September 11, 2014 |
* NOVA: VACCINES - CALLING THE SHOTS. 10 tonight, WHYY12. "NOVA" isn't usually a destination for the science-phobic or medically wary. But tonight on "Vaccines - Calling the Shots," the 40-year-old PBS series isn't just preaching to the choir. It's also trying to speak to those whose reluctance to vaccinate their children has helped fuel a resurgence in diseases like measles and whooping cough. And it's willing to resort to that staple of Facebook - videos of adorable babies - to do it. In this case, the adorable baby is 7-week-old Osman Chandab, who's shown, not so adorably, struggling for every breath in a Melbourne, Australia, hospital as his distraught mother looks on. Osman, we're told, was due for his pertussis (whooping cough)
January 17, 2014 |
WHEN THINGS don't go well, the natural inclination is to burn through options until one finds a remedy. Except in the world of player development, such a course of action can sometimes prove more destructive toward the future than it is productive for the present. Take, for example, Jesse Biddle. Early last season, the No. 27 overall pick in 2010 made headlines with an impressive start to his Double A career. Only 21, Biddle struck out 40 batters, walked 12 and allowed one home run and six earned runs in his first 31 innings of work.
July 15, 2013 |
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle always takes the mound with supreme confidence, but he conceded that he may have some nervous energy when he participates in the Futures Game on Sunday at New York's Citi Field. Part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game festivities, the Futures Game features many of the brightest young talents in the minor leagues. Biddle, The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked Phillies prospect, can't wait to take the mound. "I never pitched in front of a crowd in a stadium that large," he said before Wednesday's Eastern League double-A all-star game.
December 12, 2012 |
With pertussis at its highest level nationally in a half-century, the Philadelphia region has been weathering a spike that in some places is more than triple the previous record set two years ago. "We're sort of way off the scale this year," said Stephen Ostroff, Pennsylvania's acting physician general. "It really started picking up in the summer, and once kids got back to school, the [pertussis] was already there. " Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, often decline in late fall into early winter.
September 17, 2012
'90s whooping cough vaccine weakens faster than thought As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the protective effect weakens dramatically soon after a youngster gets the last of the five recommended shots around age 6. The protection rate falls from about 95 percent to 71 percent within five years, said researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Research Center in Oakland, Calif.
August 7, 2012
Have you gotten your Tdap shot? If you don't know what that is, you aren't unusual, which helps explain why whooping cough, or pertussis, is making an alarming comeback. Nearly 18,000 cases, including nine deaths, have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far this year, a pace not seen since 1959. Tdap is a booster vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Since 2005, when it was licensed, the CDC has recommended the shot for adolescents and adults, including pregnant women, because protection from childhood vaccination wanes.
August 7, 2012 |
When Pennsylvania State University biologist Andrew Read injected mice with a component of several promising malaria vaccines, he got a disquieting result: The malaria parasites spread through the immunized mice and evolved to become more virulent. Unvaccinated mice infected with these super-parasites got much sicker than those infected with ordinary malaria. The findings, Read said, should not discourage research on malaria vaccines - the disease kills hundreds of thousands of African children every year, and the parasites tend to develop resistance to drugs.
July 20, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The United States appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far - more than twice the number seen at this point last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. At this pace, the number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported.
February 14, 2012 |
A ninth grader at Pennfield Middle School in Montgomery County's North Penn School District has been diagnosed with whooping cough, an official said Monday. The student came to school Monday morning, mentioned he had whooping cough last week, and was sent home, said Christine Liberaski, the district's manager of school and community engagement. The district sees a handful of cases each year, she said. In a letter to parents posted on North Penn's website, officials warned: "Your child may have been exposed.
February 13, 2012 |
A ninth-grader at Pennfield Middle School in the North Penn School District in Montgomery County has been diagnosed with whooping cough, an official said this afternoon. The student came to school Monday morning, mentioned he had had whooping cough last week, and was immediately sent home, said Christine Liberaski, the North Penn School District's manager of school and community engagement. In a letter to parents posted today on the school district's website, district officials warned, "Your child may have been exposed.