Any nurse who has worked in an emergency department, especially in a children’s hospital, dreads the Fourth of July.
We’ve seen what fireworks can do to a hand. Or a face. It’s not pretty. (Look on YouTube if you don’t believe me.)
Every state has its own laws on what fireworks are legal. Many cities and communities ban fireworks because of fire danger.
and … even legal fireworks are risky read on UV rays damage eyes
As part of May’s Skin Cancer Prevention Month, I wanted to share some tips to protect your eyes.
Just as the sun can injure your skin, it can hurt the delicate tissue of your eyes, too.
Did you know you can also get
melanoma of the eye? Unprotected UV exposure from the sun or tanning beds increases the risk of this type of cancer. Related … read on The debate over screening ECGs
When my son was a teenager, he participated in several school sports, including track and field.
And it always freaked me out when I heard a news report about a young teen athlete suddenly dying on a track or a basketball court.
The stories were similar: young, seemingly healthy teenagers died because no one knew they had a problem with their hearts.
Every time I …
read on The Because more people use hand sanitizers during cold and flu season, there are more reports of children being poisoned by the main ingredient, either isopropyl alcohol or ethanol. About 90% of these poisonings were in children younger than five. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released a warning about keeping hand sanitizers out of the reach of small children. Anyway, here is a re-post about preventing childhood poisonings in … read on Homeopathic remedies don’t cure, and they can harm
I’ve posted before about homeopathy and homeopathic remedies. In short, they don’t work.
There is absolutely no sound scientific evidence that supports homeopathy. Related post: A homeopathic parody
At best they’re a waste of money; at worse, homeopathic remedies may be harmful, especially to infants and small children.
In recent months,
certain homeopathic remedies for teething babies … have been targeted by the read on
I’m spending the day online getting some gift shopping done, and I thought I’d post about some of the healthcare books and gifts I’m buying for friends and family this year.
I use Amazon a lot (Prime, so I get free 2-day shipping), and I have to include a disclosure here that the following links will take you to my Amazon Associates page. That said, I’m not trying to make …
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 …
read on Kids need flu shots!
Pediatricians recommend all children over the age of 6 months get a yearly flu shot.
In previous years, a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, FluMist, has been available to parents who wanted to avoid subjecting their children to another needle jab.
But for the last 3 years FluMist
has not been nearly as effective as the standard flu shot. So for the 2016-2017 flu … read on Triclosan isn’t effective
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began drafting guidelines for the use of the popular antibacterial,
triclosan, about 40 years ago.
Two years ago they announced they were ready to implement some much-needed oversight of this chemical. They asked the manufacturers of soaps and body washes to provide
more evidence of both its effectiveness and safety.
Well, those companies came up short. Last …
read on Kids and vaccines
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise trendy back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country.
In 1998 a medical journal published a paper …