Monthly Archives: November 2013

Dangers of refusing vitamin K shots at birth

The AP reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that “four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach bleeding earlier this year,” and that all four “were treated with vitamin K and survived.” In each case, the parents had refused a routine vitamin K shot, due to “a belief that the shots weren’t necessary or cause leukemia.” Continue reading

Some schools altering policies regarding mandatory absence for head lice

The Washington Post points out in its “Answer Sheet” blog that children with head lice are usually kept out of the classroom until the issue is resolved, but a number of schools across the nation are changing such policies. Many health and school officials believe that “kids actually are contagious well before anyone realizes they have lice, so the damage has already been done.” Continue reading

Study: Label changes for cough and cold medicine led to reduced ED visits for young children

Prior to 2007, thousands of children were seen in ERs around the country after taking over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough and cold medications (CCMs) that they should not have taken. Then, October 2007, manufacturers voluntarily withdrew OTC CCMs from the US market. Until now, we didn’t know for sure how much this helped. Now, the data are in and the news is fantastic.

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Anti-Vaccine Zealots Denounced in New Republic

Julia Ioffe (a Russian-American journalist and blogger, whose writings have been published by The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic and Russia!) has come down with the 100-day cough, also known as whooping cough or pertussis and her career has been immobilized because of the whoops for the last 2 1/2 months. In a recent article in the New Republic, you may be surprised to find out who caused her misery — Jenny McCarthy and other anti-vaccine zealots. Continue reading

Worried about ‘low T’? You may want to worry more about treating it.

Treating low testosterone may be all the rage these days among men of a certain age. But men bothered by a midlife dip in energy and sex drive may want to think twice about bumping up their “low T” with a testosterone supplement, a new study says. The research, published in JAMA, links testosterone therapy to higher heart risks.

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Colorado Researchers Document Consequences of Failure to Vaccinate Children for Pertussis

Below is an article I wrote, along with my friend, Reg Finger, MD, MPH, on the impact that the anti-vaccine zealots are having here in Colorado. The article appeared in a publication of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the CAFP News. It’s written for professionals, but my readers here will enjoy it. Continue reading