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Infectious Disease + Vaccines

These are blog posts that talk about the science of infectious disease, both lessons learned, new advances, impacts on both personal and public health, and vaccinations.

Parents Have Extraordinary Power to Calm Kids in Pain

By June 2, 2016 No Comments
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Last week we shared a story on our Facebook page that got a lot of parents talking.  The study followed more than 700 infants through preschool and looked at their reactions to pain when receiving vaccinations.  The study found that the parent’s ability to prepare and comfort the child early in infancy determined the child’s […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


Fact Checking the “Nightmare Superbug” + The End of Antibiotics

By June 1, 2016 No Comments
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Last week news hit that a strain of E. Coli resistant to colistin was found in a woman suffering from a bladder infection in Pennsylvania. This was notable as colistin is a last-resort antibiotic and these bacteria have become problematic in some areas of Europe and China, but until the announcement last week, it hadn’t […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


How Much Would it Cost The Taxpayer to Stop Zika: $8.19

By May 23, 2016 No Comments
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As you may have heard last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the number of reported pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States and its territories. That pregnant women in the United States had Zika wasn’t exactly news, but the new number was. As of May 12, 2016, a […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


CDC Answers More of Your Zika Questions

By May 4, 2016 1 Comment
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Mosquito season has arrived for most of the United States and Canada, and this season it brings with it the threat of Zika, and Zika-linked microcephaly.  Last week Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH Chief of the Birth Defects Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answered reader questions about Zika and microcephaly.  […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


CDC Answers Your Zika Questions

By April 27, 2016 2 Comments
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On April 11 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they had confirmed a causal relationship between Zika infections during pregnancy and the birth defect microcephaly. Along with this finding, the CDC also announced that the new research about Zika indicated the virus was “scarier than we initially thought.” With that announcement, and […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning


Child’s Cough Sound Like Barking? It Could Be Croup!

By April 26, 2016 No Comments
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If you’ve ever heard it, you will never forget it: the sound of a child with a croup cough, which has a very distinctive sound. Unfortunately, you’ll typically hear it in the middle of the night, so you are going to need to know what to do to alleviate your child’s symptoms when it happens.  But […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants


What Is Thimerosal and Why Are Some People Worried About it?

By April 14, 2016 3 Comments
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“I don’t wanna put mercury in my baby, Doc; it’s poison.”  After Robert DeNiro’s anti-vaccination massive misstep Tuesday, I’m yet again, dreading hearing these words. This is where, as a pediatrician, I grit my teeth (sorry, dentists).  I know that when I parent tells me this,  that science has lost another battle with fear in […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting


What Parents Need to Know About Elizabethkingia

By April 11, 2016 No Comments
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As a Microbiologist and a Public Health professional, it can be challenging to stay on top new and emerging microbes, and it’s even more challenging as a dad to read about these microorganisms and not seal my 16 month old away in a sterile room. In microbiology we are often aware of a specific microbe […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health