Archive for May, 2008

One In 10 Children Using Cough, Cold Medications

May 5th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in 10 U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. Pediatric cough and cold medications are widely marketed in the U.S. but surprisingly little is known about just how often they are used in children. This information is especially important in light of recent revelations that cough and cold medications are responsible for serious adverse events and even deaths among children.

  • In a given week, at least one cough and cold medication was used by 10.1 percent of U.S. children. In terms of active ingredients contained in these medications, exposure was highest to decongestants and antihistamines (6.3 percent each), followed by anti-cough ingredients (4.1 percent) and expectorants (1.5 percent).
  • Exposures to cough and cold medications was highest among 2- to 5-year-olds, but was also high among children under 2 years of age.

The Number of Pregnant Diabetics is Increasing

May 1st, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

This week’s Disease Management Update looks at the number of female diabetics giving birth and the outcomes that could occur if diabetes were cured. The number of women with diabetes giving birth has increased dramatically, and this rise includes different racial and ethnic groups. Additionally, if diabetes is discovered early enough in patients to cure them, billions of healthcare dollars would be saved and millions of deaths prevented.