Pfizer Wants to Use Children in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Pfizer Wants to Use Children in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

On Oct. 14, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. of New York City, New York announced it had received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enroll children in the Phase 3 human clinical trial on its experimental messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid) BNT162b1 vaccine for COVID-19. The trial, which last month was expanded to include adolescent […]

AAP Wants Children Enrolled in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

AAP Wants Children Enrolled in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is asking federal officials to include children in COVID-19 vaccine trials.1 On September 29, 2020, Sara Goza, MD, president of the AAP, wrote a letter addressed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Steven Hahn, MD stating, […]

Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns Given Green Light to Vaccinate Children

Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns Given Green Light to Vaccinate Children

Under an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP), pharmacists and pharmacy interns in the United States are now permitted to administer vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to children over three years of age.1 Currently, there are 28 states that allow pharmacists to administer vaccinations to […]

American Cancer Society Tells Doctors to Give Nine-Year-Old Children HPV Vaccine

American Cancer Society Tells Doctors to Give Nine-Year-Old Children HPV Vaccine

The American Cancer Society (ACS) updated its guidelines for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination on July 8, 2020 and now recommends that doctors and other healthcare providers routinely administer the two-dose HPV vaccination series to boys and girls between the ages of nine and 10.1 Currently, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends […]

Comparing the Health of Children in Japan and America

Comparing the Health of Children in Japan and America

Story Highlights Japanese children are recognized as among the healthiest in the world, while American children compare poorly, despite the U.S. spending more than any other country on health care. Japan’s vaccine policy is non-compulsory, with vaccines considered either “routine” or “voluntary” but never forced. High rates of adverse events following MMR and HPV vaccinations […]

FDA Approves Medical Device to Treat Children With ADHD

FDA Approves Medical Device to Treat Children With ADHD

Story Highlights The FDA recently approved a medical device known as called Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation System (eTNS) for treating children diagnosed with ADHD. The methodology of the clinical trial used to test the safety and efficacy of the electrical nerve stimulation device was flawed, which has raised concerns about safety. There are glaring […]

Tamiflu Again Linked to Extreme Adverse Reactions

Tamiflu Again Linked to Extreme Adverse Reactions

Three separate families have blamed Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche’s antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for drug-induced very serious side effects—including a suicide—following administration of Tamiflu to their children during the 2017-2018 influenza season. There have been numerous cases reported in past years indicating a connection between the use of this antiviral drug…

Sudden Infant Deaths Remain High in the U.S.

Sudden Infant Deaths Remain High in the U.S.

A recent report by WTVM television of Columbus, GA claimed, “Three to four babies a week are dying in Georgia due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep related causes.” In 2015, there were 170 sleep-related infant deaths in Georgia alone, up from previous years.

Why Did Peanut Butter Become An Allergen?

Why Did Peanut Butter Become An Allergen?

I can remember eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch while growing up. Hell, I still eat them. Now, as I try to watch my sugar intake, I enjoy peanut butter on apple slices. It’s a healthy indulgence. But, for those with peanut allergies, it’s a life threatening allergen. I had never heard of peanut allergies until one of my coworkers told me about her son. Peanuts, and other foods…

Childhood Cancer Up 13 Percent in Past Two Decades

Childhood Cancer Up 13 Percent in Past Two Decades

A recent study, coordinated by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published in Lancet Oncology shows that childhood cancer was 13 percent more common between 2001-2010 than in the 1980s, totaling to an annual incidence rate of 140 per million children aged 0-14 years worldwide. Although the data for this study was…

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