As Enterovirus D68 continues to spread across the US, the prognosis for children who are hospitalized with infections tends to be good. That applies to children with asthma, as well.
“It’s hard to say whether this virus is hitting kids with asthma harder than other viruses—but it is not causing as severe symptoms as other viruses out there, like adenovirus,“ said Christopher Carroll, MD, a pediatric intensivist and asthma specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT.
“Even certain strains of rhinovirus are worse,” Carroll said.
Physicians are often tasked with explaining vaccination safety to concerned parents. Parental fears that routine vaccines can trigger neurological diseases have led to decreasing vaccination rates in some countries and subsequent outbreaks of preventable illnesses.
A team of Dutch researchers has debunked the idea that vaccination can cause severe epilepsy
US heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest.
Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Alcohol use, binge drinking, and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between 2002 and 2013, according to the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
For patients with advanced esophageal cancer, dysphagia is improved with radiotherapy alone, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.
More than one-quarter of hospital medicine services were rated by ordering physicians as at least a partially defensive order, according to a research letter published online Sept. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Eight percent of children account for nearly one-quarter of emergency department visits and 31% of costs, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in Pediatrics.