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  • Kids Feel Pain!

    Kids Feel Pain!

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Pain Society have issued a September 2001 policy statement calling for pediatricians to respect and manage the pain that children feel from injuries, illnesses, and (too often) from medical procedures.

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  • A War For Children's Health

    A War For Children’s Health

    In 1988, polio still ravaged about 350,000 new people each year, causing damage that will last for the rest of their lives. The World Health Organization, UNICEF, the CDC, and Rotary International saw that polio could be entirely eradicated from the world. Their aim is to have it gone by 2005. So far, they have […]

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  • College and Meningitis

    College and Meningitis

    When your child first packs up and heads off for college, it is a bittersweet moment. How horrible if meningitis were to make the separation permanent. The first year is the critical time. Freshmen living in dormitories are at the greatest risk — more than 7 times higher than undergraduates in general — according to […]

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  • Mercury Questions

    Mercury Questions

    Two questions came up in chat about news urging us to reduce children’s exposure to mercury. Is there mercury in fish oil capsules? And should we delay or forgo vaccines in children because of the mercury in the vaccines?

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  • A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

    A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

    The polio virus, once widely feared for its power to cripple and kill, may be the key to treating deadly brain tumors. A report at the May 2001 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology described how the virus targets and destroys the tumor cells of malignant gliomas, which are among the most common and […]

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  • Ear Piercing – How Early is Too Early?

    Ear Piercing – How Early is Too Early?

    Many parents opt to wait on ear piercing until a child is able to make the decision for herself (or himself). Some parents find it desirable for their children to have pierced ears as babies. But how early is too early?

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  • Measles Outbreak - Extremely Contagious

    Measles Outbreak – Extremely Contagious

    Airborn transmission of measles can occur just by being in the same room as someone with the disease — up to 3 hours after the infected person has left!

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  • MMR Autism

    MMR & Autism

    Some people have speculated that the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (MMR), which is routinely given to millions of children each year, had caused a huge surge in autism over the last 30 years. The vaccine rate has plummeted since the study, while autism continues to rise.

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  • Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumococcal Bacteria Are An Ever Greater Problem

    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 the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors are hopeful, as am I, that the pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar, will protect children from […]

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  • Prevent Meningitis

    Prevent Meningitis

    One evening a child has a high fever, a severe headache, and a stiff neck. It might be just the flu — or it might be meningococcal meningitis. This devastating disease, though still uncommon, has been striking more often throughout the last decade.

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