When tots need shots, a dose of sugar to dull the pain

When given a small amount of sugar beforehand, babies are less likely to cry when receiving injections, according to new research published in the May 12 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. A team of researchers from Canada, Australia and Brazil reviewed 14 studies examining how a boost of sugar affected pain experienced by …

Review: food allergies inconsistently diagnosed, poorly researched

Fewer than 10% of Americans have food allergies, yet sloppy studies, wrong diagnoses and inaccurate testing have been leading a far larger portion of the population to believe they too are allergic to certain foods, according to a new review of allergy studies published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. As the New …

Does new cancer report overstate environmental risks?

Cancer researchers are expressing concern over a new report highlighting the dangers of environmental toxins, suggesting that the findings overstate the risks of daily exposure to household and environmental chemicals in comparison to known risks such as smoking and obesity.

Free screenings for asthma, skin cancer

As part of its 14th annual national asthma awareness and screening campaign, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) is offering free asthma screenings at some 200 locations nationwide. Additionally, through December of this year, as part of its efforts to promote skin cancer awareness and prevention the American …

Man injures ear turning to chat on rollercoaster

Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit recently treated a patient for ear barotrauma — an imbalance of pressure between the inside and outside of the ear that can cause pain and swelling and even temporary deafness. The condition is most common among people who have been scuba diving or traveling by plane and, more recently, among …

Graco recalls 217,000 wooden cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of Graco brand wooden cribs manufactured by LaJobi Inc. All of the cribs affected by the recall have a drop side—or a side that can be lowered to facilitate reaching into the crib. So far 99 incidents in which the drop side either became unattached or the hardware …

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