Women who take oral contraceptives might need to check their pill packs. Barr Laboratories is recalling three batches of it's Nortrel "7-7-7" birth control pills. Barr says the pills may not be packaged in the right sequence, so women using them may be at a higher risk of becoming pregnant. The company is asking consumers to check for the right sequence of yellow, blue, peach, and white pills, with four rows of pills in each packet. Manufacturers say they will replace out of sequence pill packs at no charge and they will pay for a pregnancy test if your pills are in the recall group. If you think your pills are out of sequence, talk to your pharmacist or call the company toll free at 1-800-222-0190.
A new study offers some hope to parents of children who suffer peanut allergies. The study of 80 children with established peanut allergies found that more than half had no reaction when exposed to the nuts later, including those who had experienced severe reactions in the past. Of course, you don't want to test this theory on your own because there's always the chance your child may still have a serious reaction. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center say the findings suggest that in some patients, the allergy may come and go. So they recommend kids diagnosed with peanut allergy be re-tested by an allergist every year or two.
Haven't we all heard a kid say in the midst of a squabble "But he hit me harder..." Well, it looks like there is some science to back that up. A new study suggests that the brain is wired to underestimate the real amount of force a person uses on someone else. But the brain can accurately perceive the amount of force it receives. British scientists know that now by conducting a series of touch experiments in which study groups were told to press on themselves and then press on someone else using the same amount of force. All of it was measured. And every time, the person pressed harder on the other guy than against his own body even though they insisted the pressure was the same. Along with touch perception, researchers say this experiment helps explain why we can't tickle ourselves. The study was conducted by researchers at the University College of London and is published in the journal Science.