Personal Briefing Ideas & Trends

Posted: May 11, 1989

PAINKILLER HAZARDS. Regular, long-term use of the painkiller acetaminophen increases the risk of developing kidney disease. That's according to a new study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and other medications. But Kidney Foundation president Saulo Klahr, who read the study, said you'd have to take roughly 325 milligrams (one regular-strength tablet) a day of Tylenol for about 20 years to accumulate the kind of dosage that might lead to chronic kidney disease.

HOSPITAL TRAUMA. A hospitalized child is less likely to get depressed than the parents of such a child, and their reactions can affect the child's level of distress. Researchers reporting those findings also said children showed less distress if they had more exposure to sometimes discomforting medical procedures. Children may be able to become rapidly accustomed to such experiences, P. Alex Mabe of the Medical College of Georgia said at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

GROWTH DRUG. Preliminary tests show that a new drug stimulates growth- hormone production. So says Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., and that's good news for the one baby in every 5,000 born in the United States that suffers from a lack of growth hormone. If untreated, the problem can leave these children 7 to 10 inches shorter than normal. The current treatment consists of injections of a hormone substitute every few days for the first 10 years of life.

MENTAL DISORDERS. During their lifetimes, one of three Americans will experience at least one acute mental disorder. So says Prevention Report.

GIVE MOM A BREAK. Candy, flowers, greeting cards and dinner out are nice. But when Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. asked 100 mothers what they most wanted for Mother's Day, the most fervently expressed desire, by 24 percent of those surveyed, was for peace and quiet, a day off or a good night's sleep.

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