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Pooh-Bah
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Posted:Health experts have issued a warning that children under 16 should not take aspirin because of the risk of a rare but potentially fatal condition called Reye's syndrome.
Audrey Harrington's daughter Katie died of the condition in 1981, aged 11.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2353187.stm
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After hearing how fantastic Aspirin is over the years..

Why didn't we just stick with White Willow bark extract?

So if you are 15 and 364 days old you have to wait a day..


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You are never to old to storm a bouncey castle..

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:The risk of Rye's syndrome has been recognized in the U.S. for over 10 years. Aspirin should not be given to children underr 16, especially if they have fever.

The reason that willow bark wasn't as good as aspirin, BTW, was because it was much more acidic and irritating to the stomach than aspirin.

Aspirin is still great for adults and can be used to treat a number of complaints and conditions, but kids should take Tylenol or Advil.


-Mike )'(
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"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pooh-Bah
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Posted:Cool thanks Mike - if you guys have known about it for TEN years.. it's a real shame that that little girl died..

Another life lost due to no communications..

RIP little Katie


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SaBBaS
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Posted:quick question for you, mike(to help you practicing for your life as a doctor... ):
isn't paracetamol good for fever? that's what i've heard is pretty good...
just curious...


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iluminaryfaerie
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Location: Guelph, Ontario, Camerica
Member Since: 5th Oct 2002
Total posts: 89
Posted:indeed.
no drugs are good for you.
we've basically stopped the natural evolution of our immune systems through the use of medications. soon we'll have disgustingly weak immune systems and pop pills for anything. death from the common cold won't be that unlikely.

well that is if the world doesn't end in 2012, whiiiiich it will..

jig whu? jigga hey?! jigga gaja!


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Flynt
Flynt

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Posted:so what we are saying is, kiddies should wait till they are 16 before they start gobbling pills??

I think i'd rather go eat some oranges and some garlic......


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Doc Lightning
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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Posted:quote:Originally posted by SaBBaS:
quick question for you, mike(to help you practicing for your life as a doctor... ):
isn't paracetamol good for fever? that's what i've heard is pretty good...
just curious...It is good for fever, but the best thing to do with a fever is to just let it be. A fever is a defense mechanism, so don't fight fevers.

If a fever is so high that it's dangerous, then you need to go to the hospital.


-Mike )'(
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"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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AardvarkOnAcid
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Member Since: 5th Jul 2002
Total posts: 92
Posted:quote:Originally posted by iluminaryfaerie:
indeed.
no drugs are good for you.
we've basically stopped the natural evolution of our immune systems through the use of medications. soon we'll have disgustingly weak immune systems and pop pills for anything. death from the common cold won't be that unlikely.

well that is if the world doesn't end in 2012, whiiiiich it will..

jig whu? jigga hey?! jigga gaja!The natural evolution of our immune systems involved everyone who didn't fight off a disease dying. Thats kind of how evolution works. Remember the black plaque?


Is that all life comes down to? To be lying face down with an overenthusiastic guy in pink pin-striped pants sitting on top of you and grunting? -- Random MusingsSex, Drugs and Psytrance.

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