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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Honolulu HI

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Honolulu, HI. 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.

Victoria Lynch Schneider, MD
1314 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1983

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Sada Okumura
(808) 522-4476
888 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatric Neurology

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Shellie Mie Usami, MD
(808) 596-2266
1024 Piikoi St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1997

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Arthur Wong
(808) 589-2811
1314 S King St Ste 709
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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James Emerson Musgrave, MD
(808) 521-3473
1380 Lusitana Ste 808 Queens Physicians Office Bld
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1965

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Gary Akio Okamoto, MD
1010 S King St Ste 804
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1971

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Kenneth Brian Robbins, MD
(808) 522-4410
888 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Medical Management, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Straub Clinic And Hosp, Honolulu, Hi; Kapiolani Med Ctr For Women An, Honolulu, Hi
Group Practice: Straub Clinic & Hospital

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Amy Ebisutani Tamashiro, MD, FAAP
(808) 537-2211
550 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1991

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Frank Lloyd Tabrah, MD
888 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Preventive Medicine, Undersea Medicine & Hyperbaric Medicine, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1943

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Allison Shigezawa MD
(808) 524-2575
1329 Lusitana Street Suite 406
Honolulu, HI
 
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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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