• ACIP approves new hepatitis A vaccine draft recommendations

    on June 22nd, 2017
    FROM ACIP MEETING The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved new recommendations for hepatitis A vaccinations, including a focus on catch up vaccines for adolescents and those over age 40 years. While hepatitis A cases have dropped[...]
  • Mydayis approved for teens, adults with ADHD

    on June 22nd, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a once-a-day treatment for patients aged 13 years and older with ADHD, Shire announced June 20 in a press release. The approval of Mydayis was based on results from 16 clinical studies evaluating the medication in more than 1,600 adolescents (aged 13-17 [...]
  • Cotempla XR-ODT approved for children, adolescents with ADHD

    on June 21st, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first methylphenidate extended-release orally disintegrating tablet for treating ADHD in patients aged 6-17 years old, Neos Therapeutics announced June 19. The company said the approval came after a phase III trial showed that treatment in a laborato[...]
  • Dengue vaccine appears safe, immunogenic in children aged 2-17 years

    on June 21st, 2017
    FROM LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES An investigational dengue vaccine against all four serotypes appears to be safe and immunogenic in children aged 2-17 years, whether or not they previously have been exposed to the virus, said Xavier Sáez-Llorens, MD, of Hospital del Niño Dr José Renán Esquivel, P[...]
  • Tipoffs that an infant hospitalized with pertussis may require ICU

    on June 21st, 2017
    AT ESPID 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Infants hospitalized for pertussis are more likely to develop severe disease requiring pediatric ICU admission if they are experiencing apnea, are unvaccinated against pertussis, or are less than 2 months old, Maria Arranz, MD, reported at the annual[...]
  • USPSTF recommends screening children, adolescents for obesity

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM JAMA Children and adolescents aged 6 years and older should be screened for obesity and referred to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions with at least 26 hours of intervention contact, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement that was published on[...]
  • Consider college immunization requirements when counseling about vaccines

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM VACCINE Clinicians who are counseling vaccine-hesitant parents about vaccination may want to consider adding immunization requirements of universities to their armamentarium, recommended Allison Noesekabel, a medical student at Wayne State University, Detroit, and Ada M. Fenick, MD , a pediatri[...]
  • HCV/HIV-coinfected teens rapidly progress to advanced liver disease

    on June 20th, 2017
    AT ESPID 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Roughly one in four children with vertically transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV)/HIV coinfection will progress to advanced hepatic fibrosis by age 20 years despite treatment with pegylated interferon plus ribavirin, Carolina Fernández McPhee, MD, re[...]
  • MMR vaccine cut hospitalizations for unrelated respiratory infections

    on June 20th, 2017
    FROM HUMAN VACCINES & IMMUNOTHERAPEUTICS The MMR vaccine appears to reduce pediatric hospitalizations not only for measles and mumps, but also for unrelated respiratory infections, said Giuseppe La Torre of the Sapienza University of Rome and his associates. The 2-year retrospective database stu[...]
  • Teens’ overall tobacco use falls, but e-cigs now most popular product

    on June 19th, 2017
    FROM MMWR Twenty percent of surveyed high school students and 7% of middle school students were using some kind of tobacco product in 2016 – and e-cigarettes were the most commonly used product among those groups, according to an analysis from federal researchers. Current use of any tobacco produc[...]
  • Measles immunization is a major challenge in HIV-infected children

    on June 16th, 2017
    AT ESPID 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Impaired response to measles immunization is common in HIV-infected children, and revaccination – while an important strategy – helps only some of them, Ruth del Valle, MD, said at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infecti[...]
  • Vaccine delivery costs challenge physicians

    on June 15th, 2017
    FROM ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS Payments from all types of payers did not cover pediatric vaccine delivery costs, many survey respondents from private, single-specialty practices said in 2011, reported Mandy A. Allison, MD, of the University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora, and her associates. Using the Amer[...]
  • All isn’t well with HIV-exposed uninfected infants

    on June 15th, 2017
    AT ESPID 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Children who were HIV-exposed antenatally but not infected are at double the risk of hospitalization for infectious diseases during their first year of life, compared with HIV-unexposed controls, according to what’s believed to be the first prospec[...]
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