CDC: FLU SEASON HAS PEAKED AS ACTIVITY DECLINES

CDC officials reported the flu season peaked in early February. However, 17 additional pediatric flu deaths were reported, bringing the season's total to 114, and 81.7 flu-related hospitalizations per 100,000 people were recorded, up from 74.5 per 100,000 the week before, and officials say the increasing proportion of influenza B viruses may prompt a late-season bump in infections. (3/2), The Washington Post

FEBRUARY 2018 PHYSICIAN ALERT: INFLUENZA AND SEPSIS

Please read this quote from CDC, I received yesterday: "Prompt recognition and treatment of sepsis are critical at all times, but are especially topical during this challenging influenza season, which is likely to continue into the Spring.

PRENATAL ANTIBIOTIC EXPOSURE MAY INCREASE INFECTION RISK IN BABIES

Australian and Danish researchers found that children whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy were up to 20% more likely to be hospitalized for infections by age 14, compared with those whose mothers didn't take antibiotics. The findings in the International Journal of Epidemiology also showed increased odds of infections, especially gastrointestinal infections, among those born vaginally, compared with those born by cesarean section, among those whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy.

EGG CONSUMPTION MAY BOOST INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Babies who were introduced to eggs at age 6 months had significantly elevated blood levels of choline, other choline pathway biomarkers and docosahexaenoic acid, which were associated with brain development and function, compared with those who didn't receive eggs, researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The findings also showed substantially better linear growth and decreased stunting among those who received eggs.

CDC REPORT ON FLU ACTIVITY ACROSS THE US

The CDC reported that influenza was widespread in 49 states during the week ending Jan.13, with flu hospitalizations nearly twice the level seen the previous week and seven additional pediatric deaths reported, bringing the season's total to 20. Flu activity may already have peaked, but 11 to 13 weeks remain in the season, said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza division.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/15), Reuters

THE NUMBERS ARE HORRIFYING - SURVEY IDENTIFIES HOMELESSNESS TRENDS

One in 10 people ages 18 to 25 -- and 1 in 30 adolescents -- have experienced homelessness over the past year, according to a survey by Chapin Hall, a youth policy center at the University of Chicago. The survey included data from 26,000 young people.
The Washington Post (12/31)

HEALTHY PEOPLE DIE FROM FLU, THIS STORY TOUCHED ME MORE THAN ANY OTHER

SHARING THE POST FROM OUR FELLOW PHYSICIAN MOM:
December 31, 2017 at 8:21am ·

OBESITY NEGATIVELY AFFECTS IMMUNITY IN CHILDREN, STUDY SHOWS

Researchers found that children with obesity had nearly 50% less cellular immunity cell levels, which were also about half as effective at killing tumor cells, compared with normal-weight children. The findings based on 100 children with and without obesity, showed that the defects in cellular immunity were seen in children as young as 6 years old

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