News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms, June 30, 2008
News to know:
Grandmother, 47, gives birth to naturally conceived triplets
Janelle Perry, a grandmother from Queensland, Australia, has given birth to naturally conceived triplet boys. Cooper, Kyle and Jordan were born at 34 weeks' gestation by caesarean section last week.
Doctors are "99.9 percent certain" the boys are identical. Perry now has eight children: four children in their 20s from a previous marriage, a daughter, Rebecca, 4, with her husband Robert, and two grandchildren.
U.S. panel gives OK to 2 new combo vaccines
A federal advisory panel endorsed two new combination vaccines designed to reduce the number of needle sticks young children must endure to get the recommended immunizations. The vaccines are:
- a four-in-one shot made by GlaxoSmithKline, offering protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio, which is given to preschoolers
- Sanofi Pasteur's five-in-one shot for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and illness due to Haemophilus influenzae type b, or HiB. Children get four doses by age 2.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has not approved Merck's application to expand marketing of its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to women ages 27 through 45. The agency said there are issues which prevent approval at this time.
About 320,000 Jardine cribs sold by Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores were recalled because four children became trapped.
The wooden slats and spindles on the crib frames can break, allowing children to get trapped in the remaining gap.