Here’s a look at what Thrive was up to last week.
Frances Jensen, MD, senior associate in Neurology, was featured in a piece on 60 Minutes about the prevalence of epilepsy and the importance of funding research that can lead to its cure. It’s clearer than ever before: American children are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. A novel surgery saves one baby’s vision. The HealthMap team gives our weekly H1N1 update. Children’s doctors talk about how easily H1N1 spreads and Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits Children’s. Our Mediatrician tackles “slut lists” and a Children’s expert offers parents a guide to a healthful Halloween.
Other stories we’ve been reading:
Listen to the new guidelines being reviewed by British doctors that would lower the country’s age limit for transgender patients receiving puberty-blocking drugs. The segment begins at the 34 minute marker.
Multiple studies show how pregnant women getting the flu vaccine is an important way to protect their babies. Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita show your child the right way to sneeze. Last weekend, Emergency Department doctors at Children’s began seeing increases in what they think are swine flu cases and Judy Palfrey, MD, FAAP, comments on the Obama girls getting the flu shot. Have you ever wondered how the flu virus spreads? Watch this video to see how.
Ron Samuels, MD, MPH, associate medical director of the Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, was interviewed last night on New England Cable News about how quickly and widely H1N1 can spread compared to the seasonal flu, the importance of mass vaccination and how Children’s is having a high volume of patients with flu-like illness in its emergency room.
- Serbia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, Russia, and the U.S. state of North Dakota have all reported their first H1N1 deaths.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that there have been 414,945 confirmed cases of H1N1 worldwide, and nearly 5,000 deaths.
- The WHO’s Director-General Margaret Chan also stated that the pandemic would reach its natural end when enough people had become immunized.
- United States President Barack Obama declared H1N1 (swine flu) a national emergency, as the US death toll surpassed 1,000.
- Also in the United States, manufacturing difficulties are delaying the delivery of the H1N1 vaccine. The CDC said that only 16.1 million out of an expected 30 million doses had been shipped. While H1N1 vaccine shipment is delayed, increases in school closures, hospitalization rates, and 11 more pediatric influenza-related deaths point to an intensifying pandemic throughout the US.