NEW YORK - After investigating the deaths of three infants between 1 and 6 months old linked to cough and cold medication use, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are emphasizing that these drugs should be used only after talking with a physician.
Between 2004 and 2005, about 1,500 children younger than 2 years old were treated in emergency rooms for adverse events associated with cough and cold medications, Dr. A. Srinivasan and colleagues at the CDC note in Friday's issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
For each of the three dead infants, a medical examiner or coroner determined that the cough and cold medications were the underlying causes of death. Blood levels of the decongestant pseudoephedrine at autopsy were far above what's normally expected after therapeutic dosing in children between 2 to 12....
Luke: what is quackery to one is another's Fact of Science. But all such disease theories have just one thing in common: they are formally false. A theory can be successful, yet fallacious. The Humoral Theory lasted about 2K yrs (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_humours) because it "worked," not because it was factual or that there weren't far better theories later. People got their blood drained (or whatever), & some got better. Docs just shrugged their shoulders at their numerous failures.
A sick guy goes to the doc today, who takes a blood or urine sample & sees little beasties in there that a healthy guy doesn't have. Doc cannot logically conclude that those germs made him sick - it may only be a coincidence. But Doc treats him with some antibiotics anyway because he has to "do something." The germs can no longer be seen & the fellow gets better. Did this really prove that the germs went away, or caused the disease, or that the antibiotic cured him, or even that the patient is no longer sick? No.
Nonetheless, we accept this because no one can think of a better theory, & no one wants to stay sick if a cure seems possible.
"NEW YORK - After investigating the deaths of three infants between 1 and 6 months old linked to cough and cold medication use, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are emphasizing that these drugs should be used only after talking with a physician."
Oh, do they mean like it says to do on the bottle?
From having visited Cuba several times from 2000-03 and having brought in medical supplies with a Christian missionary organization, I can attest that while Cuba may have educated physicians, it is a hardship for most citizens to even acquire aspirin or medicine to rid children of hair lice ect.
Their gov. also claims Havana is the safest city in the western hemisphere, however I didn't get the impression that was correct either. So let's not sing kum by yah my lord to Che Guevera!
What am I missing here? How could "universal healthcare" have kept these parents from overdosing there children on cold medication?
The answer is NOT more social-government programs, but more people educated in simple COMMON sense. Too many rely on a "quick fix" to physical ailments by running to the drug store when there are better solutions many times.
As for the argument that they cannot afford a doctor visit, sorry, but it does not cost that much to self-pay at a doctor office. How many have a 4bedroom two car garage, a house FULL of items...big screen TV and all the comforts of modern America, and they cannot afford a doctor visit? Sorry. I do not buy into it.
When out car breaks down, we do not run to the feds for "car assisitance", we open our wallets and PAY for it. So why should a doctor visit be any different?
A sarcastic strawman, unworthy of a "Good Samaritan." That Jesus gives us certain moral duties does not at all imply that gov'ts are thereby authorized to compel mercy (a contradiction in terms). This is the fallacy of Christian Socialism.
This same reasoning could be used to justify forced conversions, as with Charlemagne or the Inquisition.
Yes, Neil, I should have just left that guy out there to die. Jesus was very wrong to hold me up as an example when he told the lawyer "Go ye and do ye likewise". Imagine, the Lord trying to FORCE others to help the infirm.
More and more young people with children don't have medical insurance and thus can not afford to go to a doctor, precipitating a trip to the local pharmacy. Shame on America for it's greed in not bringing about universal health care. That's why Fidel's Cuba has a better child mortality rate than the USA.