All of us at East Bay Pediatrics want to wish you a happy and safe Halloween. Be sure to not eat too much candy and be safe on the streets! For more safety tips, check out this page from Healthy Children http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx.
East Bay Pediatrics now has Flu Shots for all ages over 6 months, as well as FluMist (nasal spray) for healthy children ages 2 years and older. For more information and drop in hours, please see our Flu Vaccine page.
Dr. Abbott recently served as a member of the New Slots ($4M) Task Force for the Song-Brown program of the California Office of Statewide Health and Development. Song-Brown provides funding to education programs to incentivize them to increase the number of under-represented minority primary care practitioners, provide clinical training and education in underserved areas and increase access to healthcare to the state's underserved population.
Proposition 46, which will appear on the November 2014 ballot, will weaken the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). MICRA is California's model medical malpractice reform law that keeps malpractice rates in California stable by limiting noneconomic damages in malpractice awards while providing unlimited economic and punitive damages.
The main goal of Proposition 46 is to quadruple MICRA’s cap on noneconomic damages. If enacted, it has been estimated that lifting MICRA’s cap would increase health care costs by almost $10 billion per year in California, or approximately $1,000 per family of four. The proposition is veiled as a “patient safety” initiative, mandating random and incident-driven drug testing of physicians. In addition, it mandates that physicians, pharmacists and other providers utilize an unproven government-run computer system containing patients’ drug prescription history.
We at East Bay Pediatrics ask you to vote NO on 46.
The founding partner of East Bay Pediatrics, Dr. William Rhea, died on Monday morning at his home in Berkeley. We all mourn the loss of this great, compassionate man. Services as follows:
Friday - 7:30pm Rosary
Saturday - 10:00am service followed by reception
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
2005 Berryman Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
Donation can be sent to:
Children's Hospital Foundation
William E. Rhea, M.D. Memorial Fund
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
There has been much in the news lately about Enterovirus 68, a virus which causes a respiratory illness, especially in those who already have a diagnosis of asthma or wheezing. If a child has a wheezing illness, he or she should be treated in the same way we treat any other respiratory illness. If the child is still having respiratory distress (difficulty breathing or unusually fast breathing, wheezing not responding to typical medications, or new onset wheezing) the child should be seen by a physician. For more information about Enterovirus 68, see our Health Questions page.
On August 8, President Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act--otherwise known as the Autism CARES Act—into law. The American Academy of Pediatrics was an early supporter of the bill, and was active in advocating for its passage. The Autism CARES Act is a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act (CAA), which was originally enacted in 2006, and was designed to address public and congressional concerns about the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and to strengthen federal efforts around the issue. The Autism CARES Act will help ensure sustained planning and evaluation of autism research conducted at the National Institutes of Health, increase surveillance, awareness and outreach at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and expand the training of heal th care professionals through the Health Resources and Services Administration, particularly its Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. With the signing of the Autism CARES Act, these important programs have been reauthorized through September 30, 2019.
Recently, the Benioff family joined with the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation to endorse President Obama and Secretary Clinton's Too Small to Fail campaign focused on early childhood literacy. This is a great reminder to us all to read to children from birth on. Learn more by watching the "word gap" videos provided by the campaign. Here's one where staff members from the Homeless Prenatal Program talk about their work with families facing homelessness to help young children develop skills to succeed in school and beyond.
The state public health department has declared a whooping cough epidemic. Make sure that your child is up to date on his or her whooping cough vaccine. DTaP is given to infants and incoming kindergartners. Tdap is given to incoming middle school students. Click here to read the full California Healthline article.