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Child Health and Safety

5 Tips On How to Avoid the Dangers of Microplastic Toxicity

microplastic toxicity

Plastic impacts us in more ways than we can even fathom. A recent study was conducted examining the many ways that microplastic toxicity negatively impacts us and our environment. In this article, we will take a thorough look at the study’s findings and how we can avoid the dangers of microplastic toxicity.

Again, Vaccines Are Safe and Necessary

Vaccines and Safety

Vaccinations against many childhood diseases are much needed yet often not given. Antivaccination people are creating pockets of unvaccinated children who then spread the most contagious of childhood diseases, measles, to people who are unable to receive vaccinations. In addition, the recent influx of illegal immigrants creates a large drain on health care systems.

New Hope for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients and Their Families

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited neuromuscular disorder primarily occurring in boys and caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. New treatments other than the classic glucocorticoids have started phase 2 testing. This brings hope to patients and families currently dealing with Duchennes.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Need for Treatment and Cure

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form of muscular dystrophy. It is a sex-linked disorder residing on the X chromosome. It affects primarily boys and men and is always lethal. There are few treatments to this disorder that affects 1 in every 3500 to 5000 boys born. There are no cures and few treatments for this disorder.

Quality of care: Related to reimbursement?

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Despite numerous national programs intended to ensure patients receive the best quality care, it is limited by how best to define quality. It is also dependent on your insurance. Those with government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid or Medicare are often given the barest minimum of care while those with private insurance are provided every option possible.

Influenza: Are We Ready or Does The Shot Do Any Good?

Influenza

Influenza activity in the US began to increase in early November 2017 and rose sharply from December through February 3, 2018. From October 2017 to January 1, 2018, the weekly percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu ranged from 5.8% to 10.1% and has exceeded the epidemic threshold for five consecutive weeks. During seasons with increased severity of influenza, antiviral medications are an important adjunct to vaccinations. Additional study is needed to see if this year's virus will mutate and develop resistance to the four antiviral medications available. In addition to seeing just how effective the current influenza vaccination will be in controlling influenza transmission (Budd et al, 2018).

Probiotics: Are They as Good as is Claimed

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In childhood, recurrent abdominal pain in children is a common complaint. The reason behind it is what needs further investigation as it affects approximately 10% of children. It is a descriptive umbrella term and accounts for many visits to primary, secondary, and emergency care facilities. It is now referred to as one of four functional abdominal pain disorders; dyspepsia, abdominal migraine, irritable, bowel syndrome and functional abdominal pain. One thing most parents need to keep in mind is when was the last time the child had a bowel movement. This author pointed out that there are many conditions of abdominal pain that require no intervention. Routine use of pharmacotherapy for functional abdominal pain is not well supported or suggested. In fact, in some cases, medications can mask the signs and symptoms needed to monitor for a more serious condition. It is felt some doctors will prescribe probiotics just so the parents will feel something is being done in a condition that needs no treatment at the time and will be sell limiting (Edwards, 2018).

Top Digital Literacy Facts About Graduation, the Digital Literacy Gap, and Workforce Digitalization

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Students across America are well into the school year, and the newness has certainly worn off as they look forward to their Christmas holiday break. However, will these students actually finish the school year with success so that they can graduate on time? Fortunately, the most recent school year statistics available from 2016 show signs of promise including amongst all minority groups. According to these statistics, the national high school graduation rate reached 84.1%. In this article, we are going to explore top digital literacy facts and the impact it makes on students regarding graduation, the digital literacy gap, and workforce digitalization.

Skepticism of Flu and Other Vaccinations

Flu shots and other vaccines

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).

Top 10 Pedestrian Safety Tips to Prevent Accidents and Maximize Safety

Pedestrian Safety Tips

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!

3 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System Naturally

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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.

Children in Oregon Who Have Missed Some Vaccinations Will Be Sent Home From School

Oregon Mandatory Vaccination

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.

Natural approaches that may help male children with undescended testicles

Natural approaches that may help male children with undescended testicles

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.

5 Healing Natural Remedies For Kids That Work

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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.

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