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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:56pm
When can we say goodbye to meningococcemia? This is the second chapter in the series on the pain and suffering caused by  vaccine preventable diseases. The suffering I hope most of you will never have to experience. The pain that physicians of my generation know all too well, and the pain that some...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:27pm
His name was James Robert, but his parents called him JimBob.   He had always been healthy. He had had the usual number of childhood colds and respiratory illnesses, but had never been hospitalized before now. An active, talkative, engaging child who would be starting kindergarten in a couple of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:56pm
Vaccine preventable diseases It occurred to me as the measles discussion has been progressing on social and traditional media that we would not have been having this conversation 50, 40, or even 30 years ago. Parents for the most part would have rushed to have their children vaccinated against any...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:22pm
It’s a small, small world: especially when it comes to the spread of infectious diseases   (My thoughts and a few video clips on the measles outbreak) Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard about the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:56pm
I delievered this talk on January 22, 2015 to everyone who works for and/or with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital. I have done this every year since I have been at Carilion (starting with FY 2008). Our fiscal year ended on September 30, 2014, and thus this talk predominantly covered events...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:56pm
Many of us in pediatrics were looking forward to the new show, the Red Band Society to demonstrate the issues involved in providing healthcare to kids. Many of us at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital were ecstatic that our local Fox affiliate, Fox 21/27 decided to run a series of videos about...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:55pm
If you are alive and connected to any media source, no doubt you have seen or heard reports about a “new” virus that is infecting children by the hundreds.  Parents and others are worried. Will this infect my child, and how sick will he or she be from it? The first thing I need to say is that there...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:44pm
  Look at this! Today, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report announced the results of 22 years of following the teen birthrate. As you can see from the above graph, originally published on their site, there has been a considerable decline in the overall birthrate to teen mothers, which has now...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:42pm
No matter the day, no matter the season, Americans seem fascinated with the parts of our culture that are not seemingly consistent with what we like to think of as “The American Way.” Each time I check statistics for this blog, I see that the one blog post of mine that consistently ranks in the...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:05pm
Another thing about July… I spoke in my last post about the importance of July 1, in medical systems, as new interns start their road to becoming independent physicians and surgeons. However, July has another important meaning:   July is FRESH-SQUEEZED MIRACLES  month I would love to see you head...