Dr. Steven Ross: What the doctor ordered
December 3, 2011
Just when the Tylenol/acetaminophen products were limping back to pharmacy shelves, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics has published an article in December's issue of Pediatrics reviewing the growing body of evidence linking the use of acetaminophen products to the development of asthma in high-risk families.
In the past decade, there have been troubling allegations, rumors and concerns in the world press and medical journals about the use of acetaminophen products with asthmatics and their family members.
This recent in-depth review of the issue represents a new chapter in our current understanding. The article is free of charge. Search "Pediatrics" on Google and click on the picture of this month's issue. Scroll down to "Special Articles" and click on "The Association of Acetaminophen and Asthma Prevalence and Severity."
Perhaps our ancestors had a valid point about allowing a child's immune system to fight infections with a fever, TLC and plenty of fluids.
Dr. Steven Ross