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December 31, 2012
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  • Respiratory viruses linked to acute otitis media in children
    Researchers conducted 96,418 respiratory viral tests in children with a history of acute otitis media and found that 48% of them were positive, mostly for respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus and influenza. The findings appear in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Healio (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Combo therapy for pediatric glaucoma has better long-term outcomes
    Trabeculectomy alone and trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy were equally effective for treating children with glaucoma, but the combined procedure yielded better long-term outcomes, a study has found. Researchers said that complications did not differ significantly between the two groups. The findings appear in the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Healio/Ocular Surgery News (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kindness may boost happiness and popularity among preteens
    Preteens who were asked to do three acts of kindness every week for four weeks were happier and more popular among their classmates, according to a study in the journal PLoS One. The findings suggest that performing "positive acts" could even help fight bullying in school. BBC (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's jeans removed from market over choking risk
    More than 140,000 pairs of Meijer Distribution's Falls Creek Kids denim jeans for infants and toddlers have been voluntarily recalled because of defective snaps on the front that could choke young children, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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