Syringes Better than Cups for Kid’s Med Dosing

In a large randomized trial of over 2000 parents, researchers found dosing errors were 4.6 times more common when using dosing cups than when using syringes. When the dose was listed in teaspoons on the medication label more errors were made. More than 20% measured out twice the dose on the label!  PositiveTip: Ask your healthcare…

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Lifestyle Change First!

Why do patients and mainstream medicine seem to chose medications for diseases that can be treated with lifestyle change? Patients often think physicians are professional drug dealers owned by big pharma, yet many patients choose not to cooperate with behavioral recommendations saying, "That is too hard, doc. Don't you have a pill for me?" Consider the…

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Parenting Skills Important in ADHD

Interventions for pre-school children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) vary widely, and frequently include medications. A systematic review of the literature found training the parents actually topped medication and other interventions. Parent behavior training consistently resulted in better outcomes than treatment with medication. Limitations of this analysis included small sample sizes and reliance on parental…

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Infant & Children’s Liquid Meds Recalled

More than 40 over-the-counter (OTC) liquid medications for infants and children have been recalled for precautionary reasons. The list includes Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products sold in the USA and 11 other countries. A complete product recall list is available online or by calling 1-888-222-6036 (USA).PositiveTip: Check the online list of recalled children's liquid medications, before giving…

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Non-compliance with Antihypertensive Medications Comes with a Price

Hypertension is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Is compliance with prescribed anti-hypertenrsive medication regimens beneficial to lower CVD risk? Italian investigators followed almost 19,000 hypertensive patients without CVD at baseline for almost five years in an attempt to answer this question. They found those with high adherence had 38% lower risk for…

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Are Your Dietary Supplements Really Safe?

Are you certain all the ingredients in your "natural" dietary supplements are safe, let alone effective? There is an alarming increase in the discovery of a wide variety of undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients contaminating supplements in the marketplace today. In July of this year the FDA listed 75 tainted weight loss products that contained undeclared medications--some…

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