Egg allergy no longer a contraindication to influenza vaccination

Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Parenting
MedPage Today reported, "Having an egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to influenza vaccination, according to new guidance for the upcoming flu season from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices." Under the new ACIP recommendation, "individuals with a history of allergic reactions to eating egg can receive the vaccine, with certain conditions." (more…)
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CDC: Flu vaccine is out and it’s for almost everyone

Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Parenting
It's time for your influenza vaccine. This week I'll be sharing a number of blogs on the flu vaccine, especially for healthcare professionals, children, and pregnant women. Today we'll start with an overview of this year's recommendations. Although the influenza strains included in the upcoming season's flu vaccine are unchanged from last season, the CDC is still recommending that EVERYONE older than 6 months get vaccinated this year. (more…)
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For frequent UTIs, antibiotics work better than cranberries

Alternative Medicine, Woman's Health
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "women who have recurrent urinary tract infections will find more relief from antibiotics" than from eating cranberries, although women who took antibiotics experienced significantly more antibiotic resistance than those who took cranberry capsules. (more…)
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ConsumerLab.com announces test results of supplements for menopause

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover), the herbal remedy black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone. A new report from ConsumerLab.com provides quality ratings for over 20 such products and identifies those providing amounts of compounds shown to be effective in clinical studies.  (more…)
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Shock: Thousands of UK abortions of disabled and Down syndrome babies

Bioethics, Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
In a past I blogged in the past on the contention that “More than 90% of women carrying a child with Down Syndrome choose abortion.” Readers seemed shocked by this information. But, now new statistics have been produced in England after a pro-life organization won its bid to make some abortion numbers public that the government had failed to disclose concerning abortions on disabled babies. (more…)
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