Nurses play critical role in responding to global resurgence of pertussis
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Pertussis (whooping cough) is on the increase in the United States and around the world --and nurses play an essential role in educating parents and patients about the safety and effectiveness of pertussis vaccination, according to a paper in the July-September issue of Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Nurses Christian Fellowship. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'Baby died of whooping cough after doctors sent him home three times'
Cavani-Cruz was born a healthy 6lb 13oz on February 4 at King's College Hospital but nine days later his mother Semray Mentes was forced to bring him back because he was vomiting and had a runny nose and cough. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Measles Outbreak: Blame the Anti-Vaxxers
You have to be spoiled to play cute with disease—spoiled or, well, stupid. And today’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that measles cases in the U.S. have hit record highs in the first five months of this year is a maddening example of both. I learned of the report in an especially striking way. MoreHow I Learned to Stop Fretting and Just Raise the KidsWhy the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s FutureNSA Officials: Snowden Emailed With Question, Not Concern NBC NewsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostComet Outlives Predicti...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers CDC measles Opinion polio Rotary vaccines Source Type: news

Well: Protecting Newborns Against Whooping Cough
Research suggests that pregnant women who get a vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough are helping their babies, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Family Whooping Cough Babies and Infants medicine and health Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Well: Protecting Newborns Against Whooping Cough
Research suggests that pregnant women who get a vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough are helping their babies, too. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 26, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Family Whooping Cough Babies and Infants medicine and health Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis has found no association between vaccination and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder. The cohort studies included in the systematic review had information on more than a million children from four different countries.  This was a valuable and rigorous piece of research that will hopefully reassure parents who have any concerns about getting their children vaccinated against childhood diseases. As with all studies, this research has limitations. It excluded data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the United Sta...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Neurology Pregnancy/child Mental health Source Type: news

ASK THE DOCTOR: What can I do to shake off this endless cough?
Top GP Dr Martin Scurr explains a persistent whooping cough in a 71-year-old woman. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NO link between autism and childhood vaccines, new survey has found
No statistical data to support a link between vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders, according to research by University of Sydney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia: Vaccination for Every Infant and Child
[Namibia Economist]The immunization coverage for 2013 shows some improvement over previous years, with 89% of infants receiving the recommended three doses of Pentavalent vaccine which protects against five diseases (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis and haemophilus influenza); and 83% vaccinated against measles. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week?s topics include autism relative to genetics and environment, whooping cough vaccination in pregnant women, the incidence of diabetes in American youth, and the impact of health insurance on death. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - May 9, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Studies confirm support for pertussis jab during pregnancy
Vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough is the most effective way to protect babies from contracting the disease, according to new research. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - May 9, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Decline in whooping cough cases continues
There were 4,623 laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in England in 2013, 51% fewer cases than in 2012 when 9,367 cases were reported. More .... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 6, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

The Anti-Vaxxers Simply Won’t Quit
It’s never easy to say oops. You know it if you’ve ever said something nasty during an argument and found it hard to apologize later. You know it if you’ve ever caused a fender bender on the road and been unable to say “my bad.” And you know it if you’ve ever failed to inoculate your baby against a range of disabling and deadly diseases that can be easily and harmlessly prevented with vaccines, in effect failing to perform the most basic job of parenthood, which is to keep your children safe. MoreMeasles Outbreaks Have Hit 13 States This Year, CDC Says‘Are Your Children Vaccinated?...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - May 5, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaccinators extremists measles mumps Parents polio vaccines WHO whooping cough Source Type: news

Disease Outbreaks May Not Change Minds of Vaccine Opponents
Study of whooping cough epidemic in Washington state found no rise in immunization of babies Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Childhood Immunization, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Vaccination During Pregnancy Seems Safe: Study
Preliminary findings suggest Tdap vaccine for mothers-to-be may help protect newborns Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Infections and Pregnancy, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mothers-to-be urged to have whooping cough jab
Mothers-to-be are being urged to take part in a vaccination programme which will protect their babies from a potentially fatal infection. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - May 2, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tidbits
We join the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) in mourning the loss of Chicago pediatrician Jerry Umanos who died in an attack at CURE children’s hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Dr. Umanos devoted his time volunteering in Afghanistan to care for the children of the war-torn country and to train physicians.  He also helped to institute a program to teach Afghan women basic health skills to care for mothers and children in their communities.He was a pediatrician at the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for 25 years.  A man of deep faith, he felt it was his calling t...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 25, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Impact of whooping cough vaccination revealed
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The most comprehensive study to date of Bordetella pertussis, the family of bacteria that causes whooping cough, could inform public health strategies to control the respiratory disease that kills 195,000 children worldwide each year. The study reveals surprising findings about the impact vaccination strategies to date have had on the bacteria's origin and evolution. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Whooping cough bacterium evolves in Australia
(University of New South Wales) The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed in Australia -- most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease -- with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result. A UNSW-led team of researchers analysed strains of Bordetella pertussis from across Australia and found that many strains no longer produce a key surface protein called pertactin. The study is published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 15, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

