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Interesting Conversations w/ Parents (Pedcast) May 2017

Introduction

Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today. I was looking at the stats for my blog the other day and noticed something interesting; 3 of the top 7 downloaded pedcasts for 2016 were my interesting conversations series. In other words, parents like to hear what other parents are talking about. And why not… I have interesting and well-informed parents bringing their children to me.  In that vein, here we go with my next edition of the “Interesting Conversation w/ Parents” series. Continue reading

Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunization (Book Review Pedcast)

Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunization

Written and Published by the US Department of Health and Human Services/ Center for Disease Control

August 2015

Introduction

Interest in vaccine safety has been, and continues to be, a hot topic with parents and the media. Unfortunately, from where I sit, the AAP and others professional organizations have been missing in action when it comes to mounting an effective media campaign to educate parents and counter much of the misinformation parents are exposed to. I have been to professional meetings where my pediatrician colleagues have stood up and railed at our professional organization for not being very visible in this important debate. Given that as background, it was of great interest when I came across a new handbook, written and published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, laying out the facts including vaccine safety.  Maybe as the number of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and mumps continue to climb, organizations like these will put more effort toward countering the messaging from people and organizations that are opposed to vaccines.  I actually think this beginning to happen since many state legislatures, public health groups, and even the AAP have been becoming more public about their support for vaccines. My guess is that it will take at least five positive vaccine messages to counter the unrealistic fear that one negative message about vaccines can create. Multiple positive messages from multiple reliable sources, on an ongoing basis, are what are needed. That’s why is this handbook is significant in my opinion so let’s get into the details of my review. Continue reading

Today’s Nearsighted Generation of Children (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

As if there aren’t enough reasons to turn off the screens and get your kids outside, here is another big one. We now have proof, from a big study done in China, a study that spanned over a few years, that being outside and being away from close-up work like reading and looking at screens significantly reduces a child’s chances of developing nearsightedness, a condition also called myopia.I guess the Chinese are particularly interested in myopia since they have such high incidence of myopia. Among urban older Chinese, the rate of nearsightedness is currently 90%.  I guess that is why they invented glasses– a very strong need. So it is fitting that the Chinese were the ones who proved that spending at least 40 minutes outside on a daily basis, greatly reduces a child’s chance of becoming myopic. Continue reading

2015 Lessons Learned about Measles (Pedcast)

 

Topic Introduction

Today I thought it would be useful and informative to review what we have learned in 2015 about a very old but still important disease, measles. I think that the resurgence of measles in 2015, reminds us about why it is important for us, as a society, to stay the course with respect to requiring and giving vaccines.  I hope after listening to today’s pedcast, you will agree.  As I like to say, “We don’t have to touch the hot stove, to find out that it still hurts” so to speak!  So sit back and crank up your mp3 player for an important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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