"Check-up Your Medicines to Save Your Life"
No.12 Cold and Influenza
Main Feature: Cold & Influenza
■Don't go see a doctor as soon as you catch a cold. Q & A
What is common cold? What is flu?
Flu is not different from common cold.
It's a self-limmiting infection.
Don't be afraid of flu!
It's "side effects of drugs" that is really harmful.
■Column: Influenza vaccination as a defense against SARS ??
■"Don't come, Winter!" The days when I am fed up with influenza consultation
■What should we do when influenza symptoms appear?
No antipyretic is necessary. No Tamiflu, No Flu Vaccine!
All you need is good "rest and sleep". Do not work when you have a cold.
■Side effects of cold medicines
Many harmful effects with cold medicines
Encephalopathy (Reye's syndrome etc) by antipyretics (NSAIDs)
Seizure and lowering blood glucose by antihistamines and one of mucus softening drugs
Brain hemorrhage and other harm by decongestants
■The latest news on Tamiflu (oseltamivir)
Tamiflu should be banned for infants.
Sudden death during sleep, accidental death due to abnormal behavior
Tamiflu is ineffective for prevention of influenza.
It only significantly decreases number of flue cases tested positive, but doesn't decrease percentage of patients with flu symptoms.
■The Relay Essay "The season for a cold has come"
■Medicine in Film: "Analgesic: Tylenol and aspirin"
■Film (Extra): "Matrix" and "Shuri"
■Bioethics in Lay Language 12 "History of bioethics in Japan 4"
■History of Drug Disaster: Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease
■History of Drug Disaster: Clioquinol is a specific remedy for SMON!?
■Interview by Editor in Chief
With Ms. SAKASHITA, Yuko Grief care and 'lessons on life'
■Petit Inochi (Life) Journal "bogus midwife"
■Introduction to EMB "What is RCT"
■Education on drug-induced sufferings: learning from victims
■Is it good to buy medicines at convenience stores?
■Q&A 1: Why is steroid inhalant first-line drug while steroid for topical application is dangerous?
■Q&A 2: Is an anticonvulsant necessary for prevention of febrile seizure?
"More scientific, evidence-based discussion is needed in drug evaluation - In case of carcinogenicity of Protopic ointment for children"
Words Frequently Heard at Hospital
Cold-----Antibiotics and antipyretics are unnecessary.
Antitussive----Use small dose when there is difficulty in sleeping.
Harm of vaccination-----Harm outweighs the benefits as the number of patients decreases
Vaccination-----Builds up immunity without contracting a disease