May 9, 2011

Beware of Benzocaine

1 FDA Warns Against Teething Meds for Infants

The FDA has issued a warning about the use of teething medications containing benzocaine for infants and young children. Benzocaine may cause methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream. Benzocaine is available in various strengths but the FDA warns that, even in concentrations as low as 7.5%, the possibility for methemoglobinemia exists. Symptoms usually occur within minutes to hours of using oral benzocaine and include shortness of breath, a pale pallor, and feeling fatigued and lightheaded. If symptoms occur, the FDA warns to seek medical attention immediately. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using chilled teething rings or rubbing the child’s gums with a finger to ease teething pain.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Fluoride May Cause Spots on Kids' Teeth

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Infants, Teething, Young Children, Teething Medications, Benzocaine, Methemoglobinemia, Breathing Problems in Infants

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Social Networking Linked Alcohol

2 Teens Who Drink Spend More Time Online

Teens who consume alcohol spend more time on their computers engaging in social networking and downloading and listening to music, say researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. Published in Addictive Behaviors, the research reveals that teens who reported drinking during the previous month had used a computer more hours each week excluding educational work compared to teens who didn't report drinking alcohol. While a link exists between recreational use of the computer and drinking alcohol, researchers didn't find a link between using a computer for school work and drinking. While the reasons for the link are unclear, researchers believe that alcohol advertising or alcohol-consuming peers on social networking sites could be responsible.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pot More Popular with Teens Than Cigarettes

Tags: Teen Drinking Problems, Weill Cornell Medical College, Teenage Drinking, Computer Use Teens, Computer Linked Drinking, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Journal Addictive Behaviors

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Risk Low, Role Uncertain

3 Acetaminophen Slightly Increases Blood Cancer Risk

A study looking at the link between painkillers acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen and blood cancers found that acetaminophen slightly increased the risk. About 65,000 initially cancer-free older men and women were asked about painkillers they used in the last ten years. During the study 577 people developed blood cancers, nine percent of whom used acetaminophen in large amounts where only five percent of people who did not develop blood cancer did. After age, arthritis and family history of these cancers were taken into account long term acetaminophen use almost doubled the risk. Researchers stress that the risk is still low and are not sure if the drug or health issues in people who use large amounts of painkillers predispose them to developing blood cancers.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Tags: Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Blood Cancers, Ibuprofen, Blood Cancer Risk Factors, Acetaminophen and Cancer Risk, Painkillers and Cancer Risk

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Rate Not Same Among Gay Women

4 New Study Finds Higher Cancer Rate Among Gay Men

A new US study has found that homosexual men were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with cancer as straight men. Doctor Ulrike Boehmer, of Boston University, was not convinced by the findings. She said that no results would be substantial because the underlying reasons for the higher rate of cancer could be more complicated and that further research would be needed to determine if homosexual men were actually getting more tumors or had greater survival rates. The study found no similar link of cancer rates among women, but did show that the lesbian and bisexual women interviewed were twice as likely as the heterosexual women to say that they had "fair or poor" health. Dr. Boehmer says this might be explained by the discrimination, prejudice and violence they experience as a minority.

More at BBC News Health | Posted 6 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Syphilis Cases Increasing

Tags: Cancer, Gay Men, Gay, Cancer Rate

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