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FDA approves meropenem for infants with abdominal infections

May 29, 2015

The FDA today approved the antibiotic meropenem for the treatment of abdominal infections in neonates and infants aged younger than 3 months, according to a press release from the NIH.

Previously approved to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated skin infections in adults and older children, meropenem has been prescribed “off-label” for preterm infants with serious abdominal infections due to a lack of an effective alternative.

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Rapid stool test decreases recurring pediatric diarrhea in Botswana

May 26, 2015
Treatment targeting specific enteropathogens, detected by novel rapid-stool testing, decreased the incidence of diarrhea in children in Botswana with gastroenteritis…
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Rotavirus vaccination significantly impacts seizure-related hospitalizations

May 22, 2015
Rotavirus vaccination significantly decreased seizure-related hospitalizations during childhood, which appeared to be highest among the youngest group of infants during…
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Swine exposure at agricultural fair source of H3N2 outbreak

May 20, 2015
Several cases among a multistate outbreak of variant influenza A(H3N2) may have resulted from swine exposure during an agricultural fair, according to recently…
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Pediatric Perspectives on the Management of Diarrhea in Infants and Children - Monograph

Pediatric Perspectives on the Management of Diarrhea in Infants and Children - Monograph

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An estimated 1.2 million cases of giardiasis and 750,000 cases of cryptosporidiosis occur in the United States…
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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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Conjuctivitis

Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

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Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the…
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Inclusion of vaccine education improved efficacy of text message reminders

December 30, 2014
Embedding vaccine education information within text message vaccine reminders significantly improved timely receipt of a second dose of influenza…
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Cognitive impairment associated with HCV in children

December 29, 2014
Cognitive impairment was prevalent among a cohort of Egyptian children with early stage hepatitis C virus infection and high levels of endogenous…
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California pertussis epidemic cases reach near 70-year high

December 29, 2014
There have been 9,935 reported cases of pertussis within the current epidemic in California, representing the state’s greatest number of…
Sean O'Leary, MD, MPH

Personalized approach may be key to addressing vaccine-hesitancy

December 26, 2014
NEW YORK — An individualized approach may be best when addressing concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents, according to a presenter at the 2014…
Joseph A. Bocchini Jr., MD, FAAP

NFID: Recommend HPV vaccine strongly with other routine vaccines

December 23, 2014
To increase HPV vaccine uptake, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases recommends physicians make stronger recommendations to parents and…

Mothers with probable, confirmed Ebola should not breast-feed

December 22, 2014
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses recently published recommendations for the management of pregnant women with…
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Global life expectancy increasing; HCV-related liver cancer deaths up 125%

December 17, 2014
Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 suggest that global life expectancy has increased by 5.8 years among men and 6.6 years among…
Carrie Byington

RSV-associated mortality uncommon from 2000 to 2011

December 17, 2014
From 2000 to 2011, RSV-associated deaths were uncommon among children aged younger than 2 years, according to study findings in…
Sylvia Burwell FDA News

FDA allows marketing of neonatal SCID screening test

December 16, 2014
The FDA announced it has allowed marketing of the EnLite Neonatal TREC Kit, a screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency in neonates.The…
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Despite increase, full influenza vaccination coverage remained below 50%

December 15, 2014
From 2000 to 2001 through 2010 to 2011, influenza vaccination increased among children living in Tennessee, but the proportion of fully vaccinated…
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