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New Guide for Prospective and New Parents Helps Them Be Tech Wise With Bab

A new resource designed specifically for expectant and new parents is aiming to help families cultivate healthy screen time habits—for their child and for parents/caregivers while around their child—from the day baby is born.

Developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Children’s Screen Time Action Network, Be Tech Wise With Baby! is uniquely tailored to an often overlooked but critical period when it comes to screen time advice: a baby’s first year of life.

Released in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ virtual 2020 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, October 2–5, the free Be Tech Wise With Baby! patient education handout is well suited for pediatrician, ob-gyn, and other medical offices and outpatient therapy clinics; libraries; day care centers; and all other settings that provide information for new parents and caregivers.

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With Pharmacies Authorized to Provide Children’s Vaccines, Community Care Rx (CCRx) Addresses Concerns from Pediatricians and Anti-Vaccers

Out of concern about declining rates of childhood vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) took steps in August to increase access to and improve vaccination rates of children ages 3 – 18 by allowing licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.

For Community Care Rx (CCRx), it was welcome news, as this regional pharmacy could play a role in helping to prevent spreadable diseases such as measles, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, rubella and mumps.

However, the measure has rankled some pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics and 44 of its chapters are asking federal officials to rescind the decision to allow licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines to children. The Academy has stated that children should be vaccinated with a pediatrician they know and trust.

Addressing Pediatricians’ Concerns

“Utilizing a pha

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St. Jude’s Leading Virologists Release Insights Into Top Five Questions About Covid and the Flu

With winter’s dual influenza season and COVID, Richard Webby, Ph.D, a member of the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the World Health Organization’s Influenza Vaccine Composition Advisory Team, highly encourages all Americans to prioritize getting the flu shot as their first line of defense against community spread.

“As we head into what could be a dual flu season and COVID-19, the number one thing all Americans can do is get the flu shot. While it takes roughly two weeks to build up immunity in your body, it is the best defense against the influenza virus. With what may be a volatile dual flu and COVID-19 season this winter in the United States, now is the time to get the flu shot. It is the most effective tool we have to stave off the influenza virus,” said Richard Webby, Ph.D, a member of the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude

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The Good Cough and the Bad Cough: Treating Coughs in a Targeted Way, Based on Their Type

Researchers might be able to treat a troublesome cough in disease without disrupting the protective cough we need for optimal lung health, by targeting the different brain circuits involved. That’s according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology.

More people seek medical advice for an unwanted, nagging cough than any other ailment. In some people their cough can persist for years without relief, as effective treatments are not readily available.

These findings from Australian researchers have very important implications for understanding and potentially treating cough disorders because it appears that different types of coughs may use different brain circuits.

The act of coughing typically begins with an irritating stimulus within the larynx, airways or lungs that activates cough-evoking sensory nerves. These sensory nerves transmit this information to the brain, whe

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