Monday, October 10th, 2011
Newborns Left Vulnerable When Mom Waits to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
Women should be vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, during pregnancy rather than after giving birth because postpartum vaccinations do not provide enough protection to newborns during their most vulnerable period, a new study says.
Are Probiotics Safe for Kids?
Probiotics are so common in yogurt these days, you might not think twice about giving foods laced with “good” bacteria to your youngsters. But do probiotics provide any benefits for children?
Kids Who Watch More TV Have Poorer Diabetes Control
Kids with type 1 diabetes who spend hours in front of a TV or computer each day may have poorer blood sugar control, a new study suggests.
In Calif., No More Tanning Beds for Under-18 Crowd
California girls who dream about the sun-kissed skin glorified in song by Katy Perry will have to wait until they turn 18 before they can get the effect from tanning beds under a new first-in-the-nation law.
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Eating Disorders Strike Younger and Younger
Some research shows that ten percent of those with eating disorders are under the age of ten. In the last decade hospitalization for children with eating disorders under the age of twelve has doubled. Some believe that a child’s pediatrician is the best defense and indicator when a child is developing this disorder. (ABC News)
Probiotics May Have Some Benefits for Kids
According to the American Society of Pediatrics, probiotics may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children. It has been commonly known that the good bacteria helps digestion, but recently has shown it specifically helps diarrhea caused by antibiotics. It may also help the child rid of the initial viral infection as well. (Fox News)
Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually
Based on data from 2004 from 192 countries 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoke. 1 in 100 people around the world die from secondhand smoke each year and two-thirds of those deaths occur in children. (Paging Dr. Gupta)
Vaccine Alliance says 5-in1 vaccine cost to fall
The pentavalent vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and hepatitis B, is routinely given to children in wealthy nations but price has kept it out of the reach of some poorer nations. The price has decreased 30 percent over the past 7 years and is expected to drop further in 2011. The Global Vaccines Group believes that this will allow more of the world’s poorest children to be immunized. (MSNBC)
Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake quit networking sites
The event Keep a Child Alive, organized by Alicia Keys, is urging celebrities to stay off twitter and Facebook until one million dollars has been raised for the charity. Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Elijah Wood are just some of the stars participating. (Yahoo! News)