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 in…

    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…

    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 li…

    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 mer…

    A New Use for Polio Vaccine?
    A New Use for Polio Vaccine?

    Dr. Greene presents some promising news about the 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 th…

    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 …

    Measles Outbreak - Extremely Contagious
    Measles Outbreak – Extremely Contagious

    Dr. Greene's advice for a measles outbreak... Did you know thatairborn transmission of measles can occur just by being in the same room as someone with the disease? You can even catch the disease up …

    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 vacc…

    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 th…

    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 bee…

    Chicken Pox Vaccine
    Chicken Pox Vaccine

    No matter how much is known about a vaccine before it is licensed for routine use, after it has been used in millions of people it is possible to discover side effects that are too subtle or too rare …

    Teen Immunization
    Teen Immunization

    Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to a growing problem: an estimated 35 million teens, in the United States alone, are missing one or more doses of childhoo…

    Ear Infections - Predicting Them! Preventing Them?
    Ear Infections – Predicting Them! Preventing Them?

    No one has fun when babies' ears are in pain. Testing a baby's cord blood for levels of maternal antibodies to pneumococcal bacteria can predict the frequency of ear infections. Information presented …

    Aerosol Form Of Measles Vaccine
    Aerosol Form Of Measles Vaccine

    Dr. Greene's thoughts on the aerosol form of measles vaccine... Wouldn't it be wonderful if kids could get vaccines that were safe and effective without having to have a needle poke? The March 4th, 20…

    CDC Recommends Routine Hepatitis A Vaccine For All Children
    CDC Recommends Routine Hepatitis A Vaccine For All Children

    In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended routine Hepatitis A vaccination for children in high-risk areas. Hepatitis A is a serious, debilitating disease that can be sp…

    Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections
    Prevnar Vaccine Available to Prevent Ear and Sinus Infections

    Antibiotic-resistant pneumococcal infections have become a major health problem. In February 2000 the FDA approved Prevnar, the exciting new vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections - the lead…

    Parents Question Double MMR Vaccinations
    Parents Question Double MMR Vaccinations

    I recently heard from an anxious mother in Kuwait,"My son has been vaccinatedtwice with the MMR by mistake, one was at 1.5 year and the second at 3.9 years. Please kindly advise." (more…)…

    Lyme Disease Vaccine
    Lyme Disease Vaccine

    The newly approved Lyme disease vaccine is not yet proven safe and effective for children under age 15, although the vaccine looks promising for children in studies currently underway. (more…)…

    Update on Vaccine - Related Deaths
    Update on Vaccine – Related Deaths

    Children have received vaccines for many years. But in 1991, for the first time, newborns began receiving a vaccine. Has this caused an increase in SIDS or in vaccine-related deaths? (more…)…

    Polio Recommendations
    Polio Recommendations

    No more polio? The World Health Organization was on target to eliminate polio by the end of the year 2000. This wonderful achievement also changes the risks vs. benefits for polio vaccines. For that r…