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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.
Why do so many kids die so soon following a cancer diagnosis?
While improvements have been made to childhood cancer mortality rates, a recent research study aims to identify how many children die before being able to start treatment, and what interventions can be put in place to improve their chances.
Study compares non–vaccine-preventable illness in vaccinated, unvaccinated children
A new study found that unvaccinated children suffer more from colds and the flu than their vaccinated peers, with study authors seeking to provide evidence-based data for parents who worry vaccines are too taxing on their child’s immune system.
Weigh the risk vs benefit of vaccines in autoinflammatory disease
Physicians should be cautious when administering vaccines, particularly pneumococcal vaccines, to patients with autoinflammatory disorders, according to a new study.
Why aren't teens seeking eating disorder treatment?
A recent study shows that only 1 in 5 teenagers seek treatment for eating disorders. The researchers hope that the study will create more discussion and research.
Supplement omega-3 based on weight
Older, larger children using omega-3 fatty acid supplements as therapy for mood disorders—as well as those taking the supplement for general brain and heart health—may need more of the essential nutrient than smaller children, leading researchers to call for new studies into weight-appropriate dosing.
California team working to develop acne vaccine
A vaccine targeting the protein that contributes to acne breakouts is in development at the University of California, San Diego.
Patients, physicians forgo adult vaccines over cost and coverage concerns
Patients often go without vaccines due to cost, and physicians don’t always recommend them over concerns about reimbursement, according to a new study.
Acute otitis media warrants 10 days of antibiotics
Ear infections remain a top reason for parents to bring their children to the pediatrician—and the top reason for antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods vary, but a new study reveals that a 10-day course of treatment with antibiotics in cases of acute otitis media (AOM) may be the gold standard.
CDC: Most children don’t get full benefit of flu vaccine
Most children are not being adequately vaccinated against influenza, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also just published a new report demonstrating the efficacy of the vaccine in reducing influenza-related deaths in children.
HPV vaccination rates are rising but have far to go
Despite controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, more adolescents and young adults are getting vaccinated. However, overall vaccination rates of HPV compared with other teenaged-years vaccines are still low, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).