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Ear Infections: Misdiagnosed, Overdiagnosed – New Guidelines Released

Clearly, and by a huge margin, ear infections are the most common diagnosis in all of pediatric medicine. Did I say by a large margin? Clinician visits for Acute Otitis Media (“middle” ear infection – AOM) in 1995-96 were 950 per 1000 children seen! [Makes one wonder who were the 50 that didn’t have an infection]
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SIDS, “Back To Sleep” and Bed Sharing

Nearly ten years is enough time that some of you may not remember when our best advice was to always put a baby to bed facing downward so that he wouldn’t choke if he “upchucked” a bit. Things change and to me that was a big one. I almost felt like I needed to phone everyone I had ever given that advice to and (more…)

Aw Crap! Not The Bacon Too

Any of you who have been to an ER or other medical service lately know that we are big on heart health, especially regards to diet. By “we” I mean the medical profession, by “heart healthy” I mean focusing on activities beneficial to your heart and by “diet” it often means: “if it tastes good spit it out.”
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Chicken Pox ‘er Chicken Pecks ‘er Chicken Bumps

We’ve got us a bit of a pickle here now that we’ve had such an amazing result with our Chicken Pox vaccine program. Perhaps you missed the news but since we started the Varicella vaccine program in earnest in 1995, the overall incidence of the miserable thing has declined by around 90 percent!
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Huge Variability In Dietary Suppliments – Vitamin D

It has long been known, or at least felt, by the medical community that the “dietary supplement” industry used widely varied but fairly dubious practices in their dealing with people. That comes from the majority of them realizing they can pretty much obtain the equivalent of winning the lottery if they can just use the right advertising slogan or (more…)

Influenza Virus Spreads Even Without Coughing

I bet you feel pretty safe around someone with the “flu” if you don’t touch them, they don’t cough or sneeze and you stand at least six feet away. I know I always have and most others I know have as well. Not so!

In an absolutely amazing new study some infectious disease experts have found that (more…)

Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2012

Despite the relatively luxuriously life we live here in the US, as far as food standards go, foodborne illness (food poisoning) is common and can happen to anyone. How common is it? Well, about 1 in 6 Americans (48 million) get sick yearly. One hundred and twenty-eight THOUSAND are hospitalized and three thousand die. (more…)

Non-Medication ADHD Treatment Results Poor Studies Show

Here’s a great new finding that is bound to draw some ire from practitioners of alternative treatment’s for children with ADHD. I say that because it’s happened before any time someone tries to actually put some scientific investigation into areas of very lucrative sacred cows. What I’m referring to are: cognitive training, neurofeedback, behavioral interventions, and exclusion of foods associated with hypersensitivity. All of these “promise” ADHD treatment.
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Antibiotics Used in Treatment of Kwashiorkor, Marasmus Malnutrition

This article is not so much for anyone I know – except, perhaps someone entering the Peace Corps – but to provide “closure” so to speak for an issue that I saw a lot of during my medical training (Vietnam War era). I wanted to write about some new research in the treatment of severe malnutrition (Marasmus and Kwashiorkor) in (more…)

Childhood Immunization: Updated 2013 guidelines

What I have been trying to say for the past couple of days, and kept getting side-tracked, is that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released this years immunization schedule (2013) which not only takes into account all the recent scientific studies but tries to make them understandable–as understandable as Read more→

Pediatric Immunizations: Still Needed, Safe?

After writing yesterday’s article about the new 2013 immunization guidelines I started looking for images in my photo-file of a child with Mumps or Measles. I did find one with measles and even Rubella, but not for mumps. So, I looked on the internet to see if there was one in the public domain that I could use because I’m beginning to realize that these days it’s getting harder to find someone who has actually seen these diseases.
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