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Archive: May, 2010

FDA warns: Don’t swallow the itch-stopping gel

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 8:40 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday warned consumers of the potentially serious side effects of swallowing Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter product made by Johnson & Johnson intended for use on the skin. After several reports of injuries due to people mistakenly drinking... Read more

Sweet water could help pain of shots for infants

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 3:37 PM
With both our daughters, my wife and I have fought to see who had to hold the children when they are getting shots. It’s good natured, but both of us really want to avoid the pain it inflicts on us to be the parent when our children have even the fleeting pain of needle pricks for vaccinations... Read more

The consequences of over prescribed heartburn meds

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 8:55 AM
Proton pump inhibitors, such as Nexium, are among the most widely prescribed medications in the United States with nearly 120 million prescriptions filled in 2009 at a cost of $13.6 billion, according to IMS Health, a company with offices in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. that tracks drug sales. These drugs... Read more

Sometimes you should reach for a nut

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 3:09 PM
Actually, if you are trying to lower your cholesterol, about a third of a cup of nuts a day should help, according to a study in Tuesday’s Archives of Internal Medicine. That’s good news if you are like me and gobble down a handful of peanuts or sunflower seeds as a snack that can help... Read more

CHOP recognized for getting staff flu shots

Monday, May 10, 2010, 3:25 PM
The National Influenza Vaccine Summit – a collaborative effort of the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – recognized Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for ensuring that 99.6 percent of “targeted staff” were vaccinated against... Read more

Value of prompt outpatient heart-failure care is affirmed

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 1:26 PM
It certainly makes sense that patients with chronic conditions who see their primary care doctor soon after a hospitalization for that illness do better than people who delay those follow up visits. In Monday’s Health & Science Section my colleague Marie McCullough reports on a study out... Read more

Vaccine combo increases risk of fever seizures in young kids

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 12:02 PM
As if there weren’t enough controversy over children’s vaccines, here comes some more fodder for those opposed to inoculations. Try to follow this because it gets complicated. (Maybe that’s why people are so mistrustful of vaccines. A recent analysis showed that 39 percent of parents... Read more

Obamacare $cams

Friday, May 7, 2010, 8:48 AM
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario has warned consumers, particularly uninsured people, to look out for con artists trying to sell health insurance related to the new federal health law. “No business should be attempting to sell health coverage under the new federal law just yet,”... Read more

Phila VA problems prompts oversight bill

Friday, May 7, 2010, 5:16 PM
Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter introduced legislation Friday that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to regularly report on the quality of care delivered at its hospitals. The bill, which mirrors legislation introduced in the House of Representatives... Read more

A vaccine for cholesterol?

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:46 AM
We have all heard it 1,000 times or more. High cholesterol, particularly “bad” LDL cholesterol, increases our risk of heart disease and stroke due to the buildup of fatty deposits in our arteries – a condition known as atherosclerosis. Today, drugs called statins are the used to... Read more
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