Medical Update - November 15, 2004

Monday, November 15th 2004, 5:43 pm
By: News On 6

Getting that flu shot and a drug used for treatment of depression could help kids with obsessive-compulsive disorders.

News on 6 In The Morning anchor LeAnne Taylor has more in this Medical Update.

If you haven't been able to get a flu shot yet, this may be your week. The Tulsa City-County Health Department says it has more than 20,000 doses to administer. Depending on the number of doses left by Friday, those who are not in the high-risk category could get the vaccine. Check with the health department for more information.

Smoking and salt can be hard on the stomach. European researchers found people who smoke or use high amounts of table salt with their food appear to be at increased risk for gastro-esophageal reflux- the disease behind heartburn and acid reflux. However researchers found tea and alcohol did not increase the risk.

A new study published in the journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found the drug Paxil is a safe and effective treatment for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Earlier this year, the government warned that Paxil and other drugs prescribed to treat depression may be linked to an increased risk of suicide in children.