That Moment When You Must Have a Word With Jenny McCarthy
Dear Jenny: MoreCritiques of Free-to-Play Games Aren’t All SnobberyChina’s Growing Debt ProblemMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostPrince William Hints at Baby No. 2 PeopleLook, it’s clear we haven’t always gotten along, and it was never likely we would. You believe vaccines cause autism, that they are related to OCD, ADHD and other physical and behavioral ills, that they are overprescribed, teeming with toxins, poorly regulated and that the only reason we...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 12, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers Jenny McCarthy measles mumps Opinion polio vaccines whooping cough Source Type: news

Global Health: Once a Nation of Death, Now a Symbol of Life
Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, the country has become a model for public health, with vaccination rates that are higher than those in the United States. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 7, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Whooping Cough Measles Tetanus Rwanda Africa Source Type: news

Chili’s Burns Anti-Vaxxers—and Probably Saves Some Kids’ Lives
(Correction appended 4/7/14) MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostTexas 12-Year-Old Lost 6 Lbs., Has 'More Energy' Since Weight-Loss Surgery PeopleUConn-Kentucky title game matchup not as surprising as it seems Sports IllustratedSuperhero 'What the...?!' end-credits: We rank 'em Entertainment WeeklyToday’s tip of the tinfoil hat goes to the anti-vaccine kooks who nearly contaminated one of their biggest victims. This time it wasn’t just a child who became infected ...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 7, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaccinators anti-vaxxers Autism Chili's Kristin Cavallari national Autism Association National Vaccine Information Center vaccines Source Type: news

Chili’s Burns Anti-Vaxxers — and Probably Saves Some Kids’ Lives
Correction appended: April 7, 2014 MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostPHOTO: Katy Perry Dyes Her Hair 'Slime Green' PeopleLong journey for Napier and UConn ends with another national title Sports Illustrated'Dancing With the Stars' recap: A Fringe Fairy tale Entertainment WeeklyToday’s tip of the tinfoil hat goes to the antivaccine kooks who nearly contaminated one of their biggest victims. This time it wasn’t just a child who became infected with a vaccine-preve...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 7, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaccinators anti-vaxxers Autism Chili's Kristin Cavallari national Autism Association National Vaccine Information Center vaccines Source Type: news

Dear Anti-Vaxxers: You Want Pure Nature? OK, Die Young.
None of the New York parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children today were around the city in the summer of 1916, which is good for them and good for any of the kids they might have had. It was in that summer that 27,000 children nationwide were struck by a polio outbreak, 9,300 of them in New York. Of those 9,300 victims, 2,700 died. The Salk family at 116th St. and Madison Ave. escaped the scourge, meaning that their two-year-old son Jonas was spared. History notes that when he grew up, he had a little score-settling to do with the poliovirus. MoreHow One Small Town Lowered Their Teen Birth Rate‘Date Rape...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 2, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers epidemics health health policy Jenny McCarthy Jonas Salk measles New York City polio vaccines whooping cough Source Type: news

What Causes Ataxia?
Discussion Coordination and balance problems are caused by various problems affecting the central and peripheral nervous system. Normal development of a child or weakness of a child are commonly mistaken for true ataxia. Ataxia specifically refers to “…impairment of the coordination of movement without loss of muscle strength.” If it is purely due to abnormalities of the cerebellum then there should be no changes in mental status, sensation or weakness. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if there are abnormalities in other areas. For example, Guillian-Barre often presents with difficulty or clumsy wa...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 31, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Whooping cough
Dr Alan Fleischman discusses the new prevalence of whooping cough. He says that in the U.S., there are as many as three million cases per year, mostly in adults and adolescents. In these cases, the disease is not serious. The problem is that these individuals carry the disease to young children, who can die from the disease..... (Source: Sound Medicine)
Source: Sound Medicine - March 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sound Medicine Source Type: news

Changes in hospital orders increase pertussis immunization rates
Changing the hospital orders for women who have just delivered a child led to a 69% increase in the new mothers' pertussis vaccination rate, providing protection for themselves and their newborns against the disease, commonly known as whooping cough, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Hospital Policy Spurs New Moms to Get Whooping Cough Shot
With standing order for vaccine, coverage went from 18 percent to 69 percent, findings showed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Postpartum Care, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes in hospital orders increase pertussis immunization rates
(Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)) Changing hospital orders increased the whooping cough immunization rate among new mothers, increasing the protection for themselves and their infants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Health Tip: Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
Title: Health Tip: Learn the Signs of Whooping CoughCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/24/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/24/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - February 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Health Tip: Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
Initial symptoms may mimic a cold (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 24, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pulmonology, FYI, Source Type: news

