Risk Factors Risk Factors for Chickenpox (Varicella) Between 75 - 90% of chickenpox cases occur in children under 10 years of age. Before the introduction of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, about 4 million cases of chickenpox were reported in the U.S. each year. Since a varicella vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, the incidence of disease and hospitalizations due to chickenpox has declined by nearly 90%. Chickenpox usually occurs in late winter and early spring months. It can also be transmitted from direct contact with the open blisters associated with either chickenpox or shingles. (Clothing, bedding, and other such objects do not usually spread the disease.) A patient with chickenpox can transmit the disease from about 2 days before the appearance of the spots until the end of the blister stage. This period lasts about 5 - 7 days. Once dry scabs form, the disease is unlikely to spread. Most schools allow children with chickenpox back 10 days after onset. Some require chil...
It is impossible to read any information on ADHD without finding out that the three major symptoms of ADHD are inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. But what does this really mean? What do these symptoms look like on a day to day basis?
Each child is different. Each child has symptoms of ADHD that fall somewhere between mild and severe. Each child has a unique combination of symptoms. Ask any parent. They can go into detail on their child's behavior and their description might have some similarities to another parent's stories, but there will be differences as well. If this is the case, how then, can we figure out what is ADHD, what is normal behavior, and what might be something else entirely?
The following lists are compilations of how the three major symptoms may show up. It will be up to each family to decide if the behaviors warrant consideration, accommodations, behavioral interventions or medication to help in reducing symptoms.
In this entry, I would like to discuss some things to think about as families go back to school in terms of asthma. One is the increase in asthma exacerbations during this period, and the other some thoughts about asthma control as kids go back to school.
Asthma gets worse in September For several years, doctors and patients have observed that asthma control, including asthma exacerbations, increase in September. Some doctors and scientists have even called the increase in hospitalizations for asthma the "September Epidemic."
The reason for this remained obscure until recent studies that looked into the major causes of worsening asthma control and if they changed in September. It turns out that the increase in asthma worsening and kids going back to school are not merely coincidences. A detailed study of asthma attacks looking at many individuals (using 12 years of hospitalization data from the Canadian health ministry) showed that there is a sharp spike in asthma hospitalizati...
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