Archive for the ‘Iatrogenic’ Category

Circumcision, cervical cancer

July 26, 2009

One of the arguments advanced to promote circumcision of males has been the supposed lower rate of cervical cancer in the wives of circumcised men. If this difference does indeed exist (many researchers feel it does not) the lower rate of cancer may be due to factors other than circumcision according to an Israeli study. Drs. A. Schachter and E. Abraham of the Beilinson Medical Center report that the traditional conservative life-style may be responsible for the difference. A study of 30,000 women revealed that in women aged 20 to 29 the cancer rate was approximately the same as that observed in the United States. (Lancet 2:1150, 1984) Copyright 1984 Phylis Austin

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DPT vaccine and infection

July 4, 2008

A study of 82 infants followed for a month before and another month after DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccination demonstrated increased rates of fever, diarrhea and cough during the 30 days after the immunization, when compared to the 30 days prior to vaccination. It is not known whether these changes are from immune system changes or vaccination reaction. (Clinical Pediatrics 27(10) 491-494, October, 1988)

Copyright 1988 Phylis Austin

DPT immunization and brain damage

July 4, 2008

The patients of an 8-year-old girl who sustained permanent brain damage after a diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine won an $15 million award against the vaccine manufacturer. Millions of children receive the DPT vaccine every year, and in many states it is required for entrance to public school. The jury felt that evidence was convincing that the company had not been sufficiently cautious in testing the vaccine, nor had the public been adequately warned about the dangers associated with the immunization. There are about 200 similar cases still pending against the manufacturer of the DPT vaccine. (American Medical News, November 6, 1987, p. 34)

Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

DPT immunizations and sudden infant death syndrome

July 4, 2008

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) death rates are greatly increased the three days following diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) immunization. (American Journal of Public Health 77(8)945-951, 1987)

Copyright 1987 Phylis A Austin

Childhood epilepsy

July 4, 2008

From 70 to 75 percent of children placed on medication for epilepsy who have not had a seizure in two to four years will remain seizure-free if the medication is discontinued. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children feel that many children treated for epilepsy have a developmental disorder which they will outgrow even without treatment, and feel that the side-effects and risks of epileptic medications may outweigh the benefits. Other researchers have noted that many patients suffer more from the treatment of epilepsy than from the disease. They point out that even without medication the worst thing that could happen to a child would be to have more seizures, and medication can always be started at a later date. With medication, the patient may also have more seizures, and/or develop behavioral and learning problems.
They feel that the child most likely to outgrow seizures will be one whose seizures began between the ages of one and ten years, with normal or only mildly abnormal EEG, and who has had one to four seizures over a period of many months. (Pediatrics 79(6)865-868, June, 1987)

Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

Stethoscopes, otoscopes, infection

July 4, 2008

A study of stethoscopes and otoscopes in a pediatric outpatient clinic showed that all of the stethoscopes and 90 percent of the otoscope handles were contaminated. Over 85 percent of the stethoscopes and 83 percent of the otoscopes were contaminated with staphylococci. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was found on more of the otoscopes than the stethoscopes.

Simple wiping of the instruments with alcohol swabs reduced the germs by over 95 percent, yet this was not a standard practice in the pediatric clinic.

The Center for Disease control and Prevention indicates that 10 seconds of vigorous handwashing, followed by a careful and thorough rinse is sufficient unless visible soiling is apparent. It is likely that these measures will also be adequate to clean medical instruments. (Family Practice 14(6)446-449, 1997)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin