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A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

Doctors who offer easy exemptions could undermine efforts to rein in the antivaccine crowd. In a growing number of states, parents can no longer refuse to immunize their children due to conflicting “personal beliefs”—at least not if they want their children to attend school. California recently joined West Virginia and Mississippi in requiring a medical […]

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Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

We have entered the trenches of the vaccine wars. Last fall, the startlingly low immunization rates in our not-so-tinseled town were made public. Many people learned that schools in the most affluent Los Angeles communities had extremely low immunization rates, matching those of South Sudan, and it more than raised some eyebrows. The pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx battles […]

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10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

These are the shows they can’t stop listening to. If you love podcasts, you know there’s no better way to get through a long run or your daily commute. And the best podcasts leave you craving more. But there are so many shows so many to choose from, it can be tough to find exactly […]

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Teething Terrors

Teething Terrors

We love, love, love our baby… but do NOT love the terrible pain our normally chipper little sweetie is apparently suffering through as her first teeth are coming in! We are only dealing with her very first tooth and are both out of our minds trying to soothe her sore gums. And this is just […]

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Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Tonsillectomy continues to be a common surgery in children. Two large studies show that the surgery will help kids with sleep disorders due to big tonsils, and will also help kids with recurrent infections, but perhaps not as much.  Sleep disordered breathing, which may include loud snoring, gasping at night, sleep apnea, and tless sleep, may […]

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Drowning risks: Even kiddie pools pose danger

Drowning risks: Even kiddie pools pose danger

Just a few inches of water in a kiddie pool are enough to drown a child. “When we think of pool risks, we think of the big pools, complete with deep ends, diving boards and swim parties,” said Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children’s Hospital of the University of California, Los […]

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Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the […]

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Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Just nine months after Maci Bookout welcomed daughter Jayde, the Teen Mom OG star announced that she and fiancé Taylor McKinney are expecting their second child together. “#Makingmoremoneys baby boy coming soon!” the 24-year-old captioned her February 14 post. “Happy valentine’s day!@tmon3yyy #lastbutnotleast” The tot will arrive at the end of May — the same […]

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Childhood aspiration on food is a public health issue

Childhood aspiration on food is a public health issue

Recently, new dietary guidelines were released, recommending reducing sugar intake overall, and reducing meat intake in growing boys. Last year, as we remain in the throes of a nationwide obesity epidemic, the FDA changed the nutritional labels we’ve become all-too-familiar with. The emphasis is now on calorie count of an “appropriate” serving size. So much […]

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Doctors and nurses need better support when they make errors

Doctors and nurses need better support when they make errors

In September 2010, a seasoned pediatric intensive care unit nurse administered an accidental overdose to a critically ill baby, giving ten times the amount of calcium that was prescribed. Five days later, this baby, with an already tenuous heart condition, died. The nurse recognized her mistake immediately, informed her superior, and also told the family […]

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