April 18, 2011 |
Steve Blake will play in Game 2. So will the Lakers, presumably. They're certainly studying enough, spending two hours in video review Monday and enduring enough stops and starts at the hands of Coach Phil Jackson to cause a headache. "We went over everything, pretty much," Andrew Bynum said. The Lakers needed to after their 109-100 loss to New Orleans in the playoff opener. Whittling away the Lakers' comfort margin in the playoffs Chris Paul ripped apart their defense, Pau Gasol imploded on offense and their overall play was no better than "speckled," as Jackson called Blake's appearance a few days ago. Blake is over his bout with chickenpox and can only help the Lakers' effort Wednesday to stop Paul, who had 33 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and a brush with history in Game 1. It was the fifth time in 3,272 previous playoff games that anybody had as many points, assists and rebounds.
January 5, 2010 |
Children whose parents refuse to let them be vaccinated for chickenpox are nine times as likely as vaccinated children to develop chickenpox that requires medical attention, researchers reported Monday. Although the conclusion may seem self-evident, it reflects a growing problem with childhood immunizations, said epidemiologist Jason M. Glanz of Kaiser Permanente's Institute for Health Research in Denver, the lead author of the report in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
April 23, 2007 |
The chickenpox vaccine has not been a slam-dunk success. With some people, it hasn't scored any points at all. The varicella vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1995 as a single shot given to children ages 12 to 18 months, and by many accounts, the program has been effective. A generation of children has now been vaccinated against chickenpox, and cases of the disease have dropped by 85% since 1995. Deaths from severe cases of the disease fell from 124 in 1994 to 26 in 2001.
March 19, 2007 |
Merck's chickenpox vaccine Varivax not only loses its effectiveness after a while, but it also has changed the profile of the disease in the population, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday. The study confirmed what doctors widely knew -- that the vaccine's protection does not last long.
September 7, 2005 |
A new vaccine that combines four childhood immunizations has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Merck & Co. said Tuesday. The vaccine, called Proquad, is approved to protect children 12 months to 12 years of age against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.
August 18, 2005 |
The start of infant chickenpox vaccinations a decade ago has led to an 88% decline in hospitalizations and a 59% drop in doctor's visits, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Deaths have also dropped, from about 150 a year before the immunization program to an average of 66, according to recent statistics.