The difference between cold and flu symptoms
In general, a cold is a virus that settles in your sinuses, and flu is a virus that affects your lungs, which is why it can be more serious.
Colds can develop rather slowly, perhaps taking two to three days of mild symptoms before you feel really lousy. Flu symptoms hit hard and fast; you may think to yourself,
“Where is the truck … read on The right medication at the right dose
journal that showed about 85% of parents make mistakes when measuring out doses of liquid over-the-counter medications. Pediatrics recently published a study
That reminded me of this
short video from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio talking about medication errors made by parents or other caregivers.
Using over 10 years of data from the National Poison Center, researchers …
I read a disturbing bit of news a couple of weeks ago:
Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults. A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests.
In particular, it appears they’re being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved.
The study mentioned was recently published in the …
I ran across this video while browsing through YouTube the other day.
It made me smile.
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read on Last month a nurse posted this selfie on her Facebook page with the following message: If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like. Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent
read on Breathe your way to better sleep
I just ran across this video of Andrew Weil, MD, explaining how to do yoga breathing exercises, specifically the 4-7-8 breathing technique. It’s based on the yoga practice of
I’ve always had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, and I want to give these breathing exercises a try as they are an inexpensive and drug-free approach to hopefully improving my quantity …
I love the British chef Jamie Oliver. He’s funny and he’s passionate about food.
He’s also the father of several small children, and he’s made it a personal crusade to improve the health of children, through food, in his country as well as ours.
A few years ago, he did a reality series,
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution , in which he attempted to change the way children are fed in … read on
I’ve mentioned in several posts that I think screening tests, especially mammograms, are used too widely in this country. Every woman over age 40? Every year? It’s overkill.
Even the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) only recommends a screening mammogram
every other year between the ages of 50 and 75.
But most women still think the yearly mammogram is health care at its finest.
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As with any new and highly-marketed drug, it’s expensive, although not quite as costly as I thought it might be. According to
in my area code will cost on … GoodRx, a 30-day supply of 10mg tablets read on
A few months ago I posted about a
new website that could help you find the Number Needed to Treat, aka the NNT.
How many people need to be treated with a drug or procedure before one person is helped? That’s the NNT.
It’s a tool I wish more patients and physicians used. Medical interventions should be limited to those that are proven to work for more people than …