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Less reaction to DTaP vaccine given in kids’ thighs than arms

Less reaction to DTaP vaccine given in kids’ thighs than arms

Children age 12 to 35 months who receive DTaP vaccine in their thigh muscle rather than their arm are around half as likely to be brought in for medical attention for an injection-site reaction. So says a new study of 1.4 million children at Group Health and seven other Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) centers across the country, e-published on January 14 in Pediatrics.

«These local reactions are the most common side effect of vaccinations,» said study leader Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute...

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Testosterone gels can affect women, kids

Testosterone gels can affect women, kids

Could it be «Low T”?

By now, you’ve probably heard this line or seen a multitude of TV or newspaper ads for testosterone gel products. Drug makers have been tapping into this billion dollar market aimed at men over 40, which is when men may start to feel the signs of aging and decreased desire for sexual relations. The gel is easy to use. It’s applied once daily to the shoulders or upper arms. AndroGel can also be applied to the abdomen.

Testosterone is the body’s male hormone. It is primarily responsible for the normal growth and development of male sexual and reproductive organs...

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Smartphone App Helps Children With Autism Communicate Better

Smartphone App Helps Children With Autism Communicate Better

A smartphone application that has potential to help children with autism communicate more effectively is now available for download.

Developed by Keith Allen, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a child psychologist at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, the app uses evidence-based naturalistic teaching procedures to foster communication.

«We wanted to help parents do more to help their children learn basic communication skills...

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Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking

Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking

Hot off the presses, here’s a report from the Government Accountability Office on the state of children’s mental health care. It reveals some major problems.

«Most children whose emotions or behavior, as reported by their parent or guardian, indicated a potential need for a mental health service did not receive any services within the same year,» the GAO wrote.

The report comes after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif...

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Symptoms For Kidney Infection

Symptoms For Kidney Infection

Symptoms of a kidney infection. Left untreated, they can cause blood poisoning, loss of a kidney, or perhaps even death.

Kidney infections are dangerous. Left untreated, they can cause blood poisoning, loss of a kidney, or perhaps even death. Unless you regularly suffer from kidney infections, most people don’t recognize the symptoms or think the symptoms are another disease.

Here are some warning signs of a kidney infection:

— burning during urination. This is also a good sign of a UTI (and untreated Urinary Tract Infections can lead to kidney infections)...

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Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

«Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,» says Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development.

«Ill-advised practices and beliefs have become commonplace in our culture, such as the use of infant...

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Flu cases rise across U.S., severe season feared

Flu cases rise across U.S., severe season feared

In Chicago, a hospital employee describes the emergency department as «knee-deep in flu and pneumonia cases.»

In Richmond, Va., Dr. Kenneth Lucas of the Patient First clinic says he’s seen a 30 percent rise in flu cases, which «hit the fan around Christmastime» and «really rolled in with the holidays.»

And in Rhode Island, where almost 10 percent of emergency room visits in the past week were due to flu-like symptoms, state Health Department Director Michael Fine predicts this could be the worst flu season in years.

This year’s influenza season got off to an early start, and according to these...

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Genetic tests could pave way to ‘personalised’ asthma drugs

Genetic tests could pave way to ‘personalised’ asthma drugs

Routine and inexpensive genetic testing could save a significant number of children from being given drugs that fail to help their asthma and may even make it worse, scientists say.

It is accepted that specific medicines work better on some people than on others. Drug companies are exploring the possibilities for personalised medicines: drugs targeted to an individual’s genetic makeup, which will therefore be much more effective.

But the reverse also holds true: that some drugs are likely to be ineffective and cause more side-effects in some people than in others.

A study, carried out by r...

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Pollen in pregnancy could be linked to infant asthma

Pollen in pregnancy could be linked to infant asthma

‘Pregnant women exposed to pollen shortly before birth are more likely to have children with severe asthma,’ is the somewhat alarmist headline in the Daily Mail.

The news is based on a large Swedish study that aimed to investigate the relationship between exposure to pollen during pregnancy and the first few months of a child’s life, and the risk of the child requiring hospitalisation for asthma in the first year of life.

The researchers found that high pollen exposure during the last trimester of a mother’s pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of the child being admitted to hospi...

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Let Crying Babes Lie: Study Supports Notion of Leaving Infants to Cry Themselves Back to Sleep

Let Crying Babes Lie: Study Supports Notion of Leaving Infants to Cry Themselves Back to Sleep

Today, mothers of newborns find themselves confronting a common dilemma: Should they let their babies «cry it out» when they wake up at night? Or should they rush to comfort their crying little one?

In fact, waking up in the middle of the night is the most common concern that parents of infants report to pediatricians. Now, a new study from Temple psychology professor Marsha Weinraub gives parents some scientific facts to help with that decision.

The study, published inDevelopmental Psychology, supports the idea that a majority of infants are best left to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on ...

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