Stories about: Lois Lee

The dangers of drug sharing

How accessible are the medications in your house?

A new survey shows that as many as one in seven Massachusetts parents have given their kids prescription painkillers that weren’t prescribed to them. Considering how dangerous a practice this is, those numbers are pretty shocking. Remember waiting in line for coffee this morning? If this survey is accurate then at least one of the people in front of you may have risked their child’s life to alleviate discomfort.

“There’s no question that in some cases this type of behavior could be fatal,” says Lois Lee, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “Any time you give adult strength medication to a child you increase the chance of an unintentional overdose.”

Taking prescription medication without a doctor’s approval is dangerous for anyone, but the risks are far greater for children. The dosage of most painkillers are based on the size of the patient, so what’s considered a mild painkiller for a full grown adult can have a much more pronounced effect on a child.

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Trampoline trauma

Did you watch the Today show this morning? If so you probably saw a segment on trampoline safety featuring Thriving safety expert, Lois Lee, MD, MPH. Here, Dr. Lee goes into more detail about how to keep your children safe should they use a backyard trampoline.

One of the activities my sister and I enjoyed as children was jumping on our neighbor’s trampoline.  The trampoline was your standard backyard kind–rectangular and black with only mesh on the sides. There was no such thing as netting around the trampolines back then. Most of the time we loved to jump on it and do somersaults, but there were other times when we would just lay on the warm black surface and watch the clouds drift by.

Lois Lee, MD, MPH
Lois Lee, MD, MPH

If my mother knew then what I know now, we’d have spent a lot less time on that trampoline.  Actually, knowing my mother, we wouldn’t have spent any time on it at all.

In response to NBC Today Show’s inquiry about any recent trampoline-related injuries at Children’s, I did a quick search of patients figuring there would be only a few from the scattered sunny days we have had this spring. Boy, was I surprised to find out that the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Boston has seen at least 20 children with trampoline related injuries in the last 8 weeks.  Most of the children had fractures of their arms or legs after falling while jumping on the trampoline in their own backyard.  Nationally, over 90% of the trampoline injuries seen in the emergency department occur on a home-based trampoline—not at a gymnastics facility.

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R U Ready 2 Stop TXting?

MA drivers younger than 18 are banned from using phones in any capacity while driving.

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, works in Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program

CRUNCH!! The sickening sound and subsequent lurch forward were undeniable: the dreaded sound and feel of another car running directly into the back of mine. At first I was shaken, then utterly confused as to how it could have happened. Sure, the roads were a little slick from the rain, but that had lightened up a long time ago. Not only that, but traffic at the time was standing still! How, with dry roads and street congestion, did a  driver manage to bump into my car?

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Lois Lee addresses state representatives in appeal of stricter ATV laws

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Lee addresses state officials on the dangers of ATVs and young riders

Lois Lee, MD, MPH of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program, spoke at a meeting this afternoon along with State Representatives Peter Koutoujian, Thomas Calter and Viriato deMacedo to brief members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on proposed legislation that would tighten laws pertaining to the operation of all-terrain vehicles by children. If passed the proposed ATV bill would raise the legal age of operation from 10 to 14, and require parental supervision for any ATV driver under the age of 16.

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