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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Anchorage AK

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Anchorage, AK. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to ear infection prevention for infants, ear infection treatments, audiologists, and hearing loss treatment, as well as advice and content on eardrops, earwax removal, hearing loss, and conditions of the ear.

Richard Danl Mandsager, MD
(907) 465-3092
PO Box 2402493601c Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dr.MONIQUE KARAGANIS
(907) 729-4117
411 West Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Deborah Lynn Lerner, MD
(314) 454-6000
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1992

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James Monroe Nesbitt, MD
(907) 261-5098
10470 Hampton Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Languages
Chinese, Japanese
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1968

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Advancedent
(907) 222-4820
2741 Debarr Road
Anchorage, AK
 
Clark Lyn MD
(907) 222-4880
2600 Denali Street Suite 302
Anchorage, AK
 
Kaltenborn K C MD
(907) 272-2571
718 K Street
Anchorage, AK
 
Bateman Andrea Faap
(907) 562-2120
3340 Providence Drive Suite 452
Anchorage, AK
 
Kiehl Phyllis S Faap
(907) 562-2120
3340 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
 
Lucht Williams Fccp
(907) 646-2230
2751 Debarr Road Suite 360
Anchorage, AK
 
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Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

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November 3, 2007: 8:04 am: Dr. Neil Ear Problems

Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
 

Here’s a shocking statistic.

Next to the common cold, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed childhood illness in the United States. More than 3 out of 4 children have had at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. (1)

This high incidence of ear infections in totally unnecessary as the solution to reducing the incidence of ear infections in babies has been known for decades, namely breast-feeding your baby for a minimum of 6 months, and preferably 1 year or longer.

You see, breast-feeding is the natural way to help fight infections in your baby. Researchers have discovered that antibodies passed to the baby by a nursing mother help lower the occurrence of many conditions including ear infections, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Breast-feeding also contributes to the infant’s immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of bacteria and viruses. As a group, formula-fed babies have more infections and more hospitalizations than do breast-fed babies. (2)

Another benefit to breast-feeding is the way you hold a baby to breast-feed it. Breast-feeding keeps the baby at an angle which helps keep the Eustachian tubes clear and hence, fewer ear infections. In contrast, bottle-fed babies tend to lie flat and that allows “gunk” (to use a fancy medical term) to get in the baby’s Eustachian tubes and run up to the middle ear where it causes infections. (1)

Now researchers have found even more evidence of the efficacy of breast-feeding. They have found that breast-feeding protects children otherwise made susceptible to ear infections by abnormalities in specific human genes.

About 19% of children are prone to chronic and recurrent middle ear infections (Otitis media). Although researchers have long known that genetics plays a part in this increased vulnerability, they never knew the exact mechanism involved.

“We know that the tendency to get this infection runs in families, and so we decided to look for small variations—what we call ‘single-nucleotide polymorphisms,’ or SNPs—in three important genes that produce inflammatory signaling molecules for the immune system,” said Janak Patel, a professor in the infectious disease division of UTMB’s Department of Pediatrics. “Two of them stood out on their own as signals of increased risk.”

The two identified genes generate the immune proteins known as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin 6 (IL-6). SNPs in each individual gene were enough, the researchers found, to create increased risk for childhood ear infections, and simultaneous SNPs in both genes created even more risk. The researchers believe that the particular var...

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