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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Fairbanks AK

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Fairbanks, 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.

Ronald Scott Wells, MD
1060 Gaffney Rd
Fort Wainwright, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 2000

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Dr. John Alan MacFarlane
(907) 452-7060
542 4th Ave
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Tallan Eric M MD
(907) 456-7768
1919 Lathrop Street
Fairbanks, AK
 
Harry James Jordan
(907) 456-4825
1008 16th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Baurick Karl B MD
(907) 479-7701
1919 Lathrop Street
Fairbanks, AK
 
Dr. Ronald Scott Wells
(617) 522-2316
1060 Gaffney Rd
Fort Wainwright, AK
Specialty
Pediatrics

Corneliu C Antonescu, MD
(907) 452-4493
1001 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Iasi, Romania
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dr.James Foote
(907) 459-3520
1001 Noble St # 350
Fairbanks, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.6, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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John Alan Mac Farlane, MD
(907) 452-7060
542 4th Ave Ste 230
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1970

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Taylor Robert W MD FACS
(907) 452-4900
1867 Airport Way
Fairbanks, 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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