August 21, 2011 |
Before newborns leave the hospital, they should receive a simple, pain-free test to check for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects, according to a recommendation by a federal advisory panel. In a report published online Sunday in the journal Pediatrics, the doctors propose nationwide screening for critical congenital heart disease using pulse oximetry, a probe placed on a hand and a foot that uses a light source and sensor to measure oxygen in the blood.
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June 11, 2011 |
More than 1,000 people in California have been infected with whooping cough this year, and health officials have encouraged the public to get immunizations against the bacterial disease. A new law goes into effect July 1 requiring middle school and high school students to show proof that they have received a whooping cough booster shot, known as Tdap, before the start of the new school year. Authorities on Friday urged parents to make sure their children get the vaccine early in the summer to avoid a rush of vaccinations in August and September.
March 21, 2011 |
First a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami. Now a battle with an out-of-control nuclear reactor facility. How much can one people take? Though there's obviously a limit to what anyone can bear, cultural features of a society can clearly influence psychological resilience, experts say. As the tragedy drags into a second week, they warn that prolonged stress will lead to heightened trauma for many Japanese people and that levels of sadness...
February 11, 2011 |
Booster Shots blogged Thursday about Nature's look back at the human genome, published 10 years ago. Now let's note the journal's look to the future. Leaders of the National Human Genome Research Institute on Thursday published their strategic plan for the next phase of human genome research. The paper, "Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine From Base Pairs to Bedside," sets up five "domains" for the future of genome research: understanding the structure of genomes, understanding the biology of genomes, understanding the biology of disease, advancing the science of medicine, and improving the effectiveness of healthcare.
January 20, 2011 |
Tony and Jimmy, the "Two Guys Lose Weight (or Try To)" writers on Booster Shots, think they can lose 20 pounds or more in just six weeks. If you've been reading their daily blog posts on Booster Shots, you know what they're eating (if they're telling the truth), how many squats they're doing (ditto) and how many pounds they hope to lose. Now it's time to meet them -- electronically speaking. Los Angeles Times writers Tony Pierce and Jimmy Orr have been blogging about their Tootsie Roll-to-carrots lifestyle make-over.
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January 2, 2011 |
The dramatic surge in whooping cough in California in 2010, in which 10 infants were killed by the bacterium and more people were sickened than in any year since 1947, has scientists looking for answers. Researchers are focusing on a surprising trend: 7- to 10-year-olds are getting the disease at higher levels than doctors would have suspected. Public health experts are concerned that children in that age group may not be protected by the final booster in a series of five shots that begin when they are 2 months old. The last booster is given between the ages of 4 and 6. "The big question for the vaccine is, how long does it protect you for?"