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    October 25, 2002
    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Upper respiratory tract infection, URI, Nasopharyngitis, Viral rhinosinusitis. Introduction to a common cold: It’s called the “common cold” for a reason. Your child will probab…

    Antibiotic Progress? Mixed Results
    June 20, 2002
    Antibiotic Progress? Mixed Results

    Overuse of antibiotics leads to more resistant bacteria and to sicker kids. A survey of physicians published in the June 19, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports a sig…

    Contagious Heart Disease
    March 28, 2002
    Contagious Heart Disease

    Group A strep is a common cause of illness in children. Usually the disease is as mild as strep throat, but strep can also cause serious illnesses, including toxic shock, “flesh-eating disease”, a…

    Antibiotics for Anthrax
    October 20, 2001
    Antibiotics for Anthrax?

    I’ve been asked by many parents, “What is the best antibiotic to have at home to treat children with anthrax?” Many have heard that the drug on everyone’s lips, Cipro, can have serious side ef…

    Ear Infections: Adding Up What We Know
    August 8, 2001
    Ear Infections: Adding Up What We Know

    The results of the 74 randomized, controlled studies of  ear infections published between 1966 and 1999 were analyzed and reported in the August 2001 issue of Pediatrics. About 78% of children with a…

    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics
    July 31, 2001
    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    Ear tube surgery is the most common operation performed on children. The most common reason for the surgery is to treat prolonged fluid in the ear (otitis media with effusion, or OME). An article in t…

    Ear Infections: Pain Drops Instead of Antibiotics?
    July 3, 2001
    Ear Infections: Pain Drops Instead of Antibiotics?

    Many  ear infections will get better on their own, with or without antibiotics. One problem with "watchful waiting" is that ear infections can really hurt -- especially at night. An article in the Ma…

    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?
    March 30, 2001
    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?

    We know that active culture yogurt can prevent gastrointestinal infections. Could something similar work in the ears? (more…)…

    Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumococcal Bacteria Are An Ever Greater Problem
    January 2, 2001
    Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumococcal Bacteria Are An Ever Greater Problem

    Multidrug-resistant strains of pneumococci are common in the US and continue to increase -- especially in children under age 5 -- according to a report published in the December 28th, 2001 issue of th…

    Antibiotic Dosage
    October 10, 2000
    Antibiotic Dosage

    I hear this from parents all the time -- and they are right! A study in the online version of Pediatrics found that pharmacies often dispense insufficient liquid antibiotic to complete an antibiotic c…

    Earaches and Antibiotics
    July 4, 2000
    Earaches and Ear Infections

    Dear Dr. Greene, My name is Sharine, and our 5 year old son seems to get alot of ear infections. I'm just wondering if you can tell me in plain English, not in medical terms that no one else can under…

    Antibiotic Resistance
    June 13, 2000
    Antibiotic Resistance

    In July 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disbursed money to seven unnamed US states for campaigns aimed at curbing the over-prescribing of antibiotics. The campaigns focus…

    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference
    October 5, 1998
    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference

    The symptoms we get during a viral illness are often the body's attempt to get rid of the virus and to minimize damage. Sneezing ejects the virus from the nose, cough from the lungs and throat, vomiti…

    Fast Facts about Pertussis
    July 27, 1998
    Fast Facts about Pertussis

    Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough. Pertussis is caused by bacteria that attach themselves to the cilia (little hairs) that line the respiratory tract. These bacteria produce a potent toxin…

    Fast Facts about Meningitis
    March 20, 1998
    Fast Facts about Meningitis

    Bacterial meningitis can occur at any age, but 95 percent of cases are in children under 5 years old. Boys are more likely to get it than girls. (more…)…

    Fast Facts about Septra
    July 29, 1996
    Fast Facts about Septra

    Septra and Bactrim are both brand names for a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. (more…)…