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4 Your Health: Sweet drinks lead to obese children; medication mistakes

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More and more people are making mistakes when taking their medication and in some cases, those mistakes are sending them to the hospital. 

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, analyzed calls to poison control centers across the country.

Medication errors, serious enough to require hospitalization were rare but did increase from  2000 to 2012. A majority of those mistakes happened at home when people took the wrong drug, or too much. Most involved heart drugs and painkillers. 

Experts say it's important to write down medication directions, especially if there is more than one caregiver for a patient.

Reducing child obesity

Avoiding sugar-sweetened drinks during pregnancy may be a way to prevent childhood obesity.

A Harvard study looked at more than one-thousand mothers and their children.

Children whose mothers drank more sugary beverages during their second trimester had higher amounts of body fat when they reached age 7 or 8.

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