Jennifer Gold

Jennifer Gold

Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Teens and Steroids: A Dangerous Combo

The abuse of anabolic steroids can cause both temporary and permanent injury to anyone using them. Teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, are at heightened risk. An alarming number of them are trying steroids in hopes of improving their athletic prowess or their appearance. Ali Mohamadi, M.D., a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products, warns teens and parents about the dangers of steroid use.

Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

Treating Head Lice

Head lice. Every parent’s nightmare.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Post-Surgery Codeine Puts Kids at Risk

Children are often prescribed codeine for pain relief after surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids to treat chronic tonsillitis or sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing problems make it hard for them to sleep soundly.

Monday, 31 March 2014 14:54

Use Certain Laxatives with Caution

Constipation may not be a subject for polite conversation, but it's a condition that bothers many of us on occasion.

Exploiting the public's rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Medication safety in the home is an important public health issue. Almost half of all Americans have taken at least one prescription medication in the last month and more than three-quarters have taken an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. Most of these medications are taken in the consumer's home or other residential or community setting. In these settings, the risk of medication errors is ever present as consumers with variable health literacy and unlicensed healthcare personnel undertake the complex processes associated with safe medication management.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched its first public health education campaign—"The Real Cost"—to prevent and reduce tobacco use among at-risk young people ages 12-17. Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), explains why the agency is undertaking this effort and how it will work.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

Use Certain Laxatives with Caution

Constipation may not be a subject for polite conversation, but it's a condition that bothers many of us on occasion.

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Few caregivers are more devoted than parents when caring for a child. Yet, even the most cautious and educated parents will make mistakes when giving medicine to children or fail to protect children from accidental poisonings. Dangerous mistakes with medicines are three times more likely with children than adults, and more than half of all accidental poisonings—mostly with medicines—occur in children less than 5 years old. The list that follows, although not inclusive, covers 10 important safety tips for parents

topten spot-smMost people wouldn't think twice about applying over-the-counter (OTC) creams, lotions, ointments, sprays, or patches to the skin. However, the medicines in these products can enter the body just like medicines taken by mouth.