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CoMO eNewsletter Thursday 26 September 2013

Hello everyone

It’s been a very busy few months for the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and our members. In this month’s update you’ll find information about:
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Probiotics Likely Do Little to Soothe Colicky Babies

Norra MacReady

Oct 09, 2013

Sad news for sleep-deprived parents: probiotics may not quiet their colicky babies, a new meta-analysis suggests.

Evidence is still insufficient "to support probiotic use to manage colic, especially in formula-fed infants, or to prevent infant crying," lead author Valerie Sung, MPH, and colleagues report in an article published online October 7 in JAMA Pediatrics.
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FDA Approval: Meningococcal Vaccine Now Approved for Infants and Toddlers CME/CE

News Author: Megan Brooks
CME Author: Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP
CME/CE Released: 08/28/2013; Valid for credit through 08/28/2014

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Presidency of the International Pediatric Association (IPA)

To all:
IPA National Member-Societies
IPA Regional Member-Societies
IPA Subspecialty Member-Societies

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South-East Asia Region Plans To Eliminate Measles By 2020

All six WHO regions now have measles elimination goals

13 SEPTEMBER 2013. GENEVA, WASHINGTON D.C.: Today the Measles & Rubella Initiative welcomes the commitment of South-East Asian countries to eliminate measles and control rubella by 2020. All six World Health Organization regions have now resolved to eliminate measles by or before 2020.
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The coming of age of paediatricians: Life after retirement

International Paediatric Congress 2013, Melbourne, 24-29 August 2013
By Musa Mohd Nordin
Three of us Malaysians woke up early for this Meet the Experts (MTE) session. One did not fit the age bill because she had loads of paediatric years ahead unlike us who were inching to the finishing line.
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Preventing rotavirus diarrhea in The Gambia

Fifteenth GAVI-eligible country to introduce rotavirus vaccines. Yesterday, The Gambia became the 15th GAVI eligible country and 47th country worldwide to introduce lifesaving rotavirus vaccines into its national immunization program. Rotavirus, the most common cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in young children worldwide, takes the lives of nearly 300 Gambian children under five each year and accounts for approximately one-third of all under-five diarrheal deaths and diarrheal disease hospitalizations in The Gambia.
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Mid-Year 2013: Measles and Rubella So Far

While viruses don’t respect calendar years (and certainly not borders), we’re now mid-way through 2013, and it’s time to check on the status of measles and rubella globally.
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