Stong pain medication is not necessary for treating children with minor pain conditions, according to recent research. The study found that ibuprofen was as effective as morphine ( a strong pain medication) for treating children after minor orthopedic surgery. This report is reassuring for the treating physicians who worry about the chance of overuse of opioid medications as well as parents.
Traditional guidelines restricting fats, total fat, as well as saturated fats, are falling out of favor according to recently published reports. The study, reported on the website of The Lancet finds that higher consumption of total, saturated, monosaturated, and polyunsaturated fats were associated with lower risk for death from heart-related or due to other causes.
Diets involving higher carbohydrate intake can lead to higher risk for overall mortality.
In short, the message is to restrict carbs and increase fat contents in our diet.
A recent study from the United Kingdom suggests that a once-daily use of Breo (combination of inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting bronchodilator) significantly improved asthma control. The addition of Breo is especially useful for those patients whose symptoms are not controlled by inhaled steroids alone. The study was reported in The Lancet.
Allergy symptoms due to pollen are not common in winter. However, cedar tree pollinates in Winter. Cedar pollen allergy can induce sneezing, wheezing, and triggering of an asthma attack. Cedar trees grow in abundance in the Southern United States is a predominant source of allergy in December.”The pollen appears copiously from late fall to late winter” inducing misery to patients with sinus allergy and asthma. Other Juniper species include red eastern cedar.
Treatment for allergy to cedar pollen is basically allergy shots; pollen extract immunotherapy produces significant decreases in symptoms during the cedar pollen season.
Obesity Prevention in Children
Five Practical Tips to Reduce Obesity in Children:
1. Avoid sugar containing drinks.
2. Reduce screen-time (TV, Games) to less than 2 hours per day.
3. Do not eat or drink while watching television
4. Make vegetable half of the quantity consumed at each meal.
5. Play outside with friends.
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Chronic pain and narcotics have been a topic of serious discussion in recent months. People seek pain medications for many chronic pain conditions such as low back pain and arthritis. Physicians often find it very difficult to convince these patients to stay away from narcotics. There is clear evidence that narcotic pain medications do more harm than good in any chronic pain.
A recent report in Journal of American Medical Association it was reported that there is no significant improvement in pain scores or any substantial improvement in function or disability by use of narcotic pain medication in chronic back pain. On the contrary, the research shows a higher risk of death from unintentional overdose and higher risk for heart disease-related deaths in patients taking narcotic pain medications.