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Publish Date: 08/28/02
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UC Physicians in the National News

Cincinnati--On July 23, the New York Times quoted Susan Montauk, MD, professor of family medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine about how the use of over-the-counter medications and antibiotics in children have been reduced, but are still used too much in treating viral colds and sore throats. Dr. Montauk commented on the recent report from the American Academy of Family Physicians that said the range between a therapeutic dose and toxic dose of pseudoephedrine, the only over-the-counter decongestant, is very narrow. Doctors in this report concluded that decongestants should be given to young children "with extreme care, if at all." Still, in many cases, doctors do not seem to be passing this information to parents and continue to recommend over-the-counter drugs. Sales of children's cold remedies totaled $277.6 million in 2001. "There is a knee-jerk response in medicine: we want to help," said Dr.Montauk, coauthor of this family physician group's report. Paul Keck, MD, professor of biological psychiatry at the UC College of Medicine was quoted in an article entitled "Young and Bipolar" that appeared on the cover of Time magazine August 19. Keck treats bipolar illness in adults and collaborates with Robert Kowatch, MD, a UC pediatric professor and psychiatrist who treats bipolar children at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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