Monday, December 18, 2017

CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Universal Influenza Vaccine

A panel of immunization experts voted today (February 24, 2010) to expand the recommendation for annual influenza vaccination to include all people aged 6 months and older. The expanded recommendation is to take effect in the 2010 – 2011 influenza season. The new recommendation seeks to remove barriers to influenza immunization and signals the importance […]

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Children’s Asthma Symptom Treatment Often Delayed by Parents

Parents of young children with asthma often recognize signs that their child is about to have an asthma attack but delay home treatment until the attack occurs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report.

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Stuttering Gene Discovered by Researchers

Researchers have discovered a stuttering gene. The findings suggest common speech problem, in some cases, may actually be an inherited metabolic disorder.

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Music Therapy in Hospice Care

Music therapy, taught in a four-year program with a six-month internship following coursework, combines work in music, psychology and other disciplines. It has many applications in a wide variety of environments and a broad range of clients, from premature babies to people needing physical or psychological therapy. The key is to get a patient moving or involved with the music, perhaps singing along or playing an instrument as the therapist plays on the guitar.

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Women Reluctant to Take Tamoxifen to Prevent Breast Cancer, Says Study

Ninety-four percent of women studied said they were not likely to take Tamoxifen for breast-cancer prevention, even when they were well informed about the drugs benefits and side effects, with many women citing the side effects of the drug as a reason not to take Tamoxifen. Eighty percent of the participants worried about the drug’s […]

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Winter Brings Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Risk to Infants

While there has been much focus on H1N1 flu this winter, there are other respiratory illnesses that pose a threat to children, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can be especially severe in infants. RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. While most healthy people recover from RSV infection, […]

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Autism Treatment Should Include Parent Training Along with Medication, Says Study

Treatment that includes medication plus a structured training program for parents reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism and related conditions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study, which was part of the NIMH Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) Autism Network, was published in the […]

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Mom's Depression a Risk Factor in Child's Asthma

Maternal depression can worsen asthma symptoms in their children, according to research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center published online in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Analyzing data from interviews with 262 mothers of African-American children with asthma — a population disproportionately affected by this inflammatory airway disorder — the Hopkins investigators found that children whose […]

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New Mammography Guidelines Issued

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a recommendation that women with no underlying risk factors for breast cancer wait until they are 50 before getting regular mammograms. Previously, the recommended age for the screening was 40. There has been widespread debate about the recommendation since the release of the report last week, and […]

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Plavix Warning: Avoid Use with Prilosec, Says FDA

Patients should avoid using the stomach acid reducer Prilosec/Prilosec OTC (omeprazole) with the anti-clotting drug Plavix (clopidogrel), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Nov. 17. New data suggest that when patients take both Prilosec and Plavix, Plavix’s ability to block platelet aggregation (anti-clotting effect) may be reduced by about half. “Both of these […]

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