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TB arrived at the New World before Europeans

August 23, 2014

New archeological evidence suggest that tuberculosis spread to the Americas from sea mammals before European explorers and settlers made contact with the New World, according to results of a study published in Nature.

Although modern strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the Americas closely match those from Europe — indicating that human TB was introduced after Columbus — the new findings show that seals and sea lions, or pinnipeds, acquired the disease from humans in Africa and then carried it to the Americas more than 1,000 years ago.

In the Journals

Children's BMI increase not associated with atopic, respiratory disease

August 22, 2014
A significant association between increased BMI from childhood to adolescence and higher incidence of atopic or respiratory diseases could not be established in recent…
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Minor infections may increase children's risk for stroke

August 22, 2014
Children with minor infections had an increased risk for stroke within a 3-day time period, according to study findings published in Neurology.Nancy K. Hills
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FDA, manufacturer recall gel-filled products used for infants in hospitals

August 22, 2014
The FDA and Children’s Medical Ventures of Monroeville, Pa., issued a class-1 recall of gel-filled products used in hospitals.The FDA and the manufacturer notified…
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Ocular and Histologic Findings in a Series of Children With Infantile Pompe Disease Treated With Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Online Advanced Release, August 20, 2014
To report the ophthalmologic and histologic findings in a series of children with infantile Pompe disease treated with…
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Pediatric Perspectives on the Management of Diarrhea in Infants and Children

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

7/25/2014
It is estimated that there are 1.2 million cases of giardiasis and 750,000 cases of cryptosporidiosis in the United…
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Labels not always accurate for alternative supplements

November 19, 2013
NEW YORK — Paul A. Offit, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases at The Children’s Hospital of…
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