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Medications mistakes common among young children
Written by Editor   
Monday, October 27, 2014 03:44 PM

Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines.  The number and rate of reported medication mistakes rose during the 11-year study, except for cough and cold medicines, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.

Medication errors can cause injury, increased healthcare spending and even death, the researchers write.

Leadership Mistakes Made During Crisis
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:05 PM

A recent article highlighted the biggest mistakes made by leadership in any company or corporation.  Below are the common mistakes made and the opportunities that actually exist.

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:58 PM

"A new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy.  Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found."

"Medications can be dangerous," said the study researcher.  "The United States and Australia have some of the highest rate of severe anaphylaxis in countries that are developed.  From 1999 to 2010, the number of fatal drug reactions nearly doubled, according to the researchers."

Expired Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Being Administered
Written by Brooke Shaw   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:35 PM

Nearly 20% or more of intranasally administered influenza vaccination may be expired.

A recent report notes that "annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months. Two vaccine types are approved in the United States, injectable inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is administered intranasally." 

Ebola Reporting
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:06 PM

Remembering that the favorite mantra of our medical cousins is "its not the money its the public safety",  here is reporting on the mercenary motives of many of our medical cousins.  "What was your reaction when you first realized that Ebola was killing thousands of people in Africa and would probably come ashore in America at some point? ... For some, it appears to have been,'How can I make money out of this?'"

"Numerous firms have begun marketing products to U.S. customers with Ebola-themed pitches. Last month, the FDA sent warning letters to three companies peddling a variety of products advertised as preventing or treating the disease -- one of them a chocolate bar."

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