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  • Pediarix Combination Vaccine

    Pediarix Combination Vaccine

    Fewer needle sticks… the same protection! On Tuesday, December 16, 2002, the FDA approved a new five-vaccine combination for children. Pediarix contains vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and hepatitis B, all in one syringe. The injection is to be given at the 2, 4, and 6 month well-baby exams. These 3 shots […]

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  • Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism

    Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism

    Once the question was raised about whether the MMR vaccine might trigger autism in some children, even mounting evidence to the contrary had not put fears to rest. The vaccine rate has plummeted since the study, while autism continues to rise. But a study of over 500,000 Danish children published in the November 7, 2002 […]

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  • Zoster (chickenpox)

    Zoster (chickenpox): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: varicella-zoster virus, chickenpox, shingles Introduction to chickenpox: Chickenpox is one of the classic childhood diseases. A young child covered in pox and out of school for a week is a typical scene. The first half of the week feels miserable from itching; the second half miserable from boredom. Since the introduction of the […]

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  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A-to-Z Guide

    Related concepts: SIDS Introduction to SIDS: Everything dear to us causes pain. Becoming a parent opens up new landscapes within us: new hopes, fears, delights, and sorrows. There is no magic moment when you will stop worrying. Sometimes, even when we do everything right, babies die. The fragility and unpredictability of life underscore how precious […]

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  • Smallpox A to Z Guide

    Smallpox: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Variola Introduction to smallpox: Smallpox long reigned as the king of dreaded contagious diseases. It killed more people than any other virus in recorded history — about 500 million people in the 20th century alone. For about 20 years, smallpox seemed to have vanished, no longer haunting the dreams of most people. Many […]

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  • Smiling Boy

    Sinusitis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Acute bacterial sinusitis, Chronic bacterial sinusitis, Subacute bacterial sinusitis Introduction to sinusitis: That runny nose and cough just won’t go away… Perhaps your child has a sinus infection. Sinusitis is a common problem in children. Nevertheless, it is often over-diagnosed in children with green runny noses, and missed in children who really have […]

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  • Sickle Cell Anemia

    Sickle Cell Anemia: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Hemoglobin S Introduction to sickle cell anemia: Normal red blood cells are soft, gel-like discs that can squish as needed to slip through the tiny capillaries of the body. In sickle cell disease, the red blood cells are brittle. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell disease is caused by a genetic variation […]

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  • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)

    Otitis Media with Effusion (OME): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Serous otitis media, secretory otitis media, silent otitis media, ear infection, silent ear infection Introduction to otitis media with effusion: Parents are often surprised to learn that their child has an ear infection. The infection is discovered during a visit for another purpose altogether. Even though silent ear infections cause no obvious symptoms, […]

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  • Rubella

    Rubella: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: German measles, Congenital rubella syndrome, Third disease, French measles, False measles, Scarlatina morbillosa, Hybrid measles Introduction to rubella: How tragic when a mild illness, scarcely worse than a cold, can cause such devastating effects on babies. Young parents, beware! What is rubella? Rubella is one of the classic rash illnesses of childhood. In […]

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  • Tetanus

    Tetanus: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Lockjaw Introduction to tetanus: Even though the bacteria that cause tetanus are common in the United States, the tetanus vaccine has made tetanus infections rare. Nevertheless, tetanus remains a major worldwide cause of illness and death. What is tetanus? Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is caused by a toxin created by a bacterium found […]

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