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Marian Freedman
Marian Freedman is a freelance writer.
Breastfeeding for at least 2 months provides SIDS protection
Breastfeeding for a minimum of 2 months has a significant protective effect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), almost halving the risk of its occurrence.
Seeing movies with guns piques kids’ interest in using them
Children who view movies with gun violence are more interested in guns and violence than their peers who do not have this exposure, a recent experiment showed.
Ideal pain relief for musculoskeletal injury remains elusive
A comparison of a combination of oral morphine and oral ibuprofen with each of these drugs alone found that none of these options provided optimal analgesia for the pain of a musculoskeletal injury (MSK-I).
Coronary artery lesions in Kawasaki disease are related to gene polymorphisms
The risk of coronary artery lesions (CALs) in Kawasaki disease (KD) is related to CYP2E1 gene polymorphisms, a study from Taiwan confirmed.
Study validates new test for bacterial vs viral infections
A novel assay for distinguishing bacterial from viral infections significantly outperformed routine laboratory parameters and biomarkers in a study using serum remnants from children suspected to have acute infection.
Immediate amoxicillin is the most cost-effective choice for AOM
Using a cost-utility model of a hypothetical group of symptomatic children aged younger than 2 years who were diagnosed with acute otitis media (AOM), investigators evaluated whether antimicrobial therapy reduces time to symptom resolution, overall symptom burden, and persistence of infection.
M pneumoniae infection hits preschoolers hard
A study of Mycoplasma pneumoniae disease during an epidemic in Norway found that preschool children infected with this bacterium had a significantly higher risk of severe disease, particularly severe pneumonia, than school-aged children.
An app for assessing neonatal jaundice? You bet!
A study of the accuracy of a technology for assessing jaundice in outpatient neonates based on analysis of digital images demonstrated that this smartphone application (app) may be useful for screening newborns for jaundice.
Hospitalized preterm infants benefit from mothers’ recorded voices
Being exposed to recordings of their mothers’ voices limited pain preterm infants experienced while undergoing heel lance procedures, according to a study conducted in an Italian neonatal intensive care unit.
Half of children with reported penicillin allergy symptoms are not truly allergic
Parents of children who visit a pediatric emergency department often report that their child has an allergy to penicillin, which can lead to treatment with a less than optimal antibiotic.

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