Parents skipping flu shots, Hospital refusing non-vaxxed kids, Israel fines parents, PTSD drug FAIL, Missing drug studies, AAP off-label policy, Monopoly for Millennials, ALL CAPS snowflakes, Dr. Rashid Buttar Advanced Medicine, Trump flu shots, ER overuse, Links to Autism, Penicillin microbiome and MORE!

Nov 19, 2018 7-9PM ET

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

One-third of US parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids Thirty-four percent of US parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a report published Monday by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The online poll, which was administered in October, looked at 1,977 parents who had at least one child, whether parents would get their children the flu vaccine and their reasoning, among other things. Of parents polled, 48% said they usually followed the recommendations of their child’s health care provider when making choices about the flu vaccine. However, 21% of those surveyed did not remember their health care provider making a recommendation about their child receiving the flu shot. “To me, the biggest takeaway is that there is a group of parents who look like they have a gap in expert guidance around whether kids should get flu vaccines, specifically whether their kid should get flu vaccine,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.

Major Fl Children’s Hospital Now Refuses All Unvaccinated Kids A new image of a letter being sent by a clinic** affiliated with John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida is now creating a stir. In the letter, the clinic puts forth a new policy that it’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine clinic will no longer see unvaccinated children. This includes children with religious exemptions or on “alternative vaccine schedules.” The clinic will give 90-days notice to those currently out of compliance to rectify the situation. The sweeping policy change has many asking if the hospital will also refuse children with autoimmune diseases, or children compromised in ways that prevent them from getting a vaccine. Its draconian nature seems to indicate a more hostile approach to thwarting vaccine choice.

Israeli Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate Their Children May Face Hefty Fine Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children could lose up to NIS 2,000 ($539) if a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday becomes law. The bill is meant to regulate the state’s treatment with anti-vaccine families, and will allow the Health Ministry to keep unvaccinated children out of schools when there is a concern of an outbreak. The proposal includes requiring the Health Ministry to keep track of which children have been immunized or not, according to the ministry’s recommendations, and to send a warning to parents of those who have not been inoculated. If the parents do not have their children vaccinated after the warning, they will be invited to a meeting to explain to them the importance of vaccinating, and if they still refuse at the end, they will have to sign a document saying so. At that point, any parents who do not inoculate their children can lose income tax rebates valued at up to NIS 2,000 ($539).

Not Good….

Well-known PTSD drug may worsen symptoms A drug once thought to reduce PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts could actually worsen those symptoms, a study said. A study published in the December 2018 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology examined 20 patients who received PTSD drug Prazosin for eight weeks to cure them of suicidal thoughts. Two of the patients in that group required emergency inpatient psychiatric care, though none of them attempted suicide during the study. Nearly 8 million people in the United States suffer from PTSD, according to the National Institute of Health. “It did not seem to do much for suicidal ideation and that was somewhat disappointing, but the thing what was mind-blowing was that is actually worsened nightmares,” W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, said in a statement. “Maybe it’s not for everybody.” He notes that with PTSD, a patient’s nightmares often focus on the trauma that produced their disorder.

This Is Criminal

Two thirds of required pediatric post-marketing drug studies are missing The FDA requires clinical studies of new drugs in pediatric populations, since many drugs developed for use in adults are also used in children. These studies are often requested after the drug is approved in adults, as “post-marketing” trials. However, a study from Boston Children’s Hospital finds that only about a third of these mandatory trials were completed within an average of seven years. As a result, most new drug labels continue to lack information needed for use in children, and most FDA-approved medications remain untested in children. The findings, published November 19 in JAMA Pediatrics, constitute an audit of the main policy responsible for ensuring that child-specific  is available to clinicians and patients. “More than 50 percent of all drugs approved by the FDA lack information on how to safely and effectively use the drug in children,” says Florence Bourgeois, MD, MPH, of the Pediatric Therapeutics and Regulatory Science Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital ( “As a clinician, I was struck early on by how little evidence we often have to guide medication use in children. Although the FDA has an established process to ensure medicines are safe and effective in adults, this has historically been lacking for children.”

AAP Makes Recommendations On Use of Off-Label Drugs for Children Less than half of medications include specific labeling for children, which means pediatricians often must decide what is appropriate to prescribe based on their clinical judgment. In a revised policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidance to physicians using drugs off-label. The policy statement, “Off-Label Use of Drugs in Children,” published in the March 2014 Pediatrics (released online Feb. 24), updates a statement that was published in 2002 and reaffirmed in 2005. “Pediatricians must prescribe drugs off-label, simply because an overwhelming number of critical drugs still have no information on the label for use in children,” said Kathleen Neville, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Committee on Drugs. “This is an even larger issue for special populations of children, including preterm infants and newborns, and in children with chronic or rare diseases.” According to the AAP, a drug’s off-label status does not imply an improper or experimental use. Health care practitioners caring for children can make therapeutic decisions to use drugs off-label based on expert opinion or on evidence for the medication’s use in a different population.

