Hand Washing Double Bonus
    February 17, 2008
    Hand Washing Double Bonus

    Hand washing does something cool that I bet most parents never think about. Most parents do know that hand washing before eating can greatly reduce the risk of bacterial and viral infections and is a …

    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt
    January 23, 2008
    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt

    Washing the nasal passages with a saline solution is better than OTC cold meds both at treating and preventing common colds, according to a study published in the January 2008 Archives of Otolaryngolo…

    How Much Dark Honey for Cough
    December 5, 2007
    How Much Dark Honey for Cough?

    Nighttime cough is rough for kids and for parents. I’m not surprised that people spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter cough remedies, even though the most common ingredient, dextromethorpha…

    Tonsils, Time, Throats, and Outcomes
    November 21, 2007
    Tonsils, Time, Throats, and Outcomes

    Taking out the tonsils for throat infections isn’t nearly as common as it used to be, but tonsillectomy remains one of the most common operations in kids. When is the procedure worth it? When might …

    Cough Medicine Alternatives
    October 29, 2007
    Cough Medicine Alternatives

    Since the recall of over the counter cough medicines I’ve been asked repeatedly what I personally recommend. The following is an excerpt from my book, Raising Baby Green. It was written before the r…

    Superbugs at School (and Preschool)
    October 22, 2007
    Superbugs at School (and Preschool)

    MRSA infections now kill more Americans than does HIV/AIDS, according to a CDC report in the October 17, 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association. Most of these infections are in adults over a…

    Cough and Cold Medicines
    October 11, 2007
    Cough and Cold Medicines

    None of us want to see children feel miserable – for their sakes or for ours. We want remedies when they feel sick. In light of this, I am pleased with the decision of major pharmaceutical companies…

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia
    April 25, 2007
    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia…

    Acetaminophen and Liver Failure
    December 3, 2005
    Acetaminophen and Liver Failure

    Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used medicines in children. One brand name, Tylenol, is known by most parents in the U.S. Often used by itself to relieve pain or to reduce fevers, it is also…

    Flu Vaccine Recommendations
    September 29, 2005
    Flu Vaccine Recommendations

    Flu season is almost here. Most people who get the flu feel miserable, but recover without major problem. Nevertheless, each year, the flu kills an average of about 36,000 people in the US alone. Over…

    Dark Chocoate and Coughs
    February 23, 2005
    Dark Chocolate and Coughs

    You've heard of DM cough syrups. How about DC cough remedies? DM is an abbreviation for an over-the-counter cough suppressant called dextromethorphan. What is DC? It.s the nickname given by members of…

    Chocolate and Coughs
    November 30, 2004
    Chocolate and Coughs

    Could chocolate be more effective than codeine in treating coughs? And if so, how much chocolate would it take? Research published November 17, 2004 in FJ Express, which will appear in The FASEB Journ…

    Mild Flu Year?!?
    October 19, 2004
    Mild Flu Year?!?

    It's too soon to say for sure, but early signs suggest that this year may be a mild flu season in the United States - despite the fear frenzy the flu vaccine shortage has fueled. Here's the first clue…

    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury
    September 27, 2004
    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    A concerned father recently contacted me about the no-added-mercury flu vaccine. He had called the manufacturers who admitted that there were still trace amounts of mercury in the vaccine. He wanted t…

    Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?
    July 4, 2004
    Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?

    In a recent survey 1,000 people were asked where they thought disease-causing germs were most likely to be found: shopping cart handles, porta potties, playground equipment, escalator handrails, or pi…

    Zinc for Pneumonia
    May 25, 2004
    Zinc for Pneumonia

    What we eat affects our health. Zinc is an essential nutrient that has many functions in the body, including being critical for optimal operation of the immune system. We know that getting enough zinc…

    West Nile Babies
    February 27, 2004
    West Nile Babies

    What happens when pregnant women get bitten by a mosquito? West Nile virus infection has become increasingly common in the United States. In 2003 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) r…

    Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
    February 27, 2004
    Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Washing with soap and water is very effective. The problem is, to really work, handwashing must be done frequently and properly. It is not always possible or convenient for people…

    Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps
    February 27, 2004
    Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The distinction is not clear to many consumers, but the products work quite differently and have different results. In alcohol-based hand sanitizers (like Purell), the active in…

    What Hand Hygiene Product Should I Use?
    February 27, 2004
    What Hand Hygiene Product Should I Use?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Consumers should read the product label to determine the active ingredient. The CDC Web site (www.cdc.gov) is a wonderful resource for general information about preventing infecti…