Children taking medicines that contain steroids may be at risk for much more serious, even deadly, cases of chickenpox, a new study finds.
Writing in the November issue of Pediatrics, the researchers warn that the problem lies in the way steroids work, by suppressing the immune system.
Panel Recommends Hepatitis A Vaccine for Children and Whooping Cough Shots for Adults
ATLANTA, Oct. 26 - Every toddler in the country should be immunized against hepatitis A, and every adult should receive booster doses of whooping cough vaccine, a panel advising the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unanimously recommended Wednesday.
Shots for hepatitis A, a liver disease that is rarely fatal but is easily spread, "should be integrated into the routine childhood vaccination schedule" and given between 1 and 2 years, the panel said.
California Seeks to Stop the Use of Child Medical Interpreters
MERCED, Calif., Oct. 29 (AP) - Suffering from a variety of ailments but unable to communicate with her doctor, Ker Moua, a Laotian refugee, recently enlisted her 12-year-old son as her medical interpreter.
The boy, Jue, was the liaison between his mother, who speaks only Hmong, and the doctor who diagnosed a prolapsed uterus, a result of bearing 14 children. Ms. Moua began taking her medication in the doses her son described, but soon felt so dizzy she could not get out of bed for two days. Jue had mistranslated the doctor's orders, leading his mother to take the wrong dosage.
The error did not cause lasting harm, but it is the kind California medical officials want to prevent.
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About Actue Viral Gastroenteritis
Acute viral gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, is an illness of fever, diarrhea and/or vomiting caused by an infectious virus. It usually is of acute onset, normally lasting less than 10 days and self-limiting. It is often referred to as the "stomach flu" even though it is not related to influenza.