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  • Medication errors linked to US use of archaic measuring system
    Medication errors linked to US use of archaic measuring system
    Medication errors can have a significant impact; too little medication will not adequately treat a medical problem, while too much can produce harmful, and even toxic side effects. When our nation was founded, we adopted the English system of...
  • E-cigarette use soaring among teens
    E-cigarette use soaring among teens
    According to a new study, e-cigarette use is soaring among middle school and high school students. Furthermore, the investigators found evidence that use of e-cigarettes (vaping) may increase the likelihood of smoking tobacco. The findings were...
  • UCLA School of Nursing finds Southland hookah lounge patrons unaware of dangers
    UCLA School of Nursing finds Southland hookah lounge patrons unaware of dangers
    Hookah smoking is soaring in popularity among teens and young adults in the US. Researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing visited three Southern California hookah lounges to assess whether patrons were aware of the harmful effects of inhaling the...
  • Internal medicine group says no to screening pelvic exam
    Internal medicine group says no to screening pelvic exam
    A screening pelvic exam, also known as a well woman exam, is a common procedure. Some women are reassured when they find that the results are negative, while others would prefer to avoid one. On July 1, the American College of Physicians (ACP)...
  • E-cigarette TV ads pose hazard to teens and young adults
    E-cigarette TV ads pose hazard to teens and young adults
    E-cigarettes are currently being touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. In addition, a major public health concern is to encourage abstinence from tobacco products among teens and young adults. This is the period when many begin...
  • FDA extends tobacco authority to e-cigarettes
    FDA extends tobacco authority to e-cigarettes
    In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law. On April 24, as part of its implementation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to...
  • How women cope with a false positive breast cancer diagnosis
    How women cope with a false positive breast cancer diagnosis
    Many women undergo mammograms periodically to screen for breast cancer. Not uncommonly, a false-positive result will occur. Later tests will determine that a cancer is not present; however, until that occurs, a woman must cope with the possibility...
  • Codeine prescribed to kids far too often reports new study
    Codeine prescribed to kids far too often reports new study
    National guidelines recommend that the narcotic, codeine, should not be prescribed to children; however, a new study has found that this recommendation is often not followed. The study was published online on April 21 in the journal Pediatrics by...
  • Parental awareness of harm from third-hand smoke varies
    Parental awareness of harm from third-hand smoke varies
    Most are aware of the meaning of secondhand smoke; however, less are aware of third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke refers to the remnants on surfaces after second-hand smoke has cleared out. The term first-hand smoke refers to what is inhaled into...
  • Sad statistics on the impact of parental violence on their children
    Sad statistics on the impact of parental violence on their children
    All married couples have disputes from time to time; however, some have violent disagreements and/or undergo periods of psychological distress. According to a new study, this can severely impact the development of their children. The study was...
  • Most prescription meds safe during breastfeeding states new report
    Most prescription meds safe during breastfeeding states new report
    A new report, published online on August 26 in the journal Pediatrics, should ease the fears of many women who believe they must avoid or discontinue breastfeeding because they take prescription medications. The report, prepared by Hari Cheryl...
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    Task Force against HRT for preventing chronic diseases
    Recommendation for postmenopausal women considering HRT to prevent chronic diseasesFor years women entering menopause have taken hormone replacement therapy that could relieve the symptoms of hot flashes and also to help protect against...
  • New study reports unnecessary breast cancer treatment
    New study reports unnecessary breast cancer treatment
    According to a new study, women are being treated unnecessarily for breast cancer due to mammograms "overdiagnosing" cancers which would never cause harm. The study was published online on January 16 in the Medical Journal of Australia...
  • Mammogram controversy increases
    Mammogram controversy increases
    In recent months, two sources in the U.S. have presented new recommendations for mammograms. All the studies have one common denominator: they recommend screening mammograms. However, a new study published online on December 8 in the British...
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    More parents opting out on vaccines
    AP discovers rising numbers of parent's opting out when it comes to childhood vaccinesIn over half the states parent's are choosing not have their children vaccinated. Leaving health officials in worrying in concern over outbreaks of...