urinary tract infections (27 percent) and surgical site infections (16 percent). The findings show that ... Read more

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After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Posted 3 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 3 – An over-the-counter painkiller is as effective as prescription drugs in controlling pain after people have their tonsils removed, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 25 children and adults and found that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) managed their pain after tonsillectomy as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen (Tylenol) with hydrocodone, and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children. "Based on this study and the FDA warning about the risks of children taking any medication with codeine, we recommend that children receive over-the-counter ibuprofen after a tonsillectomy," study author Dr. Robert Standring, in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, said in a system news release. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that children not ... Read more

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Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

Posted 2 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 2 – Adults with recurrent sore throats might benefit from getting their tonsils removed, according to a new study from Finland. People tend to think of tonsillitis – sore and swollen tissues at the back of the throat – as occurring in childhood. However, many adults suffer from recurrent sore throats that result when tonsils are inflamed by bacteria living within. These constant infections can lead to repeated courses of antibiotics and reduce a patient's quality of life, experts say. "Adult patients who had disabling pharyngitis [severe sore throat] involving the palatine tonsils more than three times per year benefited from tonsillectomy," said lead study author Dr. Timo Koskenkorva, of the department of otorhinolaryngology at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oulu. "The rate of inflammation of the throat and number of symptomatic days were ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Codeine Use in Certain Children After Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy: Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Rare, But Life-Threatening Adverse Events or Death

Posted 20 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

[UPDATED 02/20/2013] FDA notified the public about new actions being taken to address a known safety concern with codeine use in certain children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy (surgery to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids). A new BOXED WARNING, FDA’s strongest warning, will be added to the drug label of codeine-containing products about the risk of codeine in post-operative pain management in children following tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. A Contraindication, which is a formal means for FDA to make a strong recommendation against use of a drug in certain patients, will be added to restrict codeine from being used in this setting. The Warnings/Precautions, Pediatric Use, and Patient Counseling Information sections of the drug label will also be updated. Health care professionals should prescribe an alternate analgesic for post-operative pain control in children who are ... Read more

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