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Family Health: Sinus Infections in Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics issues new guidelines to help pediatricians diagnose sinus infections.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issues new guidelines to help pediatricians diagnose sinus infections.
The guidelines will not only determine when a diagnosis can be made -- but also when antibiotics should be used.

The previous guidelines say  -- a diagnosis of *bacterial sinusitis* could be made when a child has an acute upper respiratory infection with symptoms lasting more than ten days  -- or a severe onset of symptoms lasting at least three consecutive days.  Now doctors can observe children with a persistent illness - lasting more than ten days for three additional days.
The complete list of guidelines appear in the Journal "Pediatrics." The Arkansas Department of Health is recognizing

*National HIV Testing Day* By partnering with the Black AIDS Institute to offer community training sessions.
The sessions will be held in Conway, West Memphis and McGehee this week.
Over 5-thousand people in Arkansas are living with HIV and hundreds are diagnosed each year. Like most diseased - early detection and treatment are important - and can also help stop the spead of HIV.

The free training is open to anyone.  There will also be confidential testing.
National HIV Testing Day - by the way - is this Thursday.   

 
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