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An update on the current and future management of rotavirus in India

More than 110 million children in India aged younger than 5 years have diarrhea, with an average of 3.2 episodes a year. It’s estimated that 7% to 8% of community-based episodes are due to rotavirus—a total of 25 million to 28 million episodes in young children a year, according to… 

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Could a rotavirus vaccine based on genotypes prevalent in India be on the horizon?

Rotavirus is a leading cause of severe infant diarrhea, causing an estimated 100,000 deaths each year in India, according to the World Health Organization. While most young children in the world contract rotavirus at some point in their early childhood, the disease course is usually much more severe for children… 

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Despite pediatric and WHO guidelines, ‘irrational’ antibiotic prescribing for diarrhea persists in India

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) guidelines recommending against the use of antibiotics for acute nonbloody diarrhea, many healthcare providers in India do so, according to a recently published study. “The main financial reason cited by the doctors in the study quoted is… 

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Probiotic could help reduce acute infectious pediatric diarrhea

Lactobacillus reuteri, a “good” bacteria that lives in the gut and is recognized as a probiotic, helped to reduce acute infectious diarrhea in children, especially those with lower nutritional status, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. The 6-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in low-socioeconomic areas of Jakarta,… 

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Study identifies risk factors for prolonged diarrheal duration, complications in children

A new pediatric study has found that younger age, malnourishment, dehydration, fever, dysentery (bloody stool), longer duration of diarrhea prior to admission, and the failure to treat diarrhea with medication put children suffering an acute bout of diarrhea at increased odds of experiencing a prolonged course or complication. Key Point:… 

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