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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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Zinc supplementation improves cognition in adolescent girls

[s2If is_user_logged_in()][/s2If]Adolescent girls who received zinc supplementation through ingesting foods high in zinc or by taking a zinc nutraceutical demonstrated improved cognition and taste acuity, according to an intervention trial conducted in Maharashtra state of Western India. “Zinc has a role in many body functions,” said Anuradha Khadilkar, MD, DCH,… 

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Zinc reduces treatment failure in children experiencing serious bacterial infections

Of the more than 1 million infant deaths that occur each year in India, more than 25% are associated with serious bacterial infections, including pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis. Zinc deficiency has been linked to higher rates of infection and is a common problem for Indian children, particularly during their first… 

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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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Zinc reduces mortality in severe childhood pneumonia

Zinc gluconate supplementation in children between the ages of 6 months and 59 months with severe pneumonia significantly reduced case fatality rates, but was not associated with faster normalization of children’s respiratory rate, body temperature, or oxygen saturation. According to UNICEF and the Public Health Foundation of India, childhood pneumonia… 

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