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Children's Hospital Boston presents at the 2006 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting

This year's Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, from April 29-May 2 in San Francisco, will include nearly 100 presentations from Children's Hospital Boston researchers. Below are presentations of special interest. Media attending the meeting may register in the Press Room located on the Overlook at the Moscone West Convention Center; hours are 8 AM-6 PM. Abstracts are available at http://www.pas-meeting.org. All presentations are embargoed to the day of presentation (no time specified). All times noted are Pacific Time.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF DAYCARE-ASSOCIATED ILLNESS
Embargo: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Presentation Time: 11:15 am

Upper respiratory and gastrointestinal infections are a significant burden for families with children in daycare. Research led by Children's Hospital Boston physicians Dr. Grace Lee and Dr. Fabienne Bourgeois has found that non-medical costs mainly lost wages due to missed work days are considerably greater than the actual medical costs of treating the illnesses. The study was based on illness diaries kept by 834 participants, from 208 families, for seven months. The researchers stress the need for targeted interventions to reduce disease transmission in daycare settings.

[2325.4] The Economic Burden of Daycare-Associated Illness
Platform Session: General Pediatrics I (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Room 2009 - Moscone West

BOOSTING NEWBORNS' IMMUNE RESPONSES
Embargo: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Presentation times: see below

Newborn babies have immature immune systems, making them highly vulnerable to severe infections. Moreover, newborns can't mount an effective response to most vaccines, frustrating efforts to protect them. Dr. Ofer Levy and colleagues at Children's Hospital Boston now believe they have found a way to overcome these problems. In three parallel studies,
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Contact: Aaron Patnode
aaron.patnode@childrens.harvard.edu
617-355-6420
Children's Hospital Boston
2-May-2006


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