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Posts tagged "pediatric medicine"

Study: Anesthesia Drug Ketamine Harms Children's Brain Activity

Ketamine is a commonly used anesthetic in pediatric operations, but it may be doing serious damage to young patients.syringedoctor-thumb-160x160-23100.jpg According to a study published in Science Daily, children under age 3 who had lengthy exposure to ketamine during surgery displayed memory problems, learning disorders and behavioral issues once they reached school age.

Pediatric Stroke Victims Often Harmed By Delayed Diagnosis

pediatrician-thumb-338x506-17283-thumb-144x215-17301-thumb-144x215-17302.jpgStrokes are a top-10 cause of death for children in the U.S., and approximately 3,000 children will suffer a stroke during 2013. The threat is substantial, but most children don't receive appropriate medical treatment in the critical minutes and hours after their stroke.

Girl Receives $63M Jury Award For Necrosis Caused By Motrin

In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.

Study: 96 Percent Of Children In ICUs Given Off-Label Drugs

Nearly all children who admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) receive off-label medication. "Off label" is a term used to describe drugs that aren't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of a particular condition. While it's legal for doctors to administer off-label uses of drugs, it comes with heightened risk since the FDA hasn't declared the medication safe for the particular purpose.