Keeping Kids Out of Hospitals
    November 14, 2003
    Keeping Kids Out of Hospitals

    Up to 46 percent of the times that kids wind up admitted to a hospital, it could have been easily prevented, according to a study in the November 2003 Pediatrics. The researchers followed hundreds of …

    Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung
    October 28, 2003
    Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung

    A worsening polio outbreak in West Africa has already spread to nations where polio had been eradicated and has prompted hundreds of thousands of volunteers and health workers to race to immunize 15 m…

    Asthma, Behavior, and Clueless Parents
    September 30, 2003
    Asthma, Behavior, and Clueless Parents

    If your child has asthma, or might have asthma, you may want to learn all you can about it rather than relying on the bits and pieces you learn at office visits or in the ER. Besides giving your child…

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine
    September 29, 2003
    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    In stark contrast to some earlier studies, giving children flu vaccine does not help to prevent ear infections in young children, according to a large study published in the September 24, 2003 Journal…

    Protecting Babies from HIV
    September 15, 2003
    Protecting Babies from HIV

    My heart goes out to pregnant women with HIV. Even though treatments for HIV continue to improve, its presence casts a dark shadow over a special time. In 2002, about 800,000 babies caught HIV from th…

    Antibiotic Use Dropping
    September 9, 2003
    Antibiotic Use Dropping

    Antibiotic use in children increased steadily through the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s, and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria increased as well. Researchers at Harvard University looked…

    What is hMPV?
    July 1, 2003
    What is hMPV?

    Most parents have never heard of it – yet. Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a respiratory virus first discovered by scientists in the Netherlands in 2001. It can cause pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and-f…

    Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem
    June 24, 2003
    Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem

    Pizza, macaroni, breads, crackers, cereals, and spaghetti are among many children’s favorite foods. These foods and many others can be sources of gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). Wh…

    Monkeypox
    June 9, 2003
    Monkeypox

    For the first time in history, monkeypox has been found in people in the Western Hemisphere. On June 7, there were six known people with probable monkeypox, on June 8, twenty eight, and on June 9, for…

    The Appendix -- Does it Guard Against Cancer?
    June 5, 2003
    The Appendix — Does it Guard Against Cancer?

    Many people think that the appendix serves no useful function in the body. Many people have even had their appendix taken out during an unrelated abdominal operation just to “prevent” appendicitis…

    Sleeping with SIDS
    May 9, 2003
    Sleeping with SIDS

    Sudden infant death syndrome has dropped by well over 50 percent since the 1994 initiative to have babies sleep on their backs. Overall, SIDS strikes only 0.62 per 1000 babies in the United States. Th…

    Throat Clearing – An Important Clue?
    April 28, 2003
    Throat Clearing – An Important Clue?

    On the historic island of Crete, with its olive trees, orange groves, and vineyards; its old stone farmhouses, monasteries and villages; and its long-forgotten castles and chapels, sits a modern unive…

    Coffin Birth
    April 21, 2003
    Coffin Birth

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: It has been a quarter century since the term ‘coffin birth’ or ‘sarg geburt’ appeared in the medical literature. This old phrase was used to describe an unusual grim parod…

    SARS Unmasked
    April 17, 2003
    SARS Unmasked

    On April 16, 2003 the World Health Organization announced that the final piece of evidence had fallen into place,* allowing them to declare confidently the identity of the virus that causes SARS. The …

    SARS and Allergies
    April 11, 2003
    SARS and Allergies

    Allergy season brings with it sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and runny noses – some of the same symptoms found in SARS. The linings of our noses contain tiny guardians called mast cells, whose purpos…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese …

    Disease – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    April 4, 2003
    Disease – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

    Definition: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia, resulting in acute respiratory distress and sometimes death. It is a dramatic example of how quickly world travel c…

    Epispadias
    April 3, 2003
    Epispadias

    Dr. Greene's Answer: John, I commend you and your wife for your search and advocacy on behalf of your son. As you are aware, epispadias is not a common problem. It affects fewer than 1 in 100,000 boys…

    Preventing SARS
    April 2, 2003
    Preventing SARS

    As SARS continues to slowly spread around the globe, parents want to know what they can do to reduce the risk of their kids getting it. But here is the problem: we know that people diagnosed with SARS…

    SARS – School’s Out
    March 26, 2003
    SARS – School’s Out

    All primary schools, preschools, daycares, high schools, and junior colleges throughout the nation of Singapore have been closed until at least April 6, 2003 in an attempt to stop the spread of SARS i…