Sudan: Miscarriages and Whooping Cough in West Darfur Camps
[Radio Dabanga]Abu Shajeira -The displaced people living in Armankul camp in Sirba locality, West Darfur, have complained of the high rates of miscarriages among pregnant women, the outbreak of whooping cough in addition to a lack of medicines and health care. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ask Well: How Long Does a Flu Shot Last?
A flu shot’s ability to last depends on how powerfully an immune system reacts to it, experts say.     (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 17, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By DONALD G. MCNEIL JR. Tags: Ask Well Whooping Cough Measles Influenza Tetanus Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Vaccine lies: Whooping cough outbreaks being triggered by vaccinated children
It is a common myth perpetuated by both the entrenched system of monopolistic medicine and the mainstream media that unvaccinated children are the social scourge responsible for triggering outbreaks of rare diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), measles and shingles... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Growing Number Of Families Opt Out Of Vaccines For Kids
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Measles Medicine mumps Paula Ebben Shot Vaccine Whooping Cough Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine antigen disappearing from bacteria in US
Vaccines for whooping cough contain three to five protective antigens, the presence of which are critical to the vaccine's effectiveness. But one of the antigens, pertactin, which had been present in almost all isolates of Bordetella pertussis in the US as late as 2010, is now absent from more than half of them, according to a paper published ahead of print in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology."These findings tell us that there is an evolutionary advantage to lacking the protein that may have important vaccine implications," says first author Lucia C. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine antigen disappearing from bacteria in US
(American Society for Microbiology) Vaccines for whooping cough contain three to five protective antigens, the presence of which are critical to the vaccine's effectiveness. But one of the antigens, pertactin, which had been present in almost all isolates of Bordetella pertussis in the US as late as 2010, is now absent from more than half of them, according to a paper published ahead of print in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

NYC requires flu shots for all daycare, preschool children
Board of Health voted to mandate flu vaccines for children under 5, in addition to vaccine requirements for other childhood ills like measles, whooping cough (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Andrew Semple obituary
Pioneering doctor and medical health officer in Liverpool who battled against infectious disease, slum conditions and pollutionFrom 1948 until 1974, Andrew Semple's patient was the city of Liverpool. Semple, who has died aged 101, was one of Britain's great 20th-century city medical officers of health. Under his guidance Liverpool tackled some of the persistent problems of infectious diseases, slum housing and air pollution that were a result of its rapid and often unplanned 19th-century growth. His ability to see the city as a living being, in which the health of residents was implicitly bound up with the declining fortun...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 11, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Sally Sheard Tags: theguardian.com Tuberculosis Obituaries Infectious diseases Health Society Housing Local government Second world war NHS World Health Organisation Liverpool Pollution Royal Navy Source Type: news

Rates of Whooping Cough and Response to Vaccine
FDA Study Helps Provide an Understanding of Rising Rates of Whooping Cough and Response to Vaccine (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 3, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA study helps provide an understanding of rising rates of whooping cough and response to vaccination
A new study is helping to provide a better understanding of vaccines for whooping cough, the common name for the disease pertussis. Based on an animal model, the study conducted by the U.S. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

FDA study helps provide an understanding of rising rates of whooping cough and response to vaccination
A new study is helping to provide a better understanding of vaccines for whooping cough, the common name for the disease pertussis. Based on an animal model, the study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and published November 25, 2013, in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that acellular pertussis vaccines licensed by the FDA are effective in preventing the disease among those vaccinated, but suggests that they may not prevent infection from the bacteria that causes whooping cough in those vaccinated or its spread to other people, including those who may not be vaccinated. (Sou...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 27, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Vaccination 'a civic duty' according to new report
This report provides useful information about adult immunisations in the UK as well as useful recommendations for increasing immunisation coverage, particularly among social care workers. However, it does not replace current guidelines for recommended vaccines. Currently recommended vaccines for adults in the UK are described below.    Who produced the report? This report, titled ‘Immune response. Adult immunisation in the UK’ was written by the UK’s International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). According its website, the ILC-UK is a registered charity and independent think tank dedicated to address...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Older people QA articles Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup from Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include flu vaccines and heart problems, screening for cognitive decline, vaccinating teenagers for whooping cough, and statins for people on ventilators. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - November 1, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Whooping cough up in La, Texas, Ark
Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and things are worse in Texas, where nearly 2,900 cases have been reported, and Arkansas, where numbers are double those of a year ago. Louisiana health officials are asking doctors to keep an eye out for it. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer Infants Hospitalized for Whooping Cough, Study Finds
Increase in teens vaccinated against the infection has resulted in decrease in babies contracting it, researchers suggest (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - October 23, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Fewer Infants Hospitalized for Whooping Cough, Study Finds
Increase in teens vaccinated against the infection has resulted in decrease in babies contracting it, researchers suggest Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Teen Health, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news