Acetaminophen for Infants

April 30, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers to carefully read the labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants to avoid giving the wrong dose to their children.

A less concentrated form of the popular medication is arriving on store shelves, and giving the wrong dose of acetaminophen can cause the medication to be ineffective if too little is given or cause serious side effects and, possibly, death if too much is given.

In an attempt to reduce the confusion over different strengths that have been blamed for past overdoses, some manufacturers are voluntarily offering only the less concentrated version for all children.

Until now, liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants has only been available in a stronger concentration that doesn’t require giving the infants as much liquid with each dose.

But right now both concentrations of liquid acetaminophen are in circulation. Before giving the medication, parents and caregivers need to know whether they have the less concentrated version or the older, more concentrated medication. FDA is concerned that infants could be given too much or too little of the medicine if the different concentrations of acetaminophen are confused.

“Be very careful when you’re giving your infant acetaminophen” says Carol Holquist, director of FDA’s Division of Medical Error Prevention and Analysis.

Here’s what the agency wants parents and caregivers to do:

  • Read the Drug Facts label on the package very carefully to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen, the correct dosage, and the directions for use.
  • Do not depend on a banner proclaiming that the product is “new.” Some medicines with the old concentration also have this headline on their packaging.
  • Use only the dosing device provided with the purchased product in order to correctly measure the right amount of liquid acetaminophen.
  • Consult your pediatrician before giving this medication and make sure you’re both talking about the same concentration.
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Listeria

April 9, 2012

If you eat food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria, you could get so sick that you have to be hospitalized. And for certain vulnerable people, the illness could be fatal.

Contaminated food can bring Listeria into the home. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria germs can grow and spread in the refrigerator. So if you unknowingly refrigerate Listeria-contaminated food, the germs could contaminate your refrigerator and spread to other foods there and increase the likelihood that you and your family will become sick.

Those most at risk for listeriosis—the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes—include pregnant women, older adults and people with compromised immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and transplant patients). In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and serious illness or death in newborn babies.

Recently, a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis tied to contaminated cantaloupes has caused illnesses and deaths. Listeria has also been linked to a variety of ready-to-eat foods, including unpasteurized milk and dairy products, Mexican-style or soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk, processed deli meats, hot dogs, smoked seafood and store-prepared deli-salads.

Donald Zink, Ph.D, senior science advisor at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says FDA is aware of cases of foodborne illness caused by bacteria that can live in the kitchen and spread to foods.

Consumers are advised to wash all fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking, even if you plan to peel the produce first. Scrub firm produce such as melons and cucumbers with a clean produce brush.

Male Therapy Products

April 6, 2012

Do you experience problems with small erections or erection control? Then give it a shot and see if male therapies can solve your problems and help you become more confident with your performance. Take a first step to a better sexual life by choosing the most suitable male therapy product.

Today we often identify the programs of penis exercises and erection enhancement as a spam, because we get a lot of e-mails of such kind and they irritate us. But in spite of this fact there are some companies which can really help men in fixing their sexual problems. It can be a real rescue for those who suffer unsatisfied and their partners as well.

Male therapy exercises can be found everywhere. Due to the Internet the method has become very popular. If you want to get more control over your erections and sexual performance, male exercises can help you to do it so and to save your money.

First of all, the male therapy exercises are based on the increase of blood circulation in penis. Blood volume also increases within this organ. Erectile tissue uptakes more blood during the sexual arousal; this causes stronger and longer erection. According to the specialists the more blood accommodates in penis, the bigger this organ is in any condition, either erected or flaccid.

PC muscle (Pubococcygeal muscle) training is one more way to obtain control over erections. Men are able to exercise Pubococcygeal muscle and learn how to get better erections, which are necessary for good sexual life. There are two other types of muscles that support the shaft of the male organ. They are the Ischio Cavernous (IC) and Bulbo Cavernous (BC). The organ gets thicker when these muscles contract. It is obvious that this group of muscles can be exercised as any other group of muscles. As a result, your penis will get bigger and thicker.

Those programmes which really help combine both muscles trainings and blood flow increase. So the main problem which needs to be solved is to find such a programme which works and will be helpful to change your sexual life for the better.

Are there any shortcomings of the therapy exercises? The answer is – “yes”. It is not as ideal as it can see. For example it won’t work when you suddenly want a fast erection. Fortunately, other male therapy products were developed to go through the deep layers of the penis tissue and penetrate the testicles at once providing positive and fast results within a minute or two.

95% of helpful components are absorbed directly into the tissue through the skin. Compare this result with the 5-10% absorption of herbal remedies in tablets or capsules.

Male therapy oils are the important part of the new group of sex-related merchandise, and are changing the landscape of the market because of their high performance. Even though normally known as natural oils, a number of these items are water-based. If you usually use condoms, you should choose a water-based “oil” because formulas based on oil are known to decrease the effectiveness of latex.

The composition of the product depends upon the manufacturer. But the common components are vitamins, natural herbs, amino acids and some flavorings. L-Argynine is one of the important elements which assist with the sexual boost. It is an amino acid which transforms into nitric oxide, a fundamental building block which is essential to the orgasm cycle in men.

A male therapy product, selected with great care, will enhance your sexual performance in the best way, helping you to achieve longer-lasting erection, greater penile firmness and to avoid or reduce the cases of premature ejaculation.