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Widespread malaria vaccination to save many children’s lives

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This week the WHO recommended widespread use of a malaria vaccine among children in regions with moderate to high transmission of the most virulent malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in under-5 children in places like sub-Saharan Africa, and this vaccine could save tens of thousands of children’s lives every year.

The RTS,S/AS01 vaccine was piloted with more than 800,000 children in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. Trials have found the vaccine to reduce deaths from malaria by up to 30% and to have a favorable safety profile, and people who were vaccinated did not decrease their use of insecticide-treated nets. The distribution of this vaccine should supplement and not replace other anti-malaria efforts.
In North America, malaria occurs chiefly in travelers after they return. Any febrile patient returning from a malaria-endemic country should be evaluated for malaria. To prevent malaria, CDC recommends malaria prophylaxis for those traveling, and the guidelines vary by country and region. If you’re interested in a refresher on the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria, the CDC’s DPDx – Malaria resource provides a great review.

Sources: WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk, World Health Organization
Malaria Information and Prophylaxis, by Country, CDC
DPDx – Malaria, CDC

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 Your kids can also get pediatric orthodontic treatments done to have perfectly aligned teeth and jaw, which will help them to have a healthy mouth as well as functional bite. Also, treating early always means treating with less difficulty and complications.  

In modern dentistry, orthodontics has developed a lot and there are multiple options available for children. The 5 most common pediatric orthodontic treatments are discussed briefly below to give you an idea. 

The following treatments are discussed in this blog-

Traditional Full Braces.

Retainers. 

Veneers. 

Space maintainers.

Bionators.

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