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Polio vaccination programs face challenges in high-conflict areas

August 3, 2015

The path to polio eradication, especially in high-conflict areas such as Pakistan and Nigeria, is blocked by operational challenges, limited disease awareness and negative caregiver attitudes toward vaccination, according to research conducted at Harvard University.

“These findings suggest that polio eradication efforts might need to develop communications and outreach efforts that address caregiver attitudes and knowledge,” Gillian K. SteelFisher, PhD, research scientist and deputy director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program, and colleagues wrote in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. “Moreover, programs could address local priorities more directly to enhance community-level trust.”

Kathryn Edwards In the Journals

Certain background infections may play etiologic role in CAP

August 1, 2015
Although the full clinical significance of a detected virus in a patient with community-acquired pneumonia remains unclear, recent findings suggest it likely plays a…
In the Journals

New mothers receive inadequate physician advice on infant care

July 31, 2015
Many new mothers reported receiving no advice from health care professionals regarding aspects of infant care — including supine sleep, breast-feeding and…
In the Journals

Safe sleep behaviors for infants may vary by mother’s race, care setting

July 31, 2015
Individuals who used community social service agencies and those who are black were more likely to partake in unsafe sleep behaviors with new babies, such as bed-sharing…
Margaret Chan In the Journals

Ebola vaccine candidate highly effective in phase 3 trial

July 31, 2015
Results from an interim analysis of a phase 3 trial of an investigational Ebola vaccine demonstrated 100% efficacy in more than 4,000 adults in Guinea.“This is an…
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Anemia in the Neonate: The Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

Pediatric Annals, July 2015, Volume 44 Issue 7
Anemia is a common problem in the neonatal period. Presenting symptoms may suggest numerous possible diagnoses ranging…
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Pedatric Annals May 2015

Infectious Diseases: May 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

With improved diagnostic tools and increasingly rapid turnaround on results, we have never lived at a better time to…
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New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

May 12, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado…
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