Just a few things that looked interesting:
The effect of sucrose on infants during a painful procedure (from the Korean Journal of Pediatrics): The upshot of this appears to be that, physiologically, there was no difference between the babies who got sugar and those who didn’t, but the babies who got the sugar cried less and seemed calmer. This goes along nicely with research that has found that babies who are breastfed while getting their vaccinations are calmer and happier afterward.
Historical comparisons of morbidity and mortality for vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States (from the Journal of the American Medical Association): This is from 2007, but I just found it. It’s a fabulous roundup of the reductions in mortality after the introduction of vaccines. “A greater than 92% decline in cases and a 99% or greater decline in deaths due to diseases prevented by vaccines recommended before 1980 were shown for diphtheria, mumps, pertussis, and tetanus. Endemic transmission of poliovirus and measles and rubella viruses has been eliminated in the United States; smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.” And so on and so forth.
Is abortion associated with mental illness (PalMD talking about the New England Journal of Medicine): “The risk of a psychiatric contact did not differ significantly before and after abortion (P=0.19), but the risk after childbirth was significantly greater than the risk before childbirth (P<0.001).” ::coughs:: I’ll be doing a post about postpartum mental illness sometime soon…
Six months of exclusive breastfeeding: How good is the evidence? (British Medical Journal): This was reported all over the place as “OMG, maybe babies don’t need to be breastfed as long” or some such. Which is totally not what the article is saying. It’s mostly arguing for more research. We’re all agreed that breastfeeding is awesome and wonderful and if it’s possible, giving babies primarily breastmilk for lots of months is good for both baby and mother. The questions posed are 1) can we decrease allergies by adding small amounts of certain solid foods in that 4-6 month period, 2) can we decrease anemia by the same method? The especially cool thing is that if you scroll down, there are a lot of responses from different organizations, so you can get different points of view.