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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.  He is now based in New York City.

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Jun 29, 2022




The FDA now issues a special communication warning parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers not to use neck floats with babies participating in water therapy.  The use of neck buoyancy devices can lead to serious injury or death by drowning, particularly for children with developmental delays,  spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy.  These neck float devices have not be evaluated or approved by the FDA, provide no demonstrated benefits, and may lead to an increased risk of neck strain snd injury for children with musculoskeletal problems.  The FDA is calling on all providers, healthcare teams, and parents to immediately stop using these devices.  Everyone should report any injuries or untoward incidents associated with the use of these devices to the FDA via the reporting portal.  I’ve provided the link with this report’s narrative.


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