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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Oakland CA

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Kityu Chiu, MD
696 Cleveland St
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1995

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Margaret Michelle Miller, MD
(415) 668-8900
525 Spruce St
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1988

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Michael Martin Alcalay, MD
452 Haddon Rd
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1968

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Sonia Milagros Soto, MD
(510) 238-8309
456 Wayne Ave Apt 103
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Salem Community Hospital, Salem, Oh; Forum Health -Northside Med C, Youngstown, Oh
Group Practice: Salem Comprehensive Pediatrics

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Reshma Rani Thadani, MD
(510) 272-9637
Apt 7e 1200 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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An T Pham
(510) 208-3540
600 International Blvd Ste 102
Oakland, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Catherine Anne Chin, MD
(510) 238-5400
1030 International Blvd
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kalpna Thuraisamy, DO
(907) 247-9258
Apt 16 2316 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Sch Of Osteo Med, Stratford Nj 08084
Graduation Year: 1993

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Hanh Duc Tran, MD
(510) 282-2363
130 International Blvd Apt 6
Oakland, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med & Pharm Univ, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (942-01 Eff 1/83)
Graduation Year: 1975

Data Provided By:
Dr. Michael Martin Alcalay
Oakland, CA
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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