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Infants younger than 3 months with pertussis show greater mortality risk

March 6, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Infants aged younger than 3 months exhibited the highest morbidity and mortality from Bordetella pertussis infections, according to data presented at the St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference.

Pertussis represents the fifth-leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in children aged younger than 5 years, predominantly occurring in low- to middle-income countries. To assess the burden of B. pertussis among infants aged younger than 1 year and evaluate outcomes of infants who were positive with pertussis, researcher Herberth G. Maldonado, MD, of the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, and colleagues examined nasopharyngeal swabs from infants with pertussis-like symptoms (n = 68) from November 2013 to October 2014.

EMA approves immunization schedule for pediatric 6-in-1 vaccine

March 5, 2015
The European Medicines Agency has approved a “2+1” immunization schedule for Hexyon, a pediatric vaccine that protects against multiple viruses, including…
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Most pneumonia hospitalizations occur in children aged younger than 5 years

March 4, 2015
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Potential biomarker identified for neonatal sepsis in preterm infants

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Leena Mithal, MD, pediatric infectious diseases fellow at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, discusses new research…
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Pediatric Perspectives on the Management of Diarrhea in Infants and Children - Monograph

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Video: Paul A. Offit, MD, discusses religious exemptions from important vaccinations

February 11, 2015
Paul A. Offit, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia…
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PCV7, PCV13 significantly decreased risk for sinusitis, pneumonia hospitalization

November 13, 2014
The 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines significantly decreased risk for hospitalization due to sinusitis or pneumonia among Swedish…
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High-level, high-volume centers linked to lower mortality in VLBW infants

November 12, 2014
Very low-birth-weight infants not born in high-level, high-volume centers had poorer outcomes than their peers born in such centers, according to…
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In utero exposure to ART posed little to no risk for congenital anomalies

November 11, 2014
Recent data indicate antiretroviral exposure in utero posed a small increased risk for infants, suggesting the benefits of recommended ART during…
Marie R. Griffin, MD In the Journals

PCV7, PCV13 linked with fewer pneumonia hospitalizations

November 6, 2014
Recent data indicate the 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines have significantly contributed to a decreased prevalence of pneumonia among…
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Congenital HHV-6 may negatively affect neurodevelopment

November 4, 2014
Recent data show children with congenital human herpesvirus-6 had lower neurodevelopmental test scores compared with healthy children at age 1 year…
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ACIP approves revisions to 2015 childhood immunization schedules

October 30, 2014
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously, 13-0 with two members absent from the meeting, to approve various…
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Congenital CMV common cause of hearing loss in childhood

October 30, 2014
Congenital cytomegalovirus infection is the most common cause of nonhereditary sensorineural hearing loss during childhood, according to researchers…
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FDA approves first Neisseria meningitidis vaccine

October 29, 2014
The FDA announced accelerated approval of Trumenba, a vaccine manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, for prevention of Neisseria meningitidis
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Placebo, agave nectar improved acute cough outcomes among children

October 29, 2014
Recent data show children with acute nocturnal cough benefited more when prescribed agave nectar or placebo vs. no treatment at all, though a placebo…
Shawn Ralston In the Journals

AAP updates guidelines for diagnosis, management of bronchiolitis

October 29, 2014
The AAP recently revised the clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis among children aged younger than 2 years…
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