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Friends Keep You Healthy

April 24, 2014
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An interesting study looked at “Long-term illness (LTI) and psychosomatic complaints (PSC)” in children ages 2 – 17 and how these are impacted by leisure time activity. What they found is that “’Reading books’, ‘visiting friends’, ‘listening to music’ and ‘activity in organisations’ were related to an absence of PSC, LTI and well-being. ‘Surfing/blogging...
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Decongestants & Birth Defects

April 8, 2014
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A study looking at decongestants and birth defects found that one of the most common ingredients,  phenylephrine, is associated with a specific birth defect. Researchers found “accumulating evidence supports associations between first-trimester use of specific oral and possibly intranasal decongestants and the risk of some infrequent specific birth defects.” Specifically, when taken during the...
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Tylenol Causes ADHD?

March 25, 2014
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Studies over the past few years have begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as it was once thought. A new study has shown an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the “risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behavioral problems or hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs)...
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Honey for Night-Time Coughs

March 13, 2014
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A study looking at cough suppression for children with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) found that honey was an effective choice. The parents gave their children honey in the evening just before bed time. Researchers found that “parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract (placebo) for symptomatic relief of their...
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Household Product Allergies in Children

February 4, 2014
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Household Product Allergies in Children There are any number of household products that can trigger allergic reactions in children. One that has been recently identified is triclosan. It is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, soap and elsewhere. A study of 10-year old children found that “triclosan concentrations were associated with allergic sensitization, especially inhalant...
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Acetaminophen and Early Childhood Asthma

January 7, 2014
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Previous studies have shown an association between Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, etc.) and asthma symptoms in children. A more recent study looked at how giving acetaminophen to an infant could increase their risk of childhood asthma. The researchers found that “acetaminophen in infancy is associated with early childhood asthma.” While the asthma symptoms appear to...
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A Baby’s Best Friend

December 31, 2013
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Having a dog in your house can have surprising benefits for your baby. Consider what one study discovered about babies who interact with pets at an early age: “children having dogs at home were healthier (ie, had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections) than children with no dog contacts” “children having dog contacts at...
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Antibiotic Overprescribing Continues

October 22, 2013
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The trend of overprescribing antibiotics doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The overuse of antibiotics has given rise to multi-drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs”. Each year these superbugs are responsible for 400,000 infections, 2.5 million hospital days and 25,000 deaths in Europe alone. The annual cost to the European economy (in U.S. dollars) works out...
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Vitamin D Reduces Tooth Decay

September 26, 2013
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Tooth decay, cavities or “caries” as they are called in the dental community are common to most children, particularly those who eat a considerable amount of sweets. While the evidence is not overwhelming, a new study “identified vitamin D as a promising caries-preventive agent, leading to a low-certainty conclusion that vitamin D may reduce...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Hard on Children

August 27, 2013
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Vitamin D deficiency appears to play a role among critically ill children. Sufficient Vitamin D is “important for the proper functioning of multiple organ systems.” In reviewing the results, researchers note that “Vitamin D deficiency was independently associated with a longer PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) length of stay (+1.92 days) and increasing severity...
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