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Tuesday Check UP: Childhood Asthma

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM

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Acetaminophen is probably the most commonly used children's medicine for reducing pain... But could it be doing harm to our children as well as good? As ideastream's Rick Jackson found while talking with the Plain Dealer's Sarah Jane Tribble, some area doctors now say it has contributed to the rise in childhood asthma.

"Who would think that Tylenol would be a problem?” begins the article, quoting one area doctor.
He penned an editorial that first brought the problem to light on a national scale, even though the research has pointed to the problem for years.

The drug’s makers are saying their product “has over 50 years of clinical history to support its safety and efficacy.”
Doctors at both Akron Children’s’ Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic support the findings.

[6.7 million people self-reported asthma in 1980, but the figure rose to an average 13.7 million by the end of 1994, according to the CDC study.]
[In Ohio, an estimated 252,944 children suffered from asthma in 2008]

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Sarah Jan Tribble article

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