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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Denver CO

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Tien Thi Vu, MD
(303) 536-6324
Apt 1502 550 E 12th Ave
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 2000

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Marsha Sears Anderson, MD
(303) 861-6877
1056 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1991

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Andrew Paul Sirotnak, MD
(303) 861-6919
1056 E 19th Ave # B138
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1989

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Brian B Stanga, MD
(303) 388-1587
2548 Syracuse St
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2002

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Barbara J Quissell
(303) 839-7440
1601 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Diane Lr Kane, MD
(303) 832-2268
1661 Washington St # 1-C
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1996

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Sandra Diane Moon, MD
(303) 864-5615
1056 E 19th Ave # B251
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1985

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Sasha Mary-Helen Gubser, MD, FAAP
(303) 832-0875
Apt 14 1086 Corona St
Denver, CO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2001

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Christine M Gilroy
(303) 869-2160
1801 High St
Denver, CO
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Ayres Steven J Md PC
(303) 831-6257
1721 East 19th Avenue Suite 520
Denver, CO
 
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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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