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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants New York NY

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in New York, NY. 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.

Chi C. Shum MD
(212) 308-4894
155 E 47th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
General Practice, Family Practice, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: 1199, 32BJ, Aetna (all plans except HMO), Atlantis, ChoiceCare, CignaEmpire Blue Cross Blue Shield, GHIGuardian, HealthNet, HIP (all plans except Medicaid), Horizon, Humana, MagnaCare, Medicare, Multiplan, Oxford, PHCS, United HealthcareWorker Com
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Beth Israel Medical Center
Residency Training: New York Presbyterian Medical Center
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1994
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Medical Association, New York Medical Society, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, New York Presbyterian Alumni Association
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Cantonese,Mandarin

Data Provided By:
Sandra L. Forem
(212) 213-8469
650 First Ave
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Herminia Tolete-Rotor MD
(212) 673-1189
409 E 14th St
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics

Data Provided By:
Loretta Young Au
(212) 226-8866
125 Walker St
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


Data Provided By:
David Krol
(212) 342-3060
549 West 180th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


Data Provided By:
Flavia Marino MD
(212) 490-2446
155 E 38th St
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics

Data Provided By:
Maria I. New
(212) 746-3456
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics

Data Provided By:
Monika M R Rutkowski
(212) 263-5940
530 1St Ave # 7F
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


Data Provided By:
Lisa Michelle Satlin
(212) 241-7148
1 Gustave L Levy Pl
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


Data Provided By:
Anouk Amzel
(212) 491-2311
534 West 135th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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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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