Regular Soap and How it Works
    February 27, 2004
    Regular Soap and How it Works

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Soap isn’t designed to kill bacteria, but to lift dirt off of surfaces so that it can easily be rinsed away. This is what happens when people wash their hands with soap. (more&h…

    Bird Flu, SARS, and Public Health
    January 27, 2004
    Bird Flu, SARS, and Public Health

    A six-year-old boy in Thailand has died from bird flu, along with seven others in southeast Asia whose deaths have been confirmed to have been caused by this avian flu. Although a deadly epidemic is p…

    Avian Flu
    January 15, 2004
    Avian Flu

    The flu epidemic appears to be winding down in the United States, having killed 93 children between October 2003 and January 6, 2004. About a third of these kids had another underlying medical conditi…

    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…

    Polio - It’s A Small World After All
    October 26, 2003
    Polio – It’s A Small World After All

    Hundreds of thousands of health workers and volunteers are mobilizing to reach every child in 5 countries with polio vaccine within just a few days – in countries where polio had previously been era…

    October Protection For Your Child
    September 26, 2003
    October Protection For Your Child

    Most parents would be surprised to learn that in the US the 6th leading cause of death among children under 4 years old is the flu and its complications. We know the elderly are at risk; but so are yo…

    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…

    Milk Protein Spray for Preventing Infection
    September 11, 2003
    Milk Protein Spray for Preventing Infection

    The FDA declared in August 2003 that it is safe to spray lactoferrin, a naturally occurring milk protein, onto raw beef to help prevent infections from disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and sal…

    Cough Season
    September 11, 2003
    Cough Season

    We all want to help a coughing child. But a big difference looms between what should happen and what does happen when kids have bronchitis and other cough illnesses. Even though overall antibiotic use…

    Pack it with the School Supplies
    August 29, 2003
    Pack it with the School Supplies

    A list of the top 10 recent research articles in children’s health appeared in the August 2003 issue of Pediatric News, the leading newspaper for pediatricians. Number two on the list was about how …

    Rapid Flu Test: Knowledge is Power
    July 14, 2003
    Rapid Flu Test: Knowledge is Power

    Usually the flu is diagnosed based on the signs and symptoms, and the lack of lab evidence for other types of infections. Viral cultures to prove the diagnosis are costly and slow – the child may be…

    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…

    Monkeypox 3: Spreads From Person to Person?
    June 12, 2003
    Monkeypox 3: Spreads From Person to Person?

    The state of Wisconsin has reported suspected monkeypox in two healthcare workers who had no known animal exposure but who had been caring for earlier monkeypox patients on May 22. The symptoms are st…

    Monkeypox 2: Containment
    June 12, 2003
    Monkeypox 2: Containment

    On June 11, 2003 the federal government authorized the use of its stores of smallpox vaccine to help contain the U.S. monkeypox outbreak. Meanwhile, the outbreak investigation continues to spread, fro…

    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…

    Asthma and SARS
    April 15, 2003
    Asthma and SARS

    There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways i…

    SARS and Allergies
    April 11, 2003
    SARS and Allergies

    Is it SARS or allergies? Dr. Greene explores... Allergy season brings with it sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and runny noses – some of the same symptoms found in SARS. The linings of our noses contai…

    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…

    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…

    Strong Prevention
    March 26, 2003
    Strong Prevention

    Respiratory infections are the number one reason that young children in the United States are hospitalized. More than 1 in 20 babies are hospitalized for a respiratory infection before their first bir…