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Fever Down, Asthma Up

A large study of young teenagers found that taking acetaminophen–the drug found in fever-reducing Tylenol–increases the risk of asthma. Doctors note that acetaminophen is still the best choice for treating a child’s fever, but parents of children known to have asthma symptoms should talk with their pediatrician about when and how to use the drug …

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Stay Healthy in the Heat

Yesterday’s rain storms did nothing to alleviate the dreadful heat. Windows everywhere were steaming up with condensation. Even after dark, a short walk turned several of us into winners in an unofficial “who can sweat more” contest. Today is worse. Excessive heat warnings remain in effect, with temperatures reaching triple digits, and heat index predictions …

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FDA Warns About Safety of Stolen Advair Inhalers

If you use Advair Diskus inhalers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), check your medicine cabinet. Your inhaler may be unsafe. In 2009, some Advair Diskus inhalers were stolen from a distribution warehouse near Richmond, Virginia.  Now, they are starting to turn up in pharmacies. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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