Dec. 5, 2007. Courtesy JAMA and Archives Journals and World Science staff
A bit of buckwheat honey beat the leading over-the-counter children’s cough remedy in relieving kids’ cough and associated sleep troubles, a study has found.
But the research—though published in a respected medical journal—was funded by the U.S. honey industry. Its authors recommended further studies to confirm the results, while noting that safety and efficacy questions have arisen around over-the-counter kids’ cough medicines. “Cough is the reason for nearly three percent of all outpatient visits in the United States, more than any other symptom,” they wrote in the report. “It most commonly occurs in conjunction with an upper respiratory tract infection,” and often disrupts sleep. (more…)