Come on…Don’t Get Offended…

Monopoly for Millennials not about real estate “Adulting” is hard when you’re a millennial. Monopoly knows. So it’s come up with a game to give young folks “a break from the rat race,” where it’s not all about the money. Hasbro, which manufactures the classic game, released its latest edition of Rich Uncle Pennybags’ adventures, Monopoly for Millennials — and yes, it includes avocados. The game is jam-packed with millennial stereotypes. Not only is Pennybags standing in front of a vegan restaurant, but he’s wearing blue Ray-Bans and earbuds, and carrying a coffee to-go cup. Of course, game tokens depict emojis, a camera, bike, hashtag and sunglasses. “Well, avocado toast is our ‘fav,’ Ray-Bans are ‘on fleek,’ and cameras because, ‘pics or it didn’t happen!’ The struggle is real for Millennials, so we chose items that we felt were relatable, but would also make fans of all ages LOL,” the company told CNN in an email. The game’s $19.82 price tag appears to be a reference the first year of the millennial generation — though some contend it began in 1981.

University lecturers told DON’T USE CAPS as it frightens students UNIVERSITY lecturers have been told not to use words in capital letters when setting assignments because it might frighten students into failure. Staff at Leeds Trinity’s school of journalism have also been told to “write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions”. Some blasted the move as “more academic mollycoddling” of the snowflake generation. An “enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement” memo lists dos and don’ts – with “do” and “don’t” among words frowned upon. Course leaders say capitalising a word could emphasise “the difficulty or high-stakes nature of the task”. The memo says: “Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all. Generally, avoid using capital letters for emphasis and “the overuse of ‘do’, and, especially, ‘DON’T’.”


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Trump Warns Flu Shots Are Greatest Scam According to President Trump, the flu shot is the greatest scam in medical history, created by Big Pharma to make money off vulnerable people and make them sick. In an interview with Opie and Anthony on Sirius XM, Trump slammed flu shots as “totally ineffective” and declared that he has never had one.

“I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do. And this one (latest flu vaccine) has not been very effective to start off with. “I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.“

The Emergency Department Is Healthcare’s One-Night Stand. Are We Ready To Address It? Hit and quit it. This taboo phrase signifying a one-night stand may make one a bit uncomfortable, yet most can’t look away. Except in healthcare, we’ve been looking away for decades. Every day millions of Americans seek these ‘no-strings attached’ encounters with our healthcare system. They are trips to the emergency department (ED). According to CDC, over 130 million ED visits occur annually, at a cost of over $30 billion. While the exact number of unnecessary visits to the ED is unknown, a considerable portion occur among low-income, Medicaid recipients. Academic scholars opine profusely about this problem, health system leaders shake their heads in board rooms while devising strategies to offset the financial hemorrhaging and insurers wring their hands in defeat quarter after quarter, year after year, as they pore over the data, feeling somewhat hopeless as if they are powerless to influence the trends.

Study links autistic children back to mothers who had chronic respiratory ailments, inflammation during pregnancy Clinical trials have shown an association between the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and maternal immune activation (MIA), an active immune response after an infectious exposure during pregnancy, but this study is the first one to examine its link to an increase in behavioral abnormalities in children. The connection between ASD and MIA is still largely unknown but research suggests than an immune system-mediated subtype of ASD is triggered by changes in the cellular activity such as antibody levels in the mother and/or child. Animal models have revealed that MIA is a risk factor in developmental abnormalities in the offspring. ASD is a neurological and developmental disorder that manifests in early childhood and lasts through a person’s adult life. It can have a range of symptoms but mainly affects interaction and communication skills. A person with ASD may have difficulty expressing themselves and talking with others. They also show repetitive behaviors and limited interests.

Does Air Pollution Raise Autism Risk? Traffic-related air pollution may play a role in development of autism, new research suggests. A Canadian study found that exposure to a common air pollutant during pregnancy was tied to higher odds of a child being diagnosed with autism by age 5. That pollutant, nitric oxide, is associated with traffic pollution, the researchers noted. “There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, so prevention has an important role to play,” said lead researcher Lief Pagalan. “Avoiding air pollution is not easy because it’s all around us, and we should see this as a broader public health issue,” said Pagalan, of the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. “In the long term, it’s about bringing down air pollution levels for everyone.” About one in 59 American children has some form of autism, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and include difficulties with socialization and communication.

Use of penicillin early in life, even in low doses, affects the gut microbiome, contributing to braininflammation and changes in behavior It is truly unavoidable to catch a cold or contract a disease, especially with today’s lifestyle trends and medical misinformation. A lot of the medicine we use to treat our health conditions may actually cause more harm than good. A St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University joint study found that low doses of penicillin administered to pregnant mice and their young results in behavioral changes that have long-term effects. The study, which was published in Nature Communications, reports that the behavioral changes noted in the mice included elevated levels of aggression, characteristic neurochemical changes in the brain, and imbalance in the gut microbiome of the mice. On the bright side, giving the mice a lactobacillus strain of bacteria managed to prevent the effects of the administered penicillin.

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