Coronavirus Updates #50 and 51 – Listen to the latest data driven perspectives on the pandemic and soon to be endemic COVID world. Omicron, vaccines, boosters, prevention and what is happening now are covered. For the written versions please visit: https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter
This week on the show, I sit down to put the first three maternal/child health podcasts into perspective. We take a more nuanced view of how these three experts are tied together. We examine the basic underpinnings of maternal health risks through the eyes of these thought leaders in preparation for the next three experts who will take us on a tour of human health from a microbiome and environmental perspective. This show is also a way for the folks that are on the go to get a summary of the podcasts for their benefit.
Disease prevention and control has become an important part of life in the age of globalization and frequent international travel. Since children frequently have opportunities for international travel, parents need to stay vigilant and informed about new, emerging infectious diseases. Right now, the Korean peninsula is struggling with an emerging respiratory disease that researchers think jumped from camels in the middle east to humans. Continue reading
Tackling the obesity problem has been on the forefront of the minds of politicians, doctors, and parents. Childhood obesity, defined as a BMI greater than 99% of the population, affects 20% of the children between the ages of 6 to 19 years old. This rate has doubled during the last two decades. A US Task Force on Childhood Obesity has set an ambitious goal to reduce that number to 5% by 2030. With the help of everyone who cares for children, I believe this is both achievable and cost effective.
Ask any mother or grandmother who was alive 1900, and they would tell you about a disorder that is rarely seen today, that of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) in a newborn baby. A simple single dose of vitamin K, given to almost all babies born in the U.S., made this disease just a bad memory… until recently. Parents today just don’t worry about this disease anymore but imagine you were a mother who had a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivery, had a healthy infant who was thriving at home, and suddenly at about 2 months of age, they had a devastating bleeding event in their brain with seizure and other devastating effects or began bleeding to death from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Unfortunately, in today’s hyper informed world, many parents have become more worried about theoretical risks of harm to their newborn from a simple dose of vitamin K that is recommended for newborns at birth, than the known risk of hemorrhagic disease in a newborn who don’t receive this therapy.