Calculating kids’ medication dose is rocket science
Oct22

Calculating kids’ medication dose is rocket science

Parents often tell me kinda strange things about giving medication to their children. I’ve heard: “I gave her a half-dose of Tylenol because her fever wasn’t that high.” And “She’s allergic to pink medicines; they make her hyperactive.” Some of these stories seem illogical to me at first, but the truth is that kids’ ability to metabolize drugs is so complicated, that it’s nearly impossible to be logical. So it isn’t surprising...

Read More
Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say
Oct03

Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say

Fever is not all bad. In fact, raising your body temperature enhances the body’s infection-fighting defenses. Lizards, fish and even cockroaches and leeches mount a fever to fight infection. But only humans take medicine to get rid of their fever. If fever blocks the multiplication process of germs and enhances immune system function, what happens when we block fever? Researchers at Kings College London[1] considered this question and...

Read More