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No Link Found Between ADHD Drugs and Heart Problems

WebMD reports kids who take drugs for ADHD are not at a greater risk for heart attacks or strokes. Credit: Getty Images If you're bombing with your child with meds to control his hyperactivity and short attention span, you might have...Researchers found no connection between heart attacks, strokes and ADHD medications.

Kids May Be Overdosing on Prescription Meds, Report Says

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Know what, and how much your kids are taking. Credit: Getty Images Your child could be at risk of overdosing on prescription pain medications. WebMD reports a lot of...
Researchers suggests pain meds for kids may be too heavy.

Dangerous Inconsistencies Found in Dosing Directions for Children's Medications, Study Says

Even if you follow the directions on the label, you still may be giving your child the wrong amount of medicine. Credit: Getty Images
If you find yourself reading the instructions on over-the-counter children's medications repeatedly, just to be...
An examination of 200 of the top-selling over-the-counter medications for children reports a high level of variability and inconsistencies in medication labeling and measuring devices, according to a new study.

Safety of Vaccines and Medications Tops List of Priorities for Parents

Parents want more research done on the safety of children's vaccines. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on medical research related to children's health issues, yet parents have little or no...
When asked, nearly nine out of 10 parents rate research on the safety of vaccines, and effectiveness and safety of medicines, as the most important topics regarding children's health, according to a recent poll.

Kansas School District Medication Policy Challenged

Throat scratchy? Better call Mom to bring a cough drop. Credit: Getty Images
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with...
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with kids in the Wichita, Kan., school district, this is a reality.

When Sleepaway Camp Becomes an ADHD Medication Vacation

School's out for summer, but what about the meds? Credit: Getty Images
This year, parents of kids going to Eisner and Crane Lake Camps in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains can't say they didn't get the memo. An e-mail went out recently...

Prescription Drug Use On the Rise in Children

More than one in four insured children are now reported to regularly take prescription medication in the U.S. Credit: Getty Images
Prescription drug use in American children rose by 5 percent in 2009, the highest of any other single...

ADHD Drugs Linked to Kids' Deaths

For parents of kids with ADHD, medication can often seem like a godsend. Recent studies have shown that kids who take these drugs specifically for a diagnosed condition perform better in school, for example. But a new study released this week in the...

Free Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good?

The pharmacy in my local grocery store is currently offering free antibiotics as part of a health and wellness initiative. To promote the freebies, signs reading "You didn't pay for the germs. Why pay for the antibiotics?" are on display throughout...

Making Sick Days Better

It happens to every mom. On the day you're giving a presentation or attending an important event, your child says, Mommy, my tummy feels funny. One memorable morning I was dressing for a meeting when first-grader James announced that he was...

Number of medicated kids on the rise

A spike in the number of children taking medication for chronic health problems such as diabetes and asthma has doctors wondering if the number of kids with these diseases is actually on the rise, or if treatment of the conditions has changed in the...

Are women treated as "walking uteruses?"

It was nearly a half-century ago that science uncovered just how harmful drugs could be to a developing fetus. The threat--thalidomide. I don't even know what thalidomide is, save for the phrase from the Billy Joel song We Didn't Start the Fire, but...

Medicine and juice a bad mix?

Having a sick child is no fun for anyone and we all try to avoid it as best we can. For me, not wanting my 7-year-old to get sick is more than about not wanting her to feel bad and maybe miss a day or two of school. It's the medicine. Getting meds...

Text messaging to keep kids healthy

When kids are little, the responsibility for making sure they take necessary medications falls to the parents. You may have to hold them down and force them at times, but that is totally doable. But when they get older, necessity dictates that kids...

Tom Cruise changes his mind about post partum depression

Seems Tom Cruise has reversed his opinion about post partum depression. He's also gone public with his change of mind and heart. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, for whom you'll recall he jumped all over a couch as he professed his love...

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