Archive for the 'Safety' Category

Back To Fall Sport Safety Tips

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

We are entering death week for back to school sports with more sudden deaths occurring in August than any other month, most within the first 7 days of practice. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries , have 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.

This past week I had the pleasure of participating in the NFL Moms Safety Clinic held at The Ohio State University. In addition to meeting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach Urban Meyer (at the envy of every husband), the Moms went to lectures on proper equipment fittings, concussion recognition, proper tackling technique and heat stroke prevention.

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Children face many risks when playing sports. Today’s blog is most certainly Dr. Mom advice as I have 4 very active children, 2 of them starting high school football this week. My son had a significant concussion last year (at basketball practice interestingly enough) so I speak from my head as well as my heart on this topic.

Dr. Deb’s Fall Safety Sports Tips

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Take the Fright Out of Tick Bites

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Nothing can cause a fright like a tick bite. This year we’ve seen more of the little buggers, not just in the woods where we expect, but they have penetrated our own back yards. Ticks are on the rise as more deer that carry ticks live in our neighborhoods and milder winters aren’t freezing them off. I’ve already removed one from my dog and one from my daughter this month. Don’t run for the kerosene! Learn the safe way to prevent and remove ticks.

Dr Deb’s Tick Prevention Tips

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Sunscreen Gone Wrong: 5 Sunscreen Mistakes and How to Make it Right

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

I consider myself the Sunscreen queen carrying sunscreen in my purse, car, and various places throughout my house. Imagine my shock and embarrassment when on a recent beach vacation my kids had their first blistering burn after less than 2 hours of sun. I thought I was doing sunscreen right but we got burned on sunscreen gone wrong.

One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life. Most cancer death rates are decreasing but melanoma and deaths from melanoma are increasing faster than any other cancer.

Dr Deb’s Sunscreen Mistakes

1. SPF too high

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Contaminated Drugs: Dr Deb's Tips for Safer Medications

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

30 people have died thus far because a drug was contaminated with essentially mold due to lack of sterile conditions at the plant where the drug was made. A fungus contaminant found in injectable steroids called preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate produced by The New England Compounding Center is believed to have infected 419 patients with meningitis and joint infections killing 30 people at last count according to the CDC. How did this happen? Do you know if the drugs your health care provider gives are safe?

What appears to be the root of the problem is The New England Compounding Center calling itself a compounding pharmacy when is reality they were acting like a drug manufacturing plant, without FDA regulation.

What is the difference between a drug manufacturing pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?

The major difference is the FDA strictly regulates a drug manufacturing pharmacy while a compounding pharmacy is not under FDA jurisdiction. State pharmacy boards oversee compounding pharmacies but the amount of oversight varies from state to state and many are self-regulated, meaning we don’t see change until there is a problem.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water as some compounding pharmacies provide an incredible service. The idea of a compounding pharmacy is for the pharmacist to brew up specific treatments for individuals with a doctor’s prescription that may not be manufactured by major drug companies.  This happens every day in hospital IV therapy. I have used my local compounding Kunkels Pharmacy for hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone many times and have great faith in their techniques and quality assurance. Compounding drugs are also of great use when there is shortage of medication.

Since the FDA is not regulating the pharmacies, many times the patient and the doctor do not know the quality and safety of the compounded products dispensed unless they have personally investigated their quality assurance methods like I did with my pharmacy.

The New England Compounding Center took advantage of this lack of regulation and instead of a Mom & Pop pharmacy, they set up as a drug manufacturing plant producing 17,000 units of the steroid. They are supposed to have a prescription for each one so they were most likely in violation of their state license. Many of the doctors in the 23 states that received the drug may not have realized the steroids were compounded and not strictly regulated.

Dr. Deb’s Tips for Safer Medications

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Wear Orange and Unite Against Bullying

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

160,000 kids will stay home from school today, not because they are sick, but because they are afraid of being bullied. One in every four kids gets bullied and it takes a village of support to stop it. Tomorrow is Unity Day where we ask you to wear ORANGE to unite and end bullying.

Bullying is not just the big kid that steals lunch money from the nerd at recess.

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and may even be your own child. It can be the seemingly sweet petite girl that starts rumors or intentionally leaves someone out. Using friendship as a weapon as in, “I won’t be your friend if you don’t ….,” is a form of bullying. Even a “joke” or  “I was just kidding,” is an indirect form of bulling. Cyberbully or posting mean things online takes bullying to a new level because you don’t see the reaction of the person that you have hurt.

Parents, students and teachers all have a role to play to unite and prevent bulling.

Dr Deb’s Tips to Prevent Bullying

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