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Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season WorseWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulation as well as the generic version, said Michael Ganio, senior director of pharmacy practice and quality with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.In addition, shortages are occurring in the pediatric versions of amoxicillin and Augmentin, two antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections that often follow flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) or COVID in children, said Brigid Groves, senior director of practice and professional affairs with the American...

Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

30 November 2022
Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids` DevelopmentWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.Children may still have differences in brain development, including those in thinking skills, mood and mobility, though researchers said some identified in the study may have been a measure of parents' worry rather than actual differences."There are still many unanswered questions about the long-term impacts of Zika on children exposed in utero," said first author Dr. Sarah Mulkey, a prenatal-neonatal neurologist at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. "These findings are another piece of the puzzle that provides insight into the...

Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in...

29 November 2022
Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in YouthTUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds.Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as prescription sleep aids such as estazolam (ProSom), triazolam (Halcion) and temazepam (Restoril).In the new study, researchers found that young people prescribed those medications for insomnia were at increased risk of overdose within the next six months. Compared with teens and young adults prescribed other sleep medications, their odds of overdose were 44% higher."This should be an important safety consideration when treating young people for insomnia," said lead researcher Greta Bushnell, of the Rutgers Institute for...

As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

29 November 2022
As Kids` Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: StudyTUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.“The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health consequences, especially since obesity rates are very high and continue to rise,” said study author Simone Kaltenhauser, a post-graduate research fellow in radiology and biomedical imaging at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. About one in every five American kids is now obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For the study, researchers looked at several types of brain scans in more than 5,100 kids aged 9 to 10 who took part in the ongoing...

Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

28 November 2022
Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy CupsMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lead, according to a CPSC news release.“Lead is toxic if ingested by young children, and can cause adverse health effects,” the commission said.A Green Sprouts recall affects about 10,500 cups sold in 6- and 8-ounce sizes with tracking numbers 29218V06985, 35719V06985, and 33020V06985 in the bottom of the base. The cups were sold at Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods stores, as well as online at Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Bed Bath & Beyond from January 2020 through September...

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