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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Medford OR

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Medford, OR. 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 Dale Jones, MD
(541) 772-5548
691 Murphy Rd Ste 209
Medford, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ring Eric Md Family Practice Group PC
(541) 618-6445
229 West Stewart Avenue
Medford, OR
 
Winters Gregory F MD
(541) 779-8367
2860 Creekside Circle
Medford, OR
 
Haulk Anthony A MD
(541) 779-8367
2860 Creekside Circle
Medford, OR
 
Heather Joy Young, MD
(541) 772-9449
1610 E McAndrews Rd Bldg M
Medford, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1994

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Louis Lee Murdoch, MD
(541) 608-4096
750 Murphy Rd
Medford, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1960
Hospital
Hospital: Rogue Valley Med Ctr, Medford, Or
Group Practice: Southern Oregon Pediatrics

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Dr. Pushkar Surendra Wadgaonkar
(541) 789-4700
2825 E Barnett Rd
Medford, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Johnson Donald PC
(541) 772-5437
691 Murphy Road
Medford, OR
 
Amy J Munro
(541) 772-9449
1610 E Mcandrews Rd
Medford, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Donald Harvey Johnson
(541) 773-3688
691 Murphy Rd Ste 114
Medford, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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