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Screen children with reading difficulties for hearing problems, says report

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found 25 per cent of its young participants who had reading difficulties showed mild or moderate hearing impairment, of which their parents and teachers were unaware. The researchers believe that if there was more awareness of youngsters’ hearing problems – as well as an understanding of what particular aspects of literacy they struggled with – then the children might be able to receive more structured support that could help them improve their reading and writing skills.”(more)

Study suggests an answer to young people’s persistent sleep problems

Medical X-Press – Mikhail Zinshteyn

“A collaborative research project involving James Cook University and the University of Queensland indicates high rates of sleep problems continuing through teenage years and into early adulthood – but also suggests a natural remedy. Dr. Yaqoot Fatima from JCU’s Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health was associated with a study that tracked more than 3600 people from the age of 14 until they were 21. “Just over a quarter of the 14-year-olds reported sleep problems, with more than 40 percent of those still having sleep problems at 21,” said Dr. Fatima. She said the causes of sleep problems were different at different ages.”(more)

Vaccination 101: make sure kids are up to date

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As the new school year begins, make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations. “Schools are a great environment for spreading bacteria and viruses because students are in crowded classrooms, sharing things and in close proximity to one another,” said Zachary Klase. He’s an assistant professor of biological sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “A major factor contributing to many viral outbreaks is being in an environment where you are close to others such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team or living in a residence hall,” he added in a university news release.”(more)

Infectious disease physician dispels vaccine myths ahead of back-to-school physicals

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Having updated vaccinations is an important step for children heading back to school. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that vaccines have saved more the 732,000 lives during the past two decades. While studies have repeatedly shown vaccines are the best way to protect our communities from some of the deadliest illnesses, questions still arise. Nadia Qureshi, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician at Loyola University Medical Center, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, sheds light on some common myths about vaccines.”(more)

Time to catch up on reading, writing … and routine shots

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Of all the items on your child’s back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid’s least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say. Vaccination requirements may vary somewhat from state to state. But all 50 states and Washington, D.C., require children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), polio, measles and rubella. If your child hasn’t already been vaccinated according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended schedule, it’s not too late, said Dr. David Kimberlin. He is vice chair of pediatrics and co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s division of pediatric infectious diseases.”(more)

Add a trip to the doctor to your child’s back-to-school list

Medical X-Press – Kate Hedlin

“When checking your child’s back-to-school list, make sure that getting a physical is on the top of the to-do list. Although summer has reached only the midway point, it’s never too early to schedule a back-to-school visit with your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor, said Michael Stokas, MD, MS, pediatrician and internist at the Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills. “If you wait too long to book your appointment, your doctor’s schedule might not have any openings before the school year starts,” Dr. Stokas said.”(more)