Fortunately the majority of children recover from ear infections without any intervention. But about 20-30 percent of the time, they need help fighting the infection.
Can you imagine being the parent whose child contracts one of these illnesses and you know halfway around the world children will survive and perhaps never even come in contact with one of these diseases because of modern medicine?
Perhaps the most insidious obstacle toward HPV vaccination resides in a nasty little parenting decision. When exactly should we vaccinate our boys and girls? The answer is key, because vaccines should be applied at least six months before the first exposure to the virus.
Annually in the U.S. about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and for 4,000 of them, it's fatal. African-American women with cervical cancer are twice as likely to lose their lives to this disease than white women.
One has only to visit Nigeria or India or Pakistan for a few hours to catch a glimpse of beggars who creep along the dirt roads of villages or the filthy asphalt streets of the cities, crawling on their elbows and dragging legs paralyzed due to polio.
There's a growing and welcome awareness that the world's biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well.
Many people complain about the lack of cures for cancer but when a preventative vaccine for a type of cancer is within our reach, too few reach out for it. Even worse, we are neglecting to protect our daughters.
Every child deserves an equal shot at beginning his or her life healthy and safe. But the reality is that a vast number of children -- simply because of where they were born -- are vulnerable to deadly diseases that have largely been muted in the rest of the world thanks to the power of vaccines.
When she left me a message telling me to call her back, I worried the news would not be good.
The current flu season already has claimed the lives of 29 children, the CDC said Friday. The flu was associated with 829 children's deaths between 2004 and last year, CNN reported in October.
By spring, strains of the speedy influenza virus will evolve again as virologists race against next season's deadline to create a new vaccine. For all the wonders of modern medicine, nature always seems to be one step ahead of human ingenuity.
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