Thanks to the FDA, I now have a clutter-free, neatly organized medicine cabinet for the first time since stockpiling it for the arrival of twin babies. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit (aka "cram"!) into a tiny medicine closet. Now I'm left like many parents, smack in the middle of cold and flu season with the newfound knowledge that not only are over-the-counter cold and cough medicines not even effective for children under two, they're potentially dangerous.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies and toddlers have wound up in emergency rooms over the past two years after having a bad reaction to cold medicines. In 2007, the FDA found 54 reported child deaths from decongestants and 69 child deaths from antihistamines from 1969 and fall 2006, most involving children under 2. In 2007, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, petitioned the FDA to end the use of nonprescription cold remedies by children under 6, a move...
Definition 5-HIAA is a urine test that measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) -- a breakdown product of a hormone called serotonin. This test tells how much 5-HIAA the body is producing. Alternative Names HIAA; 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid; Serotonin metabolite How the test is performed A 24-hour urine sample is needed. On day 1, urinate into the toilet when you get up in the morning. Afterwards, collect all urine in a special container for the next 24 hours. On day 2, urinate into the container when you get up in the morning. Cap the container. Keep it in the refrigerator or a cool place during the collection period. Label the container with your name, the date, the time of completion, and return it as instructed. For an infant, thoroughly wash the area around the urethra. Open a urine collection bag (a plastic bag with an adhesive paper on one end), and place it on the infant. For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin. For females, place...
I count my blessings that Multiple Sclerosis is like a fire smoldering inside of me. Seldom does it ever rage to a full-blown blaze.
With relapsing-remitting MS , it’s as though the embers continue burning underneath the surface of my skin. The numbness in my hands. Tingling in my feet. Increased levels of fatigue.
Every day I continue doing as much as I can, from working full time as a writer/editor at Central Michigan University to serving as Jennifer’s primary caregiver and running three times each week to stay healthy. I always am in tune with my body as to not stir the MS to the point it rekindles and sparks another blaze – or relapse, if you will.
But I had no choice this last week. In the same way powerful winds spread wildfires, natural elements fanned the embers of my symptoms into hard-to-control realities.
I came down with bronchitis.
Dealing with something like this is bad enough by itself, let alone adding it on top o...
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