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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.

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Physicians employ flexible diagnostic criteria for PFAPA in children

March 5, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Surveyed rheumatologists and pediatric infectious disease physicians found wide diversity in how they diagnosed patients with periodic fever…
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Suffocation suicide rates increase

March 5, 2015
Suicide rates by suffocation increased by 6.7% on average annually for females and 2.2% annually for males during 1994 through 2012, according to data published in the…
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Genetic factors may influence autism risk

March 5, 2015
Autism may be caused by genetic and moderate nonshared environmental influences, according to data published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study included data from the Twins…

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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Swept-source Optical Coherence Tomography of Retinal Cavernous Hemangioma: A New Imaging Modality

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Volume -2147483648
Online Only, March 3, 2015
The authors report a new, non-invasive diagnostic method in the diagnosis of retinal cavernous hemangioma (RCH). A…
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Pediatric Annals January 2015

Unusual Diagnoses: Part 1: January 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Index of suspicion—a term used daily by clinicians in general practice who must, in a sea of “normal”…
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Armed conflict, poverty in low-income countries contribute to spread of neglected tropical diseases

Armed conflict, poverty in low-income countries contribute to spread of neglected tropical diseases

February 25, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, founding dean of the National School for Tropical Medicine at Baylor…
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