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  1. Good news, bad news with new online salmonella resource

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    If there's one thing the FDA is good at – and this may be the only thing – it's documenting its own incompetence. After monumentally fouling something up, the FDA often does a nice job of helping folks like us understand the scope of the agency's incompetence.

    The FDA has created a pretty useful online tool where you can see exactly which products have been recalled because of the salmonella scare. Maybe you've just been avoiding peanut butter and trying to ride this thing out, but there are now more than 125 products on the recall list – and some of them may be sitting in your home.

    Visit http://tinyurl.com/8s3mwr and you'll see the complete list, even separated by product type.

    It's a nice resource, and the FDA owes us that at least. As I told you a few days ago, news has surfaced that the FDA knew about the unsanitary conditions at Peanut Corp.'s Georgia processing facility for 10 months and let them keep selling peanut products.

    That facility has now been linked to the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds in more than 40 states, and may even be responsible for several deaths.

    So, anyway, thanks to the FDA for a useful resource… you should check it out right away. It's just a shame they had to unleash a public health crisis in order to bring it to us.

  2. Steroid inhalers not a breath of fresh air for asthmatic kids

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    I've met plenty of patients who have children or grandchildren taking steroid inhalers. They all had pretty much the same reaction when their doctors first prescribed this aggressive medication for their loved ones.

    You know the reaction… your head kind of cocks to the side and your eyes narrow as you wonder, "Is this really safe?" Of course, most patients are afraid to say anything – and I understand not wanting to take any chances when it comes to a child's ability to breathe.

    But trust your instincts. These inhalers can be incredibly unsafe, and research is showing that they're not always very effective.

    A recent study from the University of Leicester in England reexamined the protocol at many hospitals, where children who are admitted with sudden wheezing attacks often are given steroid inhalers.

    The researchers compared preschoolers who were given prednisolone with those given a placebo. There was no significant difference in the comparative length of hospital stays for 687 kids ranging in age from 10 months to five years. There was no real difference in symptom relief, either.

    Another recent study, this one from Canada, looked at the benefits of using fluticasone as a preventive. Researchers concluded that the possible stunted growth from the steroid was more dangerous than any potential gains the drug provided for soothing wheezing.

    You've heard me say before that the hardest thing for a doctor to do is nothing. I understand that the wheezing sound an asthmatic child makes is frightening, and could lead a doctor to prescribe an aggressive medication. But before you let your children or grandchildren take a medication that lists everything from coughing up blood to psychosis as its side effects, you need to ask some tough questions about whether it's going to do any good.

    And, if we're honest, very often the answer will be no.

  3. Keeping your brain sharp may be easier than you think

    You can get a sneak peek at an elderly person's future mental health if you know something about their lifestyle, outlook and exercise habits.
  4. Air Force policy gives wings to alternative health treatment

    The Air Force announced recently that it is going to train more doctors to use acupuncture to treat injuries in the field.
  5. The secret weapon against breast cancer

    If you're a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, all the more reason to have your vitamin-D level checked: research suggests a link between low levels and recurrence of, or death from, the cancer.
  6. FDA helped unleash salmonella-laced peanuts on public

    The FDA played a larger role than we thought in allowing a salmonella outbreak to sweep through the nation, sickening hundreds and possibly killing 8 people.