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Report of recurrent immune thrombocytopenia after flu shot

Uri Hamiel, M.D., from the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifin, Israel, and colleagues present the case of a child with three occurrences of ITP, each of which occurred within one week of receiving an influenza trivalent inactivated vaccine. The authors note that the patient presented at age 4.5 years with cutaneous and mucosal bleeding. He had a decreased platelet …

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Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. – The ADHD Culture: A Machiavellian Tale

Today, one in eight American children is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 1987, when ADHD made its debut in the American PsychiatricAssociation’s diagnostic manual (DSM-III-R), the authors estimated that only 1 in 33 children had the condition. This number included children with known central nervous system disorders like cerebral palsy, encephalitis, and epilepsy—diseases that were known to cause hyperactivity in children. Before …