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  1. Drug-Resistant Ear Infections Emerge

    Sept. 17, 2007 (Chicago) -- Since the 2000 introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine to prevent ear infections in children, a superbug that is resistant to all the antibiotics approved to treat the condition has emerged, researchers report. Children who carry the superbug develop particularly agonizi

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  2. Obese Children: More Ear Problems?

    April 16, 2007 -- Obese children may be more likely to have fluid build-up in the middle part of their ears. So say South Korean researchers who studied childhood obesity and an ear problem called otitis media with effusion. In otitis media with effusion, fluid builds up in the middle ear without ca

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  3. Vaccine May Cut Kids’ Ear Infections

    April 2, 2007 -- Children's frequent ear infections may be rarer than in the past, thanks to vaccination against pneumonia and related diseases. That's according to a new study published in Pediatrics. The study focuses on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which targets pneumococcal infections tha

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  4. Nasal Spray May Prevent Ear Infection

    March 23, 2007 -- Inventors of a new nasal spray designed to help prevent ear infections in children report promising results in lab tests on mice. Those tests show the spray, which doesn't have a name yet, was 100% effective in preventing ear infections in mice exposed to pneumonia bacteria and the

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  5. Ear Tubes Not Always Needed

    Jan. 17, 2007 -- Hundreds of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. get ear tubes each year, but a landmark study shows that a large number may not need them for the purpose of avoiding future developmental problems. Researchers followed otherwise healthy children treated as toddlers for

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  6. Ear Tubes Not Always Needed

    Jan. 17, 2007 -- Hundreds of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. get ear tubes each year, but a landmark study shows that a large number may not need them for the purpose of avoiding future developmental problems. Researchers followed otherwise healthy children treated as toddlers for

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  7. Ear Tubes Not Always Needed

    Berman, who is a pediatrician at Children's Hospital in Denver, tell WebMD that as many as 70% to 80% of children who get tubes in the U.S. have persistent fluid buildup without repeated infections. "About 400,000 tubes are put in a year [in the U.S.] at a cost of between $3,500 and $5,000 each," he

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  8. Ear Tubes Not Always Needed

    Treating Buildup of Middle-Ear Fluid With Tubes May Not Improve Developmental Issues

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  9. Cutting Antibiotics for Ear Infections

    Sept. 12, 2006 -- Most children with ear infections do not need antibiotics, but they get them anyway. Now, a new study suggests parents are often willing to delay treatment if they know their kids can get the drugs if they need them. Giving parents the option of delaying treatment meant far fewer k

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  10. Vaccine Cuts Infant Ear Infections

    Sept. 5, 2006 -- Kids under age 2 have 20% fewer painful ear infections now that pneumococcal vaccination is routine. The finding comes from a Vanderbilt/CDC study that looked at data from kids' visits to doctors' offices, emergency rooms, and outpatient clinics. Carlos G. Grijalva, MD, MPH, and col

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