When a drug is especially dangerous, or even potentially-maybe-especially dangerous, the FDA requires manufacturers to put a black box warning on the product insert. A black box warning is supposed to very explicitly say “buyer beware," more than just the typical list of potential side effects mumbled by Mr. TalkFast at the end of a drug ad.  It’s easy to ignore the wordy mumbling. The black box: That’s supposed to ...

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Competition often works. Competing dry cleaners or donut shops must either improve the quality of their product or keep their prices low, or customers will go somewhere else for their cruller fix. In time, the better businesses -- the ones that provide tastier pastries at a lower price -- will thrive, and less-good, more-expensive businesses will go away. In the long run, all customers benefit from competition between businesses. That’s how ...

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Advocacy groups have been busy lately with their fancy-pants chemical detection science instruments, and their press releases have made it into the news. But is there news here, and are these chemicals something parents really need to worry about? First it was a big lead from the New York Times called “The Chemicals in your Mac and Cheese.” The article started:

Potentially harmful chemicals that were banned from children’s teething rings and ...

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Health – /helTH/ – The state of being free from illness or injury Care – /ker/ – The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something. System – /’sistəm/ – A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. It’s not keeping us Healthy, it doesn’t seem to Care, and it’s certainly no kind of System. What we’re got is ...

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A new study about the best place for babies to sleep -- in their own rooms, or sharing a room with their parents -- contradicts current AAP guidelines. But hopefully, in the long run, it will help more parents and babies get a better night’s sleep overall. The most recent “safe sleep” guidelines were published in 2016. They stressed evidence-based recommendations for the safest way for babies ...

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Ask babies with fever how they feel, and they’ll say … well, they probably won’t say anything, because they’re babies. But ask older kids, and they’ll look at you funny, and maybe say “Why are you asking me?” Kids these days, am I right? Fevers make kids feel bad. Achy and miserable and bleh. So for comfort, I think it’s a good idea to treat fever in a child who’s uncomfortable. ...

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A small study published this month showed that most Epipens retain their potency for at least 4 years after their expiration date. That’s no guarantee, of course. I’d still recommend as a “best practice” that families replace them as they expire. But it’s reassuring to know that they’ll usually be effective even when expired. And using an expired EpiPen is almost certainly better than using nothing ...

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The human immune system is an amazing thing. There are thousands of microorganisms -- millions, maybe -- that are lurking out there, eager to make you sick. You breathe them in. They’re in every bite of food, and all over your hands when you rub your nose. We live in constant bombardment. And they’re sneaky, too -- with changing DNA and proteins to fool us. We’ve got soap and water and ...

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My daughter and I were talking the other day and saying we would like to ask a doctor what his thoughts are about all these ‘natural’ remedies that are available. Recently a friend made the remark, ‘I do everything I can to avoid a doctor.’ I lean more toward the medical system and the knowledge they have acquired over the years rather than relying on these home remedies. What are ...

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A concussion is a brain injury. A mild one, yes, but one that can lead to longstanding symptoms. What you do after a concussion, immediately and in the weeks that follow, can make a big difference in how your child recovers. Though it’s a mild injury -- there’s nothing to see on a CT, X-ray, or MRI -- the effects of a concussion can be significant and uncomfortable for a child ...

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