This is a recap of recent health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of collected news, and please feel free to offer comments below – we really do listen!
Boys as well as girls should routinely be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to a government advisory panel.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced recently that boys ages 11 and 12 should get the HPV vaccine to prevent anal cancer and to prevent them spreading the sexually transmitted virus to girls.
The HPV vaccine has been recommended for the last five years for young girls to protect them against cervical cancer and genital warts, though only a third of adolescent girls have gotten all three shots.
Dr. Jessica Kahn, associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and chair of the vaccinations committee for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, isn’t sure how parents will accept the vaccination for their sons. Kahn adds that the vaccine may help prevent other types of cancer, such as those of the penis, head, neck and mouth.
“The role of HPV in cervical cancer is broadly known,” she says. “But we fall short in explaining what HPV can cause in boys and men.”
Halloween is all about the candy and the costumes for the little ones, but doctors at Cincinnati Children’s have some tips that can help take the fright out of the night for parents.
Your child’s chance of getting hit by a car quadruples on Halloween, so make sure they’re visible to drivers, doctors warn. Reflective tape on costumes and treat bags are recommended. And make sure a mask doesn’t block your child’s vision. If your little goblin is under age 10, be sure to go with them and make sure you both carry flashlights. (More tips)
News coverage continues for Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department Physician Mike Gittelman and his daughter after the girl’s grade school science project made national headlines.
Casey Gittelman’s project on distinguishing candy from medicine is currently featured in a report on Fox News Channel and other national media outlets.