Opioids are still a problem

With all that has been going on over the last 2 – 3 years, it is easy to forget that we were in an opioid crisis. This crisis hasn’t been fixed. It is still ongoing. From NYT: Opioids were the leading cause of fatal poisonings among children age 5 years old and younger in recent […]

Rainbow Colored Fentanyl – Not Good

From CBS News: The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an “emerging trend” of “brightly-colored” fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people. What is often called “rainbow fentanyl” has been seized by law enforcement agencies in 18 states just this month, the DEA said. The drugs, made to look like […]

New Cystic Fibrosis Drug looks Promising

Cystic Fibrosis is an awful disease. (like any of them are good.) For the most part, treatment is about managing symptoms and keeping the lungs from building up with mucus. Now there is a new drug that offers hope. A new cystic fibrosis therapy dramatically improved patients’ lung function and showed clear signs of targeting […]

Well, it has been awhile – Chemical burns increased because of Detergent Pods

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. Will try and post a couple of times per week on current medical topics. Chemical burns from detergent pods have increased dramatically. This is mostly due to an increase in ocular burns. From JAMA Ophthalmology – Chemical ocular burns are a significant cause of morbidity and vision loss in […]

Hypoxic infants – More cooling isn’t better

For some reason, we think if a little is good then more has to be better. Over the years, we have slowly figured out that more isn’t necessarily better. Antibiotic treatment is probably the best example. A short course of perioperative antibiotics has clearly been shown to be better than long courses for routine prophylaxis. […]

Premature Birth Rate Drops

In the US, we have a very diverse population. Some of us get great care and others never see a doctor. From NPR: The number of babies born too early dropped to 11.4 percent of all births in 2013, the best number in 17 years. But that’s still more than 450,000 children being born too […]

High Chair Injuries

The key to keeping our children safe is thinking about the environment that they are in. Where is the harm should be a question that parents ask themselves constantly. Whether it is int he bath tub or in their play pen or in a high chair, parent should always think one or two steps ahead. […]

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