Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

News1991July › Ear ache : jabs for all › July 1991

Ear ache : jabs for all

Two new examples of medical overkill have been announced to tackle that major problem of childhood: otitis media, or middle ear infections

Two new examples of medical overkill have been announced to tackle that major problem of childhood: otitis media, or middle ear infections.

The first, developed by one Professor Michael Pichichero, the head of paediatrics at New York's University of Rochester Medical Centre, is a vaccine for otitis media, which would be given to infants before their first birthday.

Professor Pichichero announced at a London meeting on infectious diseases that animal tests with these vaccines, derived from the pneumococci bacteria, which causes true middle ear infections, had been very successful.

The vaccine, also intended for the elderly and those who cannot tolerate antibiotics, was "very much on the horizon," Pichichero.

Childhood ear ache was also in a recent issue of MIMS, which reported that some 90 per cent of what is treated as middle ear infections by doctors are simple inflammations not caused by the pneumococci bacteria and so won't be prevented by the vaccine.

Meanwhile, at Bnai Zion Medical Centre in Israel, a study concluded that children with otitis media did better with a combination of antibiotics (amoxicillin) and prednisone than with antibiotics alone. Prednisone is a potent oral steroid that has been implicated in major compromising of the immune system and problems with thinning skin.

This regime was recommended as preferable to surgery (ie, inserting tubes in the ear canal).

Can amputation be far behind?


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved