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Hepatitis C medication may affect children's physical development
Date: 2012-08-15 13:51:23
Children who screen positive for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a lab test may receive several different prescriptions to treat the disease. However, new research from Boston Children's Hospital suggests that one medication, peginterferon alpha (pegIFN-alpha) may have a negative impact on the physical growth of young patients.... Full Story

Mother's antibodies won't hurt efficacy of child's hepatitis A vaccine
Date: 2012-08-10 15:03:20
Parents who are unsure of whether their children are immune against hepatitis A (HAV) may send for a lab test to make sure. They may follow this with a vaccine against the virus. However, there has been some confusion about whether such an inoculation would be effective in children who receive anti-HAV antibodies from their mothers while still in the womb.... Full Story

Doctors remind parents about vaccines
Date: 2012-08-09 14:12:10
With the start of the new school year around the corner, medical experts from the Loyola University Health System are reminding parents that it is important to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccines. The public message was prompted in part by the latest outbreak of whooping cough, the most severe in 50 years.... Full Story

Newer whooping cough vaccines may be responsible for outbreaks
Date: 2012-08-02 17:09:12
A team of researchers suggests that newer whooping cough vaccines, in use since the 1990s, may have led to higher rates of the infectious disease today, as reported by HealthDay. Individuals who are worried about whether they are immune should consider taking a lab test to find out.... Full Story

Sleep may be necessary for vaccines to be effective
Date: 2012-08-01 14:01:06
People who, though a lab test, find out they are not immune to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B may choose to undergo vaccinations. However, these inoculations may not be effective if patients do not get enough sleep, according to research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh.... Full Story

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