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Study suggests pediatric use of acetaminophen can lead to asthma

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON The journal Lancet on Friday announced a large study covering children in 31 countries has found that use of acetaminophen in children in the first year may be at higher risk for developing asthma.

The study consisted of parent-provided reports of 205,000 children and found that acetaminophen use in the first year of life was associated with a 46 percent higher risk of asthma by age six, as compared to children who were not given acetaminophen in the first year.

The findings will be published in the Sept. 20 issue of the journal.

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HBI introduces DreamKeeper 400 for insomnia

BY Michael Johnsen

FREMONT, Calif. HBI USA on Wednesday announced the launch of its insomnia device DreamKeeper 400, which uses its proprietary breath synchronization program and parallelized electroStatic field technology to rebuild the user’s biological clock and improve the quality and duration of sleep.

According to clinical trials conducted by the company, 70 percent of users reported improvements in sleep duration and quality within three weeks of using the device.

Users position the DreamKeeper on the inner wrist a half-hour prior to going to bed for a period of approximately three weeks. The breath synchronization program guides users to slow down their breathing, to calm them down and prepare for sleep.

Suggested retail for the DreamKeeper 400 is $149.99, and is currently available online through Target and Amazon.com.

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FullTurn Media’s sexual health survey receives more than 1.2 million responses

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK FullTurn Media, which hosts the Sexual Health Guru, an online destination for issues of intimate health, on Thursday released a survey that, to date, has generated more than 1.2 million online responses.

“We knew that an anonymous on-line sexual health survey would be a powerful research tool, and we thought that visitors to Sex Health Guru would enjoy participating, but we were still surprised by how quickly it has caught on,” stated Joshua Silberstein, chief executive officer of FullTurn Media.

The research has found, for example, that 27 percent of all female respondents reported taking the emergency contraceptive Plan B at least once, and that 19.1 percent of women under the age of 18 had taken it. FullTurn’s research does not indicate, however, whether those women under the age of 18 had acquired Plan B over-the-counter. Plan B is still a prescription-only medicine for women under the age of 18.

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