Yes, I support vaccines. It’s simple.
Vaccines save lives. Vaccines prevent illness. Illness prevention saves money.
I was happy to see read an article this morning by mom and
Huffington Post journalist JJ Keith also speaking up in favor of vaccines: “I’m coming out…as pro-vaccine”
Ms. Keith tells the story of two children, Jack and Clio, who are both being treated for leukemia and therefore cannot be vaccinated against measles. …
read on An epidemic of nearsightedness?
A story making the media rounds this month is that more children and young adults are being diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, and smartphones might be to blame.
I couldn’t find the actual study online, but it came out of the UK where a laser eye surgeon claims there has been
a 35% increase in nearsightedness–screen sightedness, he has dubbed it–since 1997. He believes smartphones are … read on Too many CT scans ordered on children
This morning I read a post by a pediatric intensive care (PICU) doctor who admitted
too many CT scans are still being given to children, despite recent evidence that radiation exposure from the scans carries a not insignificant future risk of cancer.
posted about the results of this study a couple of months ago: Children are more “radiosensitive” than adults; … read on The “sleep supplement”
I am a chronically poor sleeper, but I’ve never tried melatonin, the sleep supplement. I have many friends that swear by it, however.
It bothered me that I could never get a straight answer from any source about the therapeutic dosage—1 mg, 3 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg? Should it only be taken as needed, or is melatonin safe to take every night, forever?
As a supplement …
read on Poisoning deaths are on the rise
Why? Drugs. And I don’t mean heroine or cocaine. Legal prescription opioids, pain pills such as hydrocodone, are involved in more drug poisoning deaths than illegal drugs.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that
9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs. And since 2009 more people have died as a result of all types of drug poisoning, whether … read on CT scans increase a child’s risk of developing cancer
A year ago the British medical journal,
The Lancet, published a study looking at the potential cancer risk to children from using CT scans.
CT scans use ionizing radiation, and children are considered more “radiosensitive” than adults.
The Lancet study concluded there was “… a positive association between radiation dose from CT scans and leukaemia” and recommended “…although clinical benefits … read on
My belief as a frugal nurse is that each of us has the power to improve our health and lower our health care costs. Prevention is key, and in my posts I advocate such preventive actions as
vaccinations, hand washing, adequate sleep, drug safety, exercise and a healthy diet.
Diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and, I think, is crucial to cancer prevention.