Tag Archives: immune

The Chickenpox/ Shingles Story (Pedcast)

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I was having a discussion the other day with the mom of one of my patients. She was asking me why we vaccinate children against chickenpox; a disease that her mother told her was a benign mild childhood illness that doesn’t hurt kids.  Keep in mind that almost none of the parents of my current patients have ever seen or had any experience with the disease of chickenpox.  The disease is virtually gone in the United States so everything parents know today is based on what they have heard.  This particular mom had so many questions and a few misconceptions about chickenpox. Because of this I thought many of my blog listeners probably have many of the same questions, so today were going to talk about the disease known as chickenpox: the myths and facts and the rationale behind vaccinating today’s children. Why do we bother vaccinating for a harmless childhood illness? Continue reading

Food Allergy in Children (Pedcast)

Allergy to food is much more common than in years past.  In this Pedcast, Dr Smolen reviews some of the new information and recommendations about the introduction of allergenic foods to children.  After listening to this Pedcast, you should have a better understanding and recognition of food allergy.  Dr Smolen also makes practical suggestions should you have a child that suffers from food allergy.  Kick back, listen, and learn.

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1. Food Allergy: What You Need to Know: The High and Increasing Prevalence of Food Allergy

2. Food Allergy: The Definitive Guide to Clinical Practice: What Do the Guidelines Mean to Practitioners and Patients?

3. Food Allergy: What You Need to Know: Final Perspective and Clinical Recommendations
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Grandma, Cod Liver Oil, and the 2011 News Regarding Vitamin D (Pedcast)

Recently, a lot of attention has been paid by the medical community to the role of Vitamin D to maintaining good health.  Dr. Smolen discusses this important topic and gives some recommendations to make sure your infants, children, and teens are both bone healthy and well supplied with Vitamin D.

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Wagner, Carol L., and Frank R. Greer “Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.” American Academy of Pediatrics 122.5 (2008): 1142-1152. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. <http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;122/5/1142>.

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Misra, Madhusmita et al “Vitamin D Deficiency in Children and Its Management: Review of Current Knowledge and Recommendations.” American Academy of Pediatrics 122.2 (2008): 398-417. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. <http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/122/2/398>.

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