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2020

More Than 1 in 3 U.S. Pediatricians Dismiss Vaccine-Refusing Families

More Than 1 in 3 U.S. Pediatricians Dismiss Vaccine-Refusing FamiliesTUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician. Just over half (51%) of pediatric offices in the United States have a policy to dismiss families that refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide survey found. Thirty-seven percent of pediatricians themselves said they often dismissed families for refusing vaccines, and 6% said they would dismiss a family for choosing to spread out crucial early vaccines. "Arguments for dismissing families include that vaccination is the standard of care and the benefits far outweigh the risks. The evidence for vaccines is so strong that doctors may feel they just can't work with parents who stray so far from the standards of medical care,"...

Probiotic Might Help Ease Children's Eczema

15 September 2020
Probiotic Might Help Ease Children`s EczemaTUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Applying a type of "good" bacteria to the skin may relieve children of the itch and discomfort of eczema, a new, small study suggests. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes dry, itchy skin and scaly rashes. It usually starts in early childhood, and commonly occurs along with allergies like hay fever and asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. There are numerous treatments for eczema, both topical and oral, but not all can be given to young kids. "So, there's a big need for safe and effective treatments for young children," said study author Dr. Ian Myles. He is a researcher and staff clinician with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. For the study, his team...

Are School Lunches a Ticket to Healthy Eating?

14 September 2020
Are School Lunches a Ticket to Healthy Eating?MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Healthier school meals improve the diets of American children, a new study finds. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act took effect in 2012 and required school meals to include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less sodium. To assess how the act affected students' diets, researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2016, which gathered information on everything children ate over two separate 24-hour periods and the sources of their foods. After the act was implemented, eating school meals improved how students' diets met key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the study published recently in the journal Annals of Epidemiology. School meals provide a...

Fewer Kids May Be Carrying Coronavirus Without Symptoms...

14 September 2020
Fewer Kids May Be Carrying Coronavirus Without Symptoms Than Believed: StudyMONDAY, Sept. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Are infected-but-healthy children major "silent spreaders" of the new coronavirus? New research out of northern Italy, once a COVID-19 hotspot, suggests they might not be. Rigorous COVID-19 testing of children and adults admitted to a hospital in Milan for reasons other than coronavirus found that just over 1% of kids tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, compared to more than 9% of adults. That suggests a very low rate of asymptomatic infection among children, and does "not support the hypothesis that children are at higher risk of carrying SARS-CoV-2 asymptomatically than adults," the researchers reported in the Sept. 14 online edition of JAMA Pediatrics. One U.S. expert in infectious disease found the report encouraging. "Since the start of...

HPV Vaccination Rises Among U.S. Kids, But Many Still Unprotected

14 September 2020
HPV Vaccination Rises Among U.S. Kids, But Many Still UnprotectedMONDAY, Sept. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. kids are getting a recommended vaccine that protects against several cancers -- but there is still much room for improvement, a new study finds. At issue is the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain strains of HPV are sexually transmitted, and some of those are "high risk" -- meaning that if the immune system does not clear the infection, it can eventually lead to cancer. In the United States, almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent HPV infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus can also lead to cancers of the vagina, penis, anus or throat. Since 2006, the CDC and other groups have recommended that all girls receive the HPV vaccine, starting at age 11,...
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