FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2019 -- A special dye that's injected at the time of vaccination could become an alternative to paper or electronic vaccination records, researchers report.
"In areas where paper vaccination cards are often lost or do not exist at all, and electronic databases are unheard of, this technology could enable the rapid and anonymous detection of patient vaccination history to ensure that every child is vaccinated," said Kevin McHugh, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University, in Houston.
SUNDAY, Dec. 22, 2019 -- It's hard not to worry when your child suffers from the flu, but pediatricians say too many parents are taking their sick kids to the emergency room when a doctor's visit would suffice.
"We are seeing a jump in the number of patients coming to our emergency department for flu-like symptoms," said Dr. Michele Walsh, medical director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, in Nashville, Tenn.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- Having little ones visit for the holidays? Be sure to stow household cleaners safely out of their reach.
These products are a major source of reports to U.S. poison control centers, and exposures often involve the eyes. Though overall eye exposures have declined in the United States, the number of cases involving young children remains high.
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 -- Many American kids aren't vaccinated against measles before they travel overseas to areas where the disease is endemic, a new study finds.
Nearly 60% of these children hadn't received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination before going abroad. This year, the more than 1,200 cases of measles reported in the United States were largely the result of people returning from trips abroad and bringing the virus back with them.