Families and societies have faced cycles of deadly diseases, including pandemics, for centuries with profound effects on the perceptions and realities of unseen threats. Since the 16th century, influenza pandemics have occurred at intervals ranging from 10 to 50 years. In the 20th and 21st centuries, three outbreaks of pandemic flu happened. In 1918 it was Spanish Flu with 20% to 40% of worldwide population ill and estimated 50 million people died. In 1957 an influenza virus originated in East Asia that killed between one and two million. Then in 1968, a similar flu virus originated in Hong Kong that resulted in between one and four million deaths. More recently, in the spring of 2009, spreading fast in Mexico and US, the world was rocked with another health crisis; H1N1 (Swine Flu). This study proved that there is limited benefit from flu vaccination given each year but it is better than no help at all (Aylesworth-Spink, 2017).
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Child Health and Safety
Pedestrian accident fatalities are unfortunately on the rise. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes in 2016. Here are the top 10 pedestrian safety tips that you can implement as a pedestrian to minimize the risk of an accident. Fortunately, pedestrian accident attorneys are available to help you fight your battles should the need arise!
Every three minutes a child is rushed into a U.S. emergency room for treatment due to a toy-related injury according to research. The toy safety checklist and other resources in this article will enable parents to minimize the risk of accidents for their children based on the latest research available.
A new breakthrough in the search of treatment of childhood disease Batten Disease.
The latest research is showing a very disturbing trend. In 2017, surveys show there has been no improvement in childhood obesity statistics. In fact, the number of obese children in the U.S. is shamefully on the rise.
If you are a parent, its likely that you feel more helpless than ever against your child's increasing chances of getting frequent colds and flu. In fact, it has almost become accepted by both practitioners and parents alike that children will catch every childhood disease under the sun, but that doesn’t have to happen.
Adult hearing loss may be a result of childhood deficiencies according to a recent study on hearing impairment in people from lower socioeconomic countries.
Many schools in the United States require for their students to be properly vaccinated. In Oregon, schools are making the requirements stricter. Those students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations will no longer be allowed to go to school starting on February 21st. Some of these required vaccines include: whooping cough, polio, chicken pox, and measles. Local health authorities notify parents of students if their children are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Are you concerned that your child might be autistic and want to know right away? Here is the latest in autism research that could be helpful in answering your questions including a possible blood test for Autism.
A campaign has been launched to raise awareness about the use of the internet. The Institute of Medical Education and Prevention (I.E.P.M) announced that, especially for children, it is important to use devices less often.
According to a news story from University of California Riverside, a simple guessing game of "Pick a hand, any hand" may offer some important clues as to how and why children with autism are less social than their schoolyard peers.
Do you ever worry that your child is being exposed to too much ionizing radiation at the hospital during his or her x-ray? Here’s a recent Consumer Update from the FDA about what you need to know about protecting your child from too much x-ray exposure.
It's not just BB guns and your child shooting his (or a sibling’s) eye out this Christmas that you need to worry about. According to the FDA, laser toys can be just as dangerous to your child’s vision.
Connecting in a warm, loving way to your children when they act out takes tremendous patience. But research shows that parents who have high levels of warmth and connection along with high expectations are the most likely to end up with happy, well-adjusted children.
Undescended testicles in male children is a disease called Cryptorchidism. According to ‘My Virtual Medical Centre,’ it affects one in twenty term males, and one in three pre-term males. The procedure undertaken to treat this condition, if it has not resolved by 6 months, is to administer the patient with hormones or perform a surgical repair. But, there are certain natural approaches that may help male children with undescended testicles. These include using foods and other natural remedies that will help regulate hormones.
To many parents, natural remedies are a safe first defense against the scrapes, bruises, viruses and bacterial infections of childhood, instead of over-the-counter products and pharmaceuticals with their sometimes, risky side effects. These natural remedies for wounds that won't heal as well as effective natural preventatives for viral and bacterial infections are useful in helping to treat your children at home.
Looking for the best food for toddlers brain development and beyond? Put the cereal box away, and discover the six natural foods that will properly fuel your children’s developing brain, muscles and nervous system.
There’s a new baby gadget hitting the market soon. This one claims that it can help colicky, cranky, crying babies fall asleep—and go back to sleep on their own—so that new moms and dads can get more rest. But the reaction from the public is mixed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidelines on car seat safety and usage. These new guidelines attempt to provide concise, clear-cut information about the best practices for car seat usage.
Roblox is a multiplayer online social gaming platform published in 2006, as of 2016 Roblox has more than 30 million active monthly players and though it was designed to be family friendly, players can add other people in the game to their friends list, and this is where the problem lies. Because, according to recent reports, Roblox is being used to sexualise children.
Watching your child eat is sometimes an exercise in frustration and patience, since children don't usually eat everything that's on their plate. Preferring to eat only one food from their plate at meal time needn't worry you. Surprisingly, eating this way is natural for you child and has some welcome health benefits.
Oatmeal benefits have been marketed as a cholesterol-free health food for decades. They have also been marketed as a quick and popular breakfast food. Oatmeal warms you in the morning and keeps your child feeling full for hours, but did you know eating oatmeal incorrectly can have some unintentional side effects for you child’s digestion?
The parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have issued a statement today, saying that they will end all legal proceedings in the battle for their son’s life. “We’re about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do,” Charlie Gard’s parents said before spending their last moments with their son.
"If you hold that baby all the time, you’re going to spoil her!" New moms and dads have all had that annoying friend, relative, or neighbor who insists that they are holding the baby too much, and issues the dire warning that they are on the fast track to spoiling the baby. These comments are definitely upsetting, especially in the first days and weeks of parenting, when stress, sleep deprivation, and hormones make a new mom second guess everything she is doing.
US Lawmakers Vote to Grant Charlie Gard and Family Permanent Residency “to Fly to America for Treatment”
Charlie Gard has had a busy week. In the latest development in his ongoing legal battle, US lawmakers have voted to grant Lawful Permanent Resident status to Charlie and his family to allow him “to fly to America for treatment”.
Could the non-caloric sweetener you use to replace the sugar in your coffee each morning actually be making you fatter? According to a new study from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, the answer may be yes.
New developments in the Charlie Gard case. A US doctor has agreed to travel to London to examine the baby, deemed too sick to live by his doctors in the UK.
Everyone knows babies don’t come with instructions and sometimes this can make it difficult to figure out exactly what their needs are. Many a new mother, as well as an experienced mother, has had problems deciphering exactly what a baby needs and often figures this out by trial and error. That being said, babies have relatively basic needs that some new parents tend to complicate or attach their own experiences to. While this is only natural, pacing and pouncing a baby to sooth them, for example, might not be the best remedy to calm an ailing child. While you may feel better doing "something" to calm your child during an uncomfortable episode, little is being done to address the root cause. Instead this is a time to deal with the underlying problem, so that you can fix it.