Latest Gideon Koren Stories

2009-08-19 23:12:41

A doctor in Canada warns the use of codeine to treat pain following a tonsillectomy could prove fatal for some children. Dr. Gideon Koren of the University of Western Ontario investigated the death of a 2-year-old boy following a tonsillectomy. Koren said enlarged tonsils are usually treated with antibiotics, but tonsillectomies are performed in the case of sleep apnea, in which the child stops breathing while asleep. The toddler, who had a history of snoring and sleep-study-confirmed sleep...

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...

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...

2005-06-20 22:32:19

TORONTO - Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) have found that a new topical anaesthetic (liposomal lidocaine 4% cream, brand name Maxilene) effectively reduced pain for children having IVs inserted (cannulation) in the emergency department and improved procedural success rates. This research is reported in the June 21, 2005 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). "Children and parents often cite procedural pain as the most distressing part of their...

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