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Rachael Zimlich, RN
Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Breastfeeding may offer early protection against ear infections
Breastfeeding is already known to offer a number of health and developmental benefits. Now, an Australian study is adding ear infection prevention to that list.
Parents still sway HPV uptake in undergrads
For whatever reasons, uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the teenaged years is mediocre, but do the college years offer new opportunities for healthcare providers to encourage the vaccine? Maybe not, according to a new study.
Parents rely on pediatricians for teen vaccine reminders
Compliance with recommended immunizations among adolescents is not the best, but what may be more startling is the fact that most parents don't even realize that their child is missing vaccines.
NICU graduation is the icing on the cake for families heading home
For parents of infants who require extra care after birth, experiences in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be filled with the anxiety and stress of frequent setbacks. Here's how one hospital helps parents mark the transition to home and bring a joyful closure to the NICU experience.
Five ways to reduce healthcare administrative costs
Five ways to reduce healthcare administrative costs
Administrative costs are a huge burden in healthcare, but there are several process changes that can result in huge savings.
When antibiotics work best in AOM
Antimicrobial therapy for acute otitis media (AOM) is effective, but it’s not for everyone. A new study out of Finland shows that antibiotics are highly effective in treating AOM, but many children can also recover without them.
Education and outreach crucial to teen vaccinate uptake
Teens want and need physicians to reach out and give them responsibility when it comes to managing vaccination, according to a new report.
Report: Middle school vaccine mandates work
States requiring students to get certain vaccinations before middle school have lower disease incidences and higher compliance rates, a new report finds.
Liability is limited in vaccine-related injuries
Vaccine-related injuries in adults are rising, but healthcare providers administering those vaccines rarely have to worry about liability claims.
Flu “patch” as effective as shots, preferred by patients
Researchers have developed a microneedle patch that could replace injections for influenza vaccination and a host of other diseases.

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