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2008-10-13 21:00:28

Health Canada is advising nursing mothers about a very rare, but serious health risk to breastfed babies if nursing mothers use codeine. Health officials say codeine is converted by the body into morphine and some people convert codeine into morphine more rapidly and completely than others. The babies of nursing mothers who rapidly metabolize codeine may be at increased risk for morphine overdose due to higher-than-expected morphine levels in breast milk. Health Canada recommends nursing...

2008-08-22 00:00:34

Codeine used in some medications can have harmful effects for infants when ingested by some breastfeeding mothers, Canadian researchers said. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto said codeine is commonly used for pain relief and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being compatible with breastfeeding. "With nearly half of all infants in North America being delivered by Caesarean section or...

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2008-08-21 19:35:00

Using pain treatments which contain codeine may be risky for some breastfeeding mothers, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Lead author Dr. Gideon Koren published research in the journal, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics which suggests that the codeine used in some pain relief drugs can actually have harmful and even fatal results for infants when ingested by some breastfeeding mothers. "With nearly...

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2008-08-20 09:05:00

By From staff reports Caltech researchers have developed a novel way to churn out large quantities of drugs, including anti-plaque toothpaste additives, antibiotics, nicotine, and even morphine, using mini "biofactories" in yeast. Christina D. Smolke, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, along with graduate student Kristy Hawkins, genetically modified common baker's yeast so that it contained the genes for several plant enzymes. The enzymes allow the yeast to produce...

2008-06-29 06:02:40

By Bridget Flynn, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jun. 29--BLOOMINGTON -- Getting all drugs out of the drinking water was the goal Saturday of the Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal (P2D2) Green Day at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Local residents had the chance to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off expired or unused drugs in the southeast parking lot of the hospital campus. Drivers pulled up and dropped off bags of pharmaceuticals for Mike Novario, the...

2008-06-14 18:00:26

GULFPORT, Miss. _ A federal magistrate has denied bond again for a doctor and pharmacist whose support group is so strong that friends had offered to mortgage their homes to raise bail money. And in the doctor's case, a half-dozen people were willing to take her place in jail pending trial Aug. 18. "I've never seen anything like it," said Michael W. Crosby, a Gulfport, Miss., attorney representing Dr. Victoria Van. Van and pharmacist Nick Tran were allowed re-consideration of bond...

2007-08-18 00:22:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that women who take codeine while nursing put their infants at risk of morphine overdose. The risk occurs when the mother is an ultra-rapid metabolizer of codeine, the FDA said Friday in a release. A review was triggered by the death of a 13-day-old breastfed infant from a morphine overdose. The morphine levels in the mother's milk were abnormally high after she took small doses of codeine to treat episiotomy pain. The FDA said physicians...

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2006-11-14 03:00:00

By Roger Dobson It hurts, makes a loud rattling noise, and travels at up to 60 miles an hour. Over the next few months, it will be responsible for more than two million visits to GPs, and more than [pound]500m will be spent on medicines this year trying to stop it. The cough is one of Britain's biggest health problems. In a full year, the costs to the economy are now estimated to have reached [pound]1bn. While in some cases it can be a symptom of more serious underlying diseases or problems...

2006-05-12 10:45:00

By David Douglas NEW YORK -- Codeine is a standard ingredient in cough remedies, but it seems to be no more effective than an inactive "placebo" compound, at least in people with chronic lung disease, UK researchers report. Dr. Jacyln Smith of South Manchester University Hospital Trusts and colleagues note that codeine is the standard anti-cough agent to which others are compared. Laboratory studies suggest it is effective for cough due to different causes, but little is known about its...

2006-03-10 12:22:15

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental "Pain Medication Appropriateness Scale" (PMAS) appears to be a useful tool for assessing the suitability of prescribing practices in nursing homes and for testing whether interventions to improve prescribing behavior are effective, investigators report. Improving pain management in nursing homes has become a priority for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission for Accrediting Health...


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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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