HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study

April 19, 2013

In the five years since launching a nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program among girls between the ages of 12 and 26, Australia has seen a huge drop in the number of cases of genital warts, new research reveals. Among Australian girls in the targeted age range for vaccination, the country saw genital wart cases plummet by 59 percent within just the first two years of the program’s launch in 2007.

Parents Worry About HPV Shots for Teens

March 18, 2013

Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine’s safety, a new U.S. study shows. Experts say the findings are both worrying and puzzling, because the vaccine — which guards against the human papillomavirus (HPV) — has not been linked to any serious side effects.

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children

February 27, 2013

A British study finds that children and teens who were vaccinated during the 2009 swine flu outbreak are at increased risk for narcolepsy, a disorder that causes people to fall asleep during the day. The particular flu vaccine involved has never been licensed for use in the United States, according a statement on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Kids' Diarrhea Vaccine Appears Safe After All: Study

February 7, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) — Despite earlier research that suggested the rotavirus vaccine increased the risk of intussusception — when a portion of the intestine slides forward into itself — a large new study finds this is not the case.
“The findings of our study are reassuring and add to the evidence […]

Common Chemicals May Weaken Effect of Childhood Vaccines, Immune System

January 24, 2012

TUESDAY, January 24, 2012 — Certain vaccines may not work as well in children who have been exposed to high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a family of chemicals used to make everything from microwave popcorn bags and pizza boxes to carpets and nonstick cookware, new research suggests.
In a study published this week in the […]

Many Jails Got No Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak: CDC

January 5, 2012

THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) — More than half of U.S. jails didn’t receive any vaccine to protect inmates during the 2009-10 outbreak of H1N1 swine flu, a new study says.
Jail and prison inmates are at increased risk for exposure to infectious diseases. The steady stream of new arrivals can introduce new types of infectious […]

Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids

December 16, 2011

FRIDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) — Infants born to mothers who use inhaled glucocorticoids — a class of steroids — to treat asthma during pregnancy may be at risk for endocrine and metabolic disorders, a new study indicates.
Researchers looked at more than 65,000 mother-child pairs from the Danish National Birth Cohort who were followed from […]

Recovery From Concussions in Young Athletes May Take Longer Than Thought

November 30, 2011

By Lisa EspositoHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) — New research shows how a concussion can cause damage in a young athlete’s brain that may last longer than thought.
In a preliminary study of 12 children with sports-related concussions, the majority experienced immediate decreased blood flow to their brains. Nearly two-thirds showed persistent, significant differences compared […]

Infant Vaccines May Work Better If Given in Afternoon

November 30, 2011

By Denise MannHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) — As many parents can attest, a rough night may follow when their baby has been to the doctor for their first shots, due to increased fussiness or fever from the immunizations. But a new study suggests that the time of day that the shots are […]

Doctors in a Bind When Parents Want to Delay, Skip Vaccines

November 28, 2011

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) — Mistrust of childhood vaccines is causing some parents to request “alternative” schedules from doctors, either delaying or skipping some shots.
And a new study suggests that most pediatricians are willing to go along with these requests — up to a point.

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