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Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common childhood disease with important ramifications to the overall health of infants and young children. The peak incidence of AOM occurs at 6 to 18 months of age, but it can also occur in older children. Complications of AOM include persistent middle ear effusion, chronic otitis media, transient hearing loss, or speech delays.
Early daycare attendance linked with greater childhood healthcare use

Early daycare attendance linked with greater childhood healthcare use

Daycare attendance in the first year of life is a risk factor for earlier respiratory infections and is associated with greater use of healthcare services in childhood, study findings show. [More]
‘No convincing evidence’ for zinc supplements to prevent otitis media

‘No convincing evidence’ for zinc supplements to prevent otitis media

There is no convincing evidence that zinc supplements reduce the risk of otitis media in children or adults, say the authors of an updated Cochrane review. [More]
Localised inflammation found in eosinophilic otitis media

Localised inflammation found in eosinophilic otitis media

Antigen-specific immunoglobulin E is produced locally in the middle ear mucosa of patients with eosinophilic otitis media, clinical research indicates. [More]
Henry Ford launches clinical trial for treatment of tinnitus caused by noise trauma

Henry Ford launches clinical trial for treatment of tinnitus caused by noise trauma

Henry Ford Health System has launched a clinical trial to investigate a new drug for the treatment of tinnitus, a chronic ringing of the head or ears that affects more than 600 million people worldwide. [More]
Education campaign fails to improve guideline adherence in paediatric AOM

Education campaign fails to improve guideline adherence in paediatric AOM

Swedish researchers report that overall adherence to treatment guidelines for acute otitis media in children is good, at 70–90%, but that adherence to watchful waiting is poor. [More]
Mechanisms of recurrent bacteria AOM in children under scrutiny

Mechanisms of recurrent bacteria AOM in children under scrutiny

The immune response in young children with bacterial acute otitis media differs between individuals who are prone to such infection and those who are not, US researchers have shown. [More]
Concise analysis of robotics and surgical navigation systems in the U.S. market

Concise analysis of robotics and surgical navigation systems in the U.S. market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: U.S. Market for Surgical Navigation Systems and Robotics [More]
Immunoregulatory genes modulate otitis media risk

Immunoregulatory genes modulate otitis media risk

Variation in genes involved in immunity influences children’s susceptibility to developing otitis media, according to research by a US team. [More]
Pediatric viral respiratory tract infection often complicated by bacterial sinusitis

Pediatric viral respiratory tract infection often complicated by bacterial sinusitis

Nearly 1 in 10 cases of viral upper respiratory tract infections in infants and young children is complicated by acute bacterial sinusitis, often in conjunction with acute otitis media, a longitudinal cohort study has found. [More]
Rare case of tuberculous otitis media described

Rare case of tuberculous otitis media described

South Korean researchers have reported a rare case of tuberculous otitis media and say that ear tuberculosis should be considered in patients presenting with otitis media complicated by facial paralysis. [More]
Aston University tackles 'glue ear' problem with hearing test app

Aston University tackles 'glue ear' problem with hearing test app

Aston University is tackling the problem of 'glue ear' in children with a hearing test app for any concerned families. [More]
URTI risk factor for chronic, recurrent otitis media

URTI risk factor for chronic, recurrent otitis media

Results from a meta-analysis indicate that upper respiratory tract infection increases the odds of chronic or recurrent otitis media over sixfold. [More]
Cord blood vitamin D linked to pediatric RTI risk

Cord blood vitamin D linked to pediatric RTI risk

South Korean researchers say that encouraging pregnant women to spend more time outdoors or to increase their vitamin D supplementation may reduce the number of respiratory tract infections in their infants. [More]
AOM associated with significant increases in direct costs incurred by consumers, health care system

AOM associated with significant increases in direct costs incurred by consumers, health care system

Acute otitis media, or ear infection, is the most common ailment among kids of preschool age and younger in the U.S., primarily because these children have immature middle-ear drainage systems, higher exposure to respiratory illnesses and undeveloped immune systems. [More]
Implanting tubes in ears is less likely to improve long-term cognitive and functional development

Implanting tubes in ears is less likely to improve long-term cognitive and functional development

Watchful waiting or ear tube surgery? It is a decision faced by millions of families of children with recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion (non-infected fluid in the middle ear) each year. [More]
Duration of common pediatric respiratory infections estimated

Duration of common pediatric respiratory infections estimated

An international research team has systematically reviewed the literature to formulate up-to-date estimates of the duration of common childhood respiratory tract infections. [More]
GSK's FluLaval Quadrivalent vaccine effective in reducing flu cases in children

GSK's FluLaval Quadrivalent vaccine effective in reducing flu cases in children

GlaxoSmithKline plc announced today that a peer-reviewed study issued online by the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that GSK's FluLaval® Quadrivalent reduced flu cases among children ages 3-8 by 55.4% overall and lowered the risk of developing moderate-to-serious flu illness by 73.1%. [More]
Air pollution link to early childhood pneumonia

Air pollution link to early childhood pneumonia

European research shows that exposure to elevated levels of air pollutants is associated with an increased risk for pneumonia before the age of 3 years, and particularly in the first year of life. [More]
Smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear images of ear tympanic membrane

Smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear images of ear tympanic membrane

A new, smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear, transmittable images of the ear drum, or tympanic membrane, which someday may allow for ear infection diagnosis without a visit to the doctor's office, according to an abstract presented Monday, Oct. 28, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. [More]
European Commission approves updated label of Prevenar 13 for high risk pneumococcal disease

European Commission approves updated label of Prevenar 13 for high risk pneumococcal disease

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the European Commission approved updates to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for the company's pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevenar 13* (pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine [13-valent, adsorbed]), regarding its use in certain populations at high risk of pneumococcal disease. [More]