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Acetaminophen Use and Asthma

Epidemiological data link acetaminophen use to an increased risk of wheezing and asthma among children and adolescents.

Acetaminophen is one of the most popular pain relievers in the pharmacy. It is considered very safe, especially for babies and children. A new study suggests, however, that acetaminophen may be contributing to wheezing and asthma in children and adolescents. This epidemiological research is not the first to link acetaminophen use to a greater risk of asthma. Perhaps this latest research will encourage pediatricians and parents to be more cautious in using this common painkiller and fever reducer.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Jan. 2011

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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