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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Concerned about long-term use of ADHD drugs?
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Whenever you are taking a long-term medication, you should always ask the question about long-term issues and consequences of taking it consistently.

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, published in Neuropsychoparmacology and titled Brain Development Not Affected By Long-Term ADHD Drug, found that drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) "do not appear to have long-term effects on the brain."

 
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Link between physical abuse of children and economic recession
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

The Centre Region is certainly on heightened alert for signs of abuse in light of the Sandusky scandal. Abuse is, sadly, always present in society, but unfortunately difficult economic times and the stress that it puts on adults can lead to increased abuse. This phenomenon is explained in an article titled, Serious Cases of Child Abuse Increasing During Recession:

 
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Ask the pediatrician: Is your child's cough due to illness or asthma?
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Hi Dr. Collison,

How can you tell if your child's cough is due to illness or asthma?

Coughs vary greatly and can be caused by many different issues. In trying to determine the cause of the cough, we have to look at many different characteristics in order to figure out the cause and then formulate the appropriate treatment.

Coughs caused by illnesses, such as a cold, allergies, or even pneumonia, tend to sound wet, mucusy and productive. Coughs you would describe as dry and tight are more likely to be caused by asthma. Coughs caused by croup can also be a tight, dry cough but is caused by a viral illness. This cough is usually described as barky or sounding like a seal. It is not always this simple to diagnose but just the sound of the cough can be a good clue as to what might be causing the problem.

 
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Circumcision and rising healthcare costs
 
 
Some insurance companies are denying coverage for circumcision of male newborns, deeming it a cosmetic issue. A recent article titled Drop in Circumcision of Male Newborns Could Add Billions to Health Care Costs, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine stated that continued decline in "U.S. infant male circumcision could add more than $4.4 billion in avoidable health care costs if rates over the next decade drop to levels now seen in Europe." This information is based on research by disease experts and health economists at Johns Hopkins.
 
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Recent product recalls announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Here are just a few recent product recalls as announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit www.cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.

Name of Product: Scooter

Hazard: The one-piece plastic platform that covers the front wheel base can break, posing a laceration hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall is for the three-wheeled Mini Micro scooter for children ages 3-5. The scooter was sold in the following colors: blue, orange, pink and aqua. "Micro" is written in black and blue letters on the metal handlebar and is imprinted on the black hand grips. "Mini Micro" is written on the front plastic covering. The following recalled model numbers and serial numbers are on a sticker on the bottom of the sticker (model number/serial numbers): MM0079/00061617 to MM0079/00064364; MM0079/00064767 to MM0079/00065762; MM0080/00066371 to MM0080/00666401; MM0080/00097291 to MM0080/00098286; MM0109/00093571 to MM0109/00093870; MM0113/00067871 to MM0113/00068370.

Sold by: Independent toy stores, Amazon.com, and Kickboardusa.com for about $85 from May 2012 to July 2012.

Manufactured in: Germany

Remedy: Consumers should take this product away from children and contact Kickboard USA for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Kickboard USA toll free at 888.236.5657 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday, by email at safety@kickboardusa.com or visit the firm's website at www.kickboardusa.com.

 
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