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Reminder for Adults: Immunizations Are Still Needed and Can Be Lifesaving

Though kids often stay on track with receiving vaccines due to school requirements, with no system in place, adult rates remain low, according to one UAB expert.

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Experts: Gun Violence Prevention Requires Public Health Approach

Preventing gun violence will require a scientific public health approach and recognition of the limits of predicting individual cases of violence, according to experts slated to speak at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment.

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Continuous Antibiotics Not Necessary for Many Children with Common Prenatal Abnormality

Up to 5 percent of all prenatal ultrasounds uncover antenatal hydronephrosis, or enlarged kidneys, the most commonly detected prenatal abnormality in the U.S. Many children with this abnormality are treated continually with preventive antibiotics for the first few years of life with the hopes of preventing the condition’s associated urinary tract infections. Until recently, however, little evidence existed as to the benefits of this treatment, which involves considerable cost and inconvenience for families. But a new study found that, in most cases, continuous antibiotics for these children are unnecessary, findings that are especially of interest amidst increasing concern regarding antibiotic overuse.

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Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn Medicine researchers and published online in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society found.

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@JohnsHopkinsSPH Expert Says Court Decision Allowing Antibiotics in Animal Feed Puts Public Health at Risk

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Cuyahoga County High School Students Smoking at the Same Rate as Adults

Cuyahoga County high school students are smoking tobacco products at the same rate as adults in the county, according to new data from the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve. In 2013, more than 22 percent, or one in five high school students, report use of any tobacco product within the prior 30 days.

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New York Law Offers Nurses More Recognition, Responsibility

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If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care.

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One Route to Malaria Drug Resistance Found

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Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, also is relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis.

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Vanderbilt Physicians Seeing Increase in Brown Recluse Spider Bites

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Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.

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