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Deficit act gives states wide leeway on Medicaid.(Deficit Reduction Act concerns)

Deficit act gives states wide leeway on Medicaid.(Deficit Reduction Act concerns) Nickell, Nancy Changes made possible by last year’s Deficit Reduction Act are raising concerns in some sectors about reductions in care and conflicts of interest in West Virginia’s Medicaid program. The act also has allowed Kentucky to change its Medicaid program, although those changes […]

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Risk of HIV transmission very low in needle stick injuries

Risk of HIV transmission very low in needle stick injuries Doug Brunk MAUI, HAWAII — If a young child shows up in your office after being stuck with a hypodermic needle while playing in a park, consider treating with a short course of antiretrovirals for possible HIV infection, Dr. Mark H. Sawyer advised at an […]

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cuts duration of chronic diarrhea

Green bananas reduce severity of shigellosis: cuts duration of chronic diarrhea Damian McNamara ORLANDO, FLA. — Green bananas reduced the severity and duration of acute childhood shigellosis in a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial presented at Digestive Disease Week 2003. Children with severe shigellosis experience fever and many gastrointestinal effects, including diarrhea and frequent stools containing […]

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Bleach bath can kill bacteria in atopic patients

Bleach bath can kill bacteria in atopic patients Joyce Frieden WASHINGTON — Bleach baths can be an effective tool for killing bacteria and helping to clear atopic dermatitis, Cheryl Lee Eberting, M.D., said at a meeting of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. Experts generally recommend 1/2 cup of bleach in a bathtub full of water […]

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Managing ADHD in children with disabilities

Managing ADHD in children with disabilities Paul Lipkin Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder affects about 8%-10% of children in the general population and is three times more likely to occur in boys than girls. However, children with ADHD as well as mild to severe disabilities–including mental retardation, autism, and cerebral palsy–are seldom discussed. The prevalence of children […]

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ADHD in young children

ADHD in young children Barbara J. Howard Pediatricians love the innocence of young children so much that they may be reluctant to see in them the signs of the same serious problems they are used to diagnosing in older children. I think that’s the case with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), predictors of which have been […]