Alarming Statistics on Adult Vaccinations
Nearly 50,000 Americans die every year from diseases that could be prevented with vaccines. Despite this shocking statistic, a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that many adults in the U.S. are skipping recommended vaccinations that could potentially save their lives — or the lives of their loved ones.
The data showed that a mere 16 percent of adults in 2012 received the Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The rate was only 10 percent higher in households with infants.
OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton emphasizes that the Tdap vaccine is not just for babies and expectant mothers, but also for parents, grandparents and childcare providers. While adults are usually able to fight off pertussis, the infection can be deadly in infants due to their underdeveloped immune systems. “It’s not for you. It’s for the most vulnerable,” Dr. Ashton says.
Although there were marginal increases in shingles vaccinations among seniors and HPV vaccinations among younger women from the previous year, the overall immunization rates across the board were well below the CDC’s target range.
“Vaccines don’t mean with 100 percent certainty that you can’t get these [illnesses], but if you do, typically, the illness will be less severe,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains.
In an effort to increase adult immunization rates, the CDC is urging health care providers to review patients’ vaccination histories and offer recommended vaccines during routine visits. To demonstrate how quick and relatively painless the process is, The Doctors receive their recommended vaccinations on stage.
• View the CDC’s recommended immunizations for adults by age.
• Take the CDC’s quiz to find out which adult vaccines you may need.
Celebrity Beauty Blunders and Booty Secrets
When the red carpets roll out and the flashbulbs start flashing, celebrities hit their marks, setting trends for style and beauty everywhere ... but even A-listers can make some major fashion flubs and beauty blunders! Singer-songwriter, actress and fashion designer Aubrey O’Day joins The Doctors to dish about Hollywood’s biggest beauty mistakes. Plus, Aubrey reveals her top secrets for sculpting a shapely, bodacious backside!
See which booty-boosting tips Aubrey recommends to get the derrière of your dreams!
From Kim Kardashian to Kelly Ripa, find out which big beauty blunders certain stars have made — and learn how to prevent them from happening to you!
Which is Worse: Cigarettes or CigarsIt's no secret that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. The addictive habit has been shown to cause premature aging, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, heart disease and stroke. But are cigars any less harmful since the smoke is not inhaled? Find out!
The Skinny on Skin Care
The Doctors sorts fact from fiction about reported remedies for radiant skin. Plus, see a new way to rejuvenate your face — without plastic surgery or painful chemical peels!
Is baby urine beneficial for your skin? Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross weighs in on this alleged at-home treatment.
Can consuming probiotics help prevent blemishes and breakouts? Find out whether your diet really affects your complexion.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon performs a cutting-edge laser peel that helps zap away wrinkles, age spots and acne scars!
Understanding Childhood ADHD
An estimated 5.2 million school-age children in the U.S. are affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The condition is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactive behavior and a lack of impulse control, all of which can interfere with daily activities and create problems at home and in school.
A thorough evaluation needs to be performed by a specialist before a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is put in place. Since the symptoms and severity of ADHD varies from child to child, different methods are used to help manage the disorder.
While many children with ADHD benefit from various medications, others may experience an adverse reaction that exacerbates their symptoms. Doctors may need to prescribe different medicines and make adjustments to dosages before finding a treatment that works.
Other common side effects of ADHD medications can include:
- Decreased appetite
- Sleeping problems
“Medications are used a lot, and sometimes they help a lot, but there’s so much more to it,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.
Dr. Sears recently made a house call to help Ethan, a 6-year-old struggling with symptoms of ADHD. Ethan’s parents, Jeremy and Debby, say he has difficulty staying focused in school and displays hyperactive, aggressive behavior that has not improved with medication.
After assessing Ethan’s disposition and inspecting the family’s pantry, Dr. Sears suspects that some of Ethan’s ADHD symptoms could actually be triggered by nutritional deficiency disorder.
Dr. Sears recommends an alternative, multimodal treatment combining dietary changes, behavioral therapy and physical activities to help Ethan manage the disorder.