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Contaminated IV fluid responsible for deaths in Alabama hospital

Montgomery Alabama hospital discovered bacteria in IV fluids which was responsible for the deaths of nine people.

A contaminated IV fluid may have been involved in the deaths of nine hospital patients in Alabama, health officials said.

Bacteria is transmitted only through IV fluids and the public is not at risk for contamination.

The number one reason parents spend time at the pediatrician’s office

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor.

A simple ear infection can turn to a chronic problem if not treated properly.

The symptoms can range from mild and can often go undiagnosed.

Regular check ups and prompt treatment can help prevent chronic infection.

Survival Strategies for the Upcoming Allergy Season

Did you know that commonly held beliefs about allergies are simply false?

From air purifiers to cold medicines there is a lot to know about managing your allergy.

You’ll find helpful hints and tips and allergy facts to help you cope this allergy season.

“It’s the worse allergy season I’ve seen in a decade. We haven’t experienced such high allergy counts this time of year.

They’re 20 [percent] to 25 percent higher than they usually are.”

More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from allergies, and 14 million will visit a doctor’s office this year and rack up $6 billion in treatment costs.

Combined, an estimated 4 million sick days will be taken because of allergies

Long-term tamoxifen therapy increases breast cancer survival

Cancer research has come a long way last 5 years.

Thanks to organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation once considered experimental drugs like tamoxifen are making headway toward a cure.

The findings showed that for every hundred women with breast cancer who completed a full five-year course of tamoxifen, the cancer came back in around six fewer women, compared to those who only took the drug for two years.
This latest British study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on Monday, also found that an added benefit of taking tamoxifen for five years was that it reduced the risk of developing or dying from heart disease.

The Top 10 Medication Mistakes Parents Make

Being a parent is hard enough but taking care of an ill child is even tougher.

Following physician’s instructions can sometimes be confusing.

Here are the 10 most common mistakes that parents make:

Doctors say many well-intentioned parents slip when giving medication. The mistakes listed here can prolong a child’s illness, cause bothersome side effects, and even sabotage treatment.

1. Consult Your Doctor
2. Measurements
3. Gauge by Weight
4. Check Your Doses

5. What to Look For
6. Follow Through
7. Don’t Use Old Medication

8. Quality, Not Quantity
9. Never Assume
10.How to Give Medication

Don’t panic, kids are pretty resilient.

A lot of love and little attention goes along way!

Parents on the front line to fight bad eating habits on and off campus!

In Philadelphia parents are taking matters in their own hands to protect kids from making poor food choices.

The parents standing guard outside the Oxford Food Shop are foot soldiers in a national battle over the diets of children that has taken on new fervor. With 20 percent of the nation’s children obese, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed new standards for federally subsidized school meals that call for more balanced meals and, for the first time, a limit on calories. The current standard specifies only a minimum calorie count, which some schools meet by adding sweet foods

The Agriculture Department wants to change the content of federally subsidized school meals — 33 million lunches and 9 million breakfasts a day — by the fall of 2012. Beyond the calorie cap, the new standards would emphasize whole grains, vegetables and fruits and set tighter limits on sodium and fats

Do you think schools should help parents in this battle. In the end they are our future

New studies reveal how prostate cancer spreads!

According to a new study from University of Michigan discover how prostate cancer cells spread to the bones. Science offers hope for the treatment of prostate cancer

So why does cancer recur? Say a person has a tumor and surgeons cut it out or do radiation, but it recurs in the bone marrow five years later, Taichman said. Those cancer cells had been circulating in the body well before the tumor was discovered, and one place those cancer cells hid is the niche.

“So what have the cancer cells been doing during those five years? Now we have a partial answer — they’ve been sitting in this place whose job it is to keep things from proliferating and growing,” Taichman said.

“Our work also provides an explanation as to why current chemotherapies often fail in that once cancer cells enter the niche, most likely they stop proliferating,” said Yusuke Shiozawa, lead author of the study. “The problem is that most of the drugs we use to try to treat cancer only work on cells that are proliferating.”

Go NUTS! Walnut, the best for your heart

Pound for pound and dollar for dollar nuts are your best nutritional value at the market. Try to avoid cooking nuts because that will diminish their nutritional value but do be sure and add them at any opportunity; salads, cereal, oat meal, ice cream, and whatever else you enjoy.

The researchers from University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, US say these antioxidants are also up to 15 times more potent than vitamin E. Antioxidants are known to help protect the body against disease. Study leader Dr Joe Vinson said, “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice the antioxidants as any other commonly consumed nut…But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them.” Some people avoid nuts as they are thought to be high in fat but Dr Vinson said they had no link to weight gain.
Nuts are healthy and nutritious, containing high-quality protein, lots of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fibre. They are also dairy and gluten-free. Earlier studies have shown that regular consumption of small amounts of nuts can reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, type two diabetes and other health problems.

Dr Vinson also said “The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants…People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants.”

The Best Hospitals in the US by Rank

Finding the best hospital for your needs can be difficult. Thanks to US News.com for taking the time to select the best hospitals by rank out of the nearly 5,000 which were considered.

That is why U.S. News has published the Best Hospitals rankings for 21 years: to help guide patients who need high-stakes care because of the complexity or difficulty of their condition or procedure. For 2010-11 we analyzed 4,852 hospitals, virtually every one in the United States, in 16 specialties from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology. Only 152 centers appear in even one of the 16 specialty rankings. Fourteen ultra-elite Honor Roll hospitals had very high scores in six or more specialties.

Sleep tips from Dilbert’s brain

One of the best ways to improve your overall health is to get more sleep on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people have sleep problems, and some are tied to other medical conditions.

If sleep problems persist, you should consult your doctor. That said, some people can improve their sleep habits and fall asleep faster with simple techniques.

Here’s a great suggestion on falling asleep from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. Basically, don’t think in words when you hit the sack – think in images as well. It sounds very simple, but it makes a ton of sense as you are basically shutting off one portion of your brain.

Give it a try!

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