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2008-09-19 13:00:00

Public confidence in the safety of vaccines is at a low, and a new coalition of 22 major medical groups says that needs to be restored to avoid risks for deadly disease outbreaks in the United States. The Chicago-based American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and 20 more of the nation's most influential health-related groups released the strong message Thursday. The recent concern stems from a rash of measles outbreaks in several U.S. cities.In August, health officials...

2008-09-19 09:00:08

By Associated Press CHICAGO -- A new coalition of 22 major medical groups says public confidence in vaccine safety needs to be restored to avoid risks for deadly disease outbreaks. Thursday's message comes from the Chicago-based American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and 20 more of the nation's most influential health-related groups. Their concern stems from recent measles outbreaks in several U.S. cities. Last month, health officials said 131 children had...

2008-09-18 15:00:37

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Immunization Alliance, which comprises the groups listed below, sets forth the following Call to Action for public health organizations, government, health care professionals, the media and the public. What the Alliance commits to: -- We commit to continued partnerships with policy makers to ensure that: -- children receive recommended immunizations on time (according to the schedule of the Centers for Disease Control...

2008-09-18 15:00:37

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerns about keeping immunization rates at adequate levels have prompted the nation's leading medical and advocacy groups to join together to raise the public's confidence in vaccines. The Immunization Alliance calls on policymakers, public health agencies, physicians, and the public to work together to preserve the health of the nation's children through immunization. The Alliance, which is made up of medical, public health and parent...

2008-08-05 12:01:07

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every Child By Two (ECBT) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are launching a new campaign with actor Amanda Peet to urge parents to immunize their children against vaccine-preventable diseases. The new "Vaccinate Your Baby" campaign will address misperceptions about vaccines that cause confusion among parents and put children at risk. "When I was pregnant with my daughter Frankie, I had all kinds of questions, including ones about...

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2008-07-30 15:05:00

Most children taking attention-deficit disorder medications such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta do not require heart-screening electrocardiogram tests, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The statement contradicts advice given earlier this year from the American Heart Association (AHA) that recommended children taking these drugs receive EKGs. More than half of the 4 million U.S. children diagnosed with attention-deficit disorders are currently being treated with...

2008-07-28 03:00:18

By Doug Pullen, El Paso Times, Texas Jul. 28--When you think of the people who battle high cholesterol, you think of the elderly, the middle-aged, the obese and the overweight. But kids? Well, yes. There's been a growing momentum in pediatrics to combat high cholesterol before it becomes a problem later in life, especially in kids who may be genetically predisposed -- or eating their way to it. "You have to start treatment early. This is a long-term process that starts in childhood....

2008-07-22 00:00:16

By Jan Jarvis FORT WORTH, Texas - Beverly Morgan of Arlington, Texas, was 16 when she started taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. However, she eventually abandoned the medication. "I would rather control my cholesterol with exercise and diet, simply because when you do put drugs in your body, you're going to have side effects," said Morgan, 19, a student at Mountain View Community College in Dallas. "I try to take as little medications as possible." While many people...

2008-07-11 09:00:15

By Jan Jarvis?, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 11--Beverly Morgan of Arlington was 16 when she started taking the popular cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. But she eventually abandoned the medication. "I would rather control my cholesterol with exercise and diet simply because when you do put drugs in your body, you're going to have side effects," said Morgan, 19, a student at Mountain View Community College in Dallas. "I try to take as little medications as possible." While...

2008-07-09 00:00:04

By Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO - For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol- fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems. It is the strongest guidance ever given by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new guidelines today. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing. Dr. Stephen Daniels of the academy's nutrition committee says the new advice is...


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