Health headlines: August 8

Other articles on kids’ health we’ve been reading this week:

  • The FDA is requiring stronger warning labels for medicines with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) blockers, which are used to treat inflammatory diseases such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Warnings will highlight the increased risk of childhood cancer.
  • Several upcoming movies feature characters with Asperger’s Syndrome. Do you think this is a good way to teach people about the reality of Asperger’s, or will the films foster stereotypes? Which ones will you see?
  • A new study reveals that the most common cause of poisonings in U.S. children is unintentional overdose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as opioids, cough and cold medicines, and antidepressants. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with manufacturers to get safer caps, but proper supervision is key to preventing accidents.
  • The Joint Commission is urging parents of hospitalized children to speak up if they feel there could be a potential error in their child’s care. How comfortable do you feel about correcting your child’s doctor? And what do physicians wish parents would mention?
  • An opinion piece from Slate about gluten-free diets. Is it a fad, a healthier way of living, or something in between? Are you or your children living gluten-free?