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Telemedicine may lead to antibiotic overprescription for kids

Telemedicine may lead to antibiotic overprescription for kids

Health
April 8 (UPI) -- Doctors may be overprescribing medication for children during telemedicine visits, a new study says. Children who used telemedicine were prescribed antibiotics during 52 percent of sessions, according to new research published in April in Pediatrics. That's compared to kids who visited kids who received prescriptions during 42 percent of urgent care visits and 31 percent who received them during primary care provider visits. "In recent years, the use of telemedicine for acute, primary care concerns has increased among children, said Kristin Ray, a researcher at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and study lead author, in a news release. "We know very little about the care children receive during these direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits, which occur during with d...
Unvaccinated kids banned from schools amid measles outbreak

Unvaccinated kids banned from schools amid measles outbreak

World
A suburb of New York City has banned unvaccinated children from public places for at least 30 days as it battles a measles outbreak.More than 150 people have been infected since the autumn, prompting Rockland County to declare a state of emergency. Under the measures, any under 18s who are not vaccinated against measles are barred from shopping centres, schools, restaurants and even places of worship.Anyone who violates the ban could face criminal charges and up to six months in jail.At a news conference, Rockland County executive Ed Day said: "It's an attention grab, there's no question about it." Advertisement Mr Day believes such a drastic step has never been tried in the US before - and he explained tha...
YouTube axes comments on kids videos over paedophile fears

YouTube axes comments on kids videos over paedophile fears

Technology
By Emily Mee, news reporter YouTube will disable comments on videos featuring children, after a vlogger alleged he had found instances of paedophiles targeting videos of young girls on the site.The video-sharing platform said it had suspended comments on tens of millions of videos over the past week which "could be at risk of attracting predatory behaviour". US-based vlogger Matt Watson, who runs the channel MattsWhatItIs, claimed he had discovered a "wormhole" into a "soft-core paedophile ring".In a video posted to the platform, he said paedophiles were providing links to child pornography, sharing contact details and trading unlisted videos in the comment sections underneath videos.Many of the videos being targeted are "innocuous" and legal, showing chi...
Parents who don't vaccinate kids tend to be affluent, better educated, experts say

Parents who don't vaccinate kids tend to be affluent, better educated, experts say

Health
Vaccines are universally backed by respected scientists and federal agencies, but that isn’t enough to convince every parent to vaccinate their children. The decision to fly in the face of near universal scientific opinion doesn't come as a result of a lack of intellect, however, as experts who have studied vaccines and immunology acknowledge that many parents who don't vaccinate their children are well-educated. They also appear to be the victims of a widespread misinformation campaign, the experts said. Daniel Salmon, who is the director of the Institute of Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University, said that existing research suggests that there are some common attributes that many parents who choose not to vaccinate their children share. "They tend to be better educated. Th...