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Little Oak Mite Pack a Big Bite (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- They're small -- so small they can sneak throw window screens, too small to be seen by the naked eye -- but they're creating some big problems this fall. Oak mites, and their itchy bites, have invaded.

"They're just nasty little creatures," says Lolita McDavid, MD, Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "Their bites itch like crazy.'

Although the welts caused by oak mites should eventually disappear, Dr. McDavid says excessive itching can cause infections. She suggests icing the bites to decrease the swelling and numb them so they don't itch so much. She also suggests ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories for the pain and itch.

Dr. McDavid says insect repellent doesn't work on them and spraying on trees doesn't kill them while as many as 300,000 mites can drop from a single tree in a day.

Tips for Oak Mite Bites
Stay away from oak trees 
One bitten, use ice packs to decrease swelling and numb itchiness.
Don't itch: use Ibuprofen for pain and swelling
Try lotions with hydrocortisone, a steroid to decrease swelling, or Benadryl, an antihistamine to treat pain and itching from insect bites


Study shows asthma not worsened by giving toddlers Tylenol (EMBARGOED UNTIL 5:00 P.M. ET, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17TH) (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- "It's reassuring that we can now let parents know that it is, in this particular population, safe to use acetaminophen on an as-needed basis," says Kristie Ross, MD, Clinical Director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic at  University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "There had been groups and physicians who advocated that we should advise parents not to use acetaminophen in children with asthma."

Dr. Ross co-authored a study which appears in the August 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study looked at 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5 with persistent, mild asthma and randomly assigned Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) on an as-needed basis for a one-year period. The study showed no increased asthma flares or more asthma symptoms from children who took acetaminophen for pain relief than the group that took ibuprofen.

About 10 percent of school age children have asthma symptoms while about a third of pre-school age kids will have at least symptoms of asthma like wheezing. The study does not look at older children or children with severe asthma.

"Acetaminophen is the most commonly used medication for children in this age group so this is a really important question to address," says Dr. Ross. "So to be able to tell them that they can reach for acetaminophen, which is generally considered a safe medication and is very commonly used, is a good thing."

Backpack Safety Interview (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND -- Christopher Tangen, DO, sports medicine specialist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, talks about how to make sure children are using backpacks correctly as school gets ready to begin.

First proton therapy patient treated in Ohio (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND – Patients now have access to a new cancer fighting technology close to home. Melissa Hennie, 24, became the first patient in Ohio to undergo proton therapy treatment for a rare form of sarcoma, called rhabdomyosarcoma, at University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center.
Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation that targets tumors more directly than traditional radiation, potentially limiting damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. This makes proton therapy the ideal treatment for tumors in sensitive areas such as near the eye, brain, spine, heart, lungs and for children and young adults.
Doctors treated Hennie nine years ago at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for a benign cyst in her eardrum, called a cholesteatoma. It grew back and needed to be removed again earlier this year. However, this time, the cyst contained cancer.
Hennie is currently undergoing chemotherapy but also needed radiation. Because the tumor is inside her ear, and so close to her brain, she was an ideal candidate for proton therapy.
“She has many, many years of life expectancy ahead of her,” says David Mansur, MD, Director of the Proton Therapy Center at UH Seidman Cancer Center. “So we want to do everything we can to try and minimize any long terms effects from the radiation.”
At least half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy at some point in their treatment course.
“A lot of people get cancer when they’re younger, like teenagers, or even kids, babies, and stuff,” says Hennie. “So this is a good way to keep them safe for when they’re older and to be able to have a normal life. That’s really what I’m looking, to be normal like everybody else.”


University Hospitals Case Medical Center ranked in top 1% of hospitals, according to U.S. News (EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd)

  University Hospitals Case Medical Center once again has been recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Case Medical Center was named among the country’s Top 50 in eight methodology-ranked specialties. The annual U.S. News
Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
UH Case Medical Center is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 in: Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Urology. These results place UH in the top 1 percent of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals eligible for ranking every year.

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