WHO lists 10 ‘urgent’ global health challenges for the new decade

January 14, 2020
WHO published a list of 10 global health challenges for the next decade that it said “reflects a deep concern that leaders are failing to…

In the Journals

Over 49K RSV hospitalizations estimated among young children in a single season

January 10, 2020
Respiratory syncytial virus causes a significant burden in children aged younger than 2 years. Results from a study published in the Journal of the

In the Journals

Nebulized normal saline may serve as active treatment in acute viral bronchiolitis

January 8, 2020
A recent meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that nebulized normal saline may be considered an active treatment as opposed to a…

In the Journals

Top 10 most-read Infectious Diseases in Children stories of 2019

January 2, 2020
To kick off the new year, IDC has assembled a list of the 10 most-read stories of 2019. Please follow the links to access the full stories.  

In the Journals

Study calls attention to cost of air pollution-related conditions in kids

December 27, 2019
A review published in Environmental Research summarized per-case cost estimates for six air pollution-related childhood health conditions —…


Should physicians prescribe antivirals to patients at high risk for flu-related complications more than 2 days after symptom onset?

Infectious Diseases in Children, December 2019
The release of the latest iteration of the Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines on the management of influenza are a welcome addition…

Cover Story

Bad flu seasons test US hospitals

Infectious Diseases in Children, December 2019
Hospitals in the United States implemented new policies based on the severe 2017-2018 influenza season, but experts agree that America’s health…


‘Worthwhile to consider’: Does the world need a pentavalent flu vaccine?

December 10, 2019
Study findings showed that last season’s influenza vaccine “offered no substantial protection” against H3N2 viruses that moved…


An ‘unusual’ start to flu season: Influenza B predominates early

November 27, 2019
The proportion of outpatient visits attributed to influenza-like illness climbed above the national baseline for the first time this season…

Meeting NewsVideo

VIDEO: Ronald M. Laxer, MDCM, FRCPC, addresses rheumatologic disease 'masquerading' as infection

November 24, 2019
NEW YORK — Certain rheumatologic diseases can often appear initially to be infections, according to Ronald M. Laxer, MDCM, FRCPC, professor…

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VIDEO: Joseph A. Bocchini Jr., MD, discusses dangers of travel infections abroad

November 24, 2019
NEW YORK — In this video, Joseph A. Bocchini Jr., MD, professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics at Louisiana State University…


Seasonal severity, vaccine effectiveness not associated with flu vaccination rates

November 21, 2019
Neither seasonal severity nor vaccine effectiveness were associated with influenza vaccination rates over eight recent influenza seasons, although…

Pharmacology Consult

Antihistamines, part II: Long-term adverse effects?

Infectious Diseases in Children, November 2019
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
The last Pharmacology Consult column, “Antihistamines for the common cold: Where’s the evidence?” (September 2019), reviewed…


Q&A: More vaccine-preventable diseases lead to more pro-vaccine bills

November 19, 2019
An increased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases is associated with an increase in proposed bills restricting vaccine exemptions, according to…

Trump reportedly cools on plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes

November 18, 2019
President Trump has decided he will not sign a proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes, The Washington Post and other outlets reported. In September…

Children ‘particularly vulnerable’ to health threats from climate change

November 14, 2019
Rising temperatures, declining crop yields, air pollution and other adverse environmental outcomes of climate change pose a threat to the long-term…


New group A strep strain may pose global scarlet fever threat

November 13, 2019
Researchers recently identified a new strain of group A Streptococcus that became the predominant cause of scarlet fever in England and may be…

In the Journals

Xpert Ultra assay identifies pediatric TB with high sensitivity

October 30, 2019
An updated version of the Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampin assay, known as Ultra, demonstrated high sensitivity in diagnosing pulmonary…

LA county reports measles exposure at Disneyland

October 24, 2019
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that a person with an infectious case of measles visited Disneyland and a coffee shop…

Meeting News

Flu vaccine reduces risk for hospitalization in kids, death in adults

October 4, 2019
WASHINGTON — Influenza vaccination reduced the risk for influenza-related hospitalization in children by nearly half and the odds of death in…