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Health Tip: Caring for Pets

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- If there's an emergency and you need to evacuate your home, your pets must go too. So be prepared. The American Red Cross recommends: Find out which hotels would accept pets. Prepare an emergency contact list of friends, family members and veterinarians who can help care for your pets in an emergency. Practice evacuation drills with your pets, including getting their loaded carriers into your car. Microchip your pets, and make sure their vaccines are up to date. Read more

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When Parents Get Vaccinated, Their Kids Do Too

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – When parents get a flu shot, their kids are more likely to be vaccinated against not only the flu, but also other diseases, new research reveals. Investigators first focused on the flu vaccine, and found that the kids of parents who got the flu shot were nearly three times more likely to get the shot themselves. But the trickle-down effect did not stop there. When parents got flu shots, they were also more likely to make sure their kids were vaccinated against other diseases, especially the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine protects against several cancers, including cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men. And the reverse held true. "Parents who chose not to immunize themselves for influenza were more likely to have children who weren't immunized against other diseases, such as HPV," said study lead researcher Steve Robison, from the Oregon ... Read more

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Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – An experimental vaccine therapy shows promise in treating people with deadly glioblastoma brain cancer, researchers behind a small, preliminary study report. With current standard care, half of glioblastoma patients die within 15 months of diagnosis. Four of the 11 patients in this study survived for more than five years after vaccine/chemotherapy treatment, the Duke Cancer Institute research team said. "This is a small study, but it's one in a sequence of clinical trials we have conducted to explore the use of an immunotherapy that specifically targets a protein on glioblastoma tumors," said lead author Dr. Kristen Batich. "While not a controlled efficacy study, the survival results were surprising, and they suggest the possibility that combining the vaccine with a more intense regimen of this chemotherapy promotes a strong cooperative benefit," she added in a ... Read more

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Flu Season All But Over in U.S.

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – This year's flu season is rapidly winding down and is expected to end within the next couple of weeks, U.S. health officials predicted Friday. It was a year much like the past few flu seasons, when the H3N2 virus was the most prevalent strain. That strain usually is hardest on the elderly and the very young. But this flu season there was a slight twist – middle-aged people were more affected than children, said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are not done yet, there's still flu out there, but it is declining," she said. "This is the first week that influenza A and B are both going down." The 2016-2017 season followed a typical course, Brammer said. "We had a large wave of influenza H3N2 and then we had a smaller wave of influenza B at the end – not an uncommon pattern," she said. However, the ... Read more

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4 in 10 U.S. Adults Under 60 Carry HPV

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Nearly half of American men and women under 60 are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at risk for certain cancers, federal health officials reported Thursday. More than 45 percent of men were infected with genital HPV in 2013-2014, while 25 percent were infected with high-risk genital HPV. At the same time, about 40 percent of women carried genital HPV, while almost 20 percent had high-risk genital HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts and are considered low risk, with a small chance for causing cancer, the CDC report said. Other types are believed to be high risk and can cause cancer in different parts of the body. Those areas include the cervix and vagina in women, the penis in men, and the anus and neck in both genders. However, the HPV vaccine has the ... Read more

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Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals. The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis ("whooping cough") while pregnant rose from less than 1 percent in 2006-2008 to more than 87 percent by 2015. In early 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the Tdap shot for pregnant women regardless of prior Tdap vaccination. The vaccine can be given at any time during pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation. Babies whose moms got the Tdap shot during pregnancy had a 91 percent lower risk of whooping cough during the first two months of life. That's the ... Read more

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Most U.S. Kids Who Die From Flu Are Unvaccinated

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – The yearly flu shot could prevent most flu-related deaths among children and teenagers, a new U.S. government study estimates. Researchers found that about three-quarters of U.S. kids who died of flu complications between 2010 and 2014 were unvaccinated before they fell ill. If all children got their yearly flu shot, 65 percent of those deaths could be prevented, the researchers estimated. Experts said the findings, published online April 3 in Pediatrics, bolster what health officials already recommend: Adults and children age 6 months and up should be vaccinated ahead of every flu season. "This shows you, once again, that kids should get their flu shot," said Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It also highlights a fact that many parents may not know: "Healthy children can, and do, die of the flu," said Offit, ... Read more

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Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – The cancer-preventing HPV vaccine does not appear to have any ill effect on babies unintentionally exposed to it in the womb, researchers report. Babies whose mothers were vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) during pregnancy did not have a significantly higher risk for major birth defects, low birth weight, preterm birth or stillbirth, compared with unexposed babies, according to a new study. "We found no support for an adverse effect on the unborn baby of HPV vaccination in pregnancy," said senior author Anders Hviid. Hviid is a senior investigator with the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that's responsible for virtually all cases of cervical cancer, 95 percent of anal cancer and 70 percent of throat cancers, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. HPV vaccines are recommended for all ... Read more

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Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Improved prevention, screening and treatment could help eliminate hepatitis B and C as serious public health problems in the United States and save nearly 90,000 lives by 2030, according to a new report. About 1.3 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B and about 2.7 million have chronic hepatitis C. These infections cause about 80 percent of liver cancer cases worldwide. Liver cancer incidence in the United States rose 38 percent between 2003 and 2012. Liver cancer deaths increased 56 percent during that time, primarily due to viral hepatitis, according to the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. "Viral hepatitis is simply not a sufficient priority in the United States," said report committee chair Dr. Brian Strom, chancellor and professor at Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences in ... Read more

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Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious complications from shingles, a new study finds. Shingles occurs when the same virus that causes chickenpox is reactivated later in life. Nearly one-third of people in the United States will develop shingles. The risk increases with age, researchers said. The new study showed the vaccine was 74 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations for shingles during the three years after vaccination. That number dropped to 55 percent effective after four or more years. The immunization was 57 percent effective for preventing lasting pain in the three years after vaccination. The rate dropped to 45 percent after four years, the researchers said. The findings were published recently in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. "The fact that we found relatively high effectiveness against serious outcomes, such as ... Read more

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Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – More than half of American adults don't get an annual flu shot, and black Americans are even less likely to do so because of concerns about side effects, researchers report. Campaigns advocating annual free flu shots should not only focus on the dangers of the seasonal flu but also address fears about the vaccine by explaining how it works, the study authors advised. "Most people have very limited understanding of the way vaccine recommendations are determined and how vaccines are made and distributed," explained study author Vicki Freimuth, a professor of health and risk communication at the University of Georgia. "Perhaps increasing knowledge about the process and its many contributing organizations may decrease perception of risk from the vaccine," Freimuth added in a news release from the Society for Risk Analysis. Only 41 percent of black adults in the ... Read more

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Nearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Living near a day care center won't increase your child's risk of catching contagious illnesses like whooping cough, new research suggests. Scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia reported that kids in neighborhoods with one or more day care centers don't get sick more often from extra germs circulating in the area. For the study, the researchers analyzed the total number of day care centers in Philadelphia and compared them to areas in the city where people were diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis). "Hypothetically, more day care use could translate to more children, parents and caretakers getting sick because of everyone being in contact with each other. But we wanted to ask the question, 'Do these people carry germs back into the local community, making other kids sick?' " said study leader Neal Goldstein. "The answer to that appears to be, ... Read more

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U.S. Medical Experts Issue Warning on Yellow Fever's Advance

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm over yet another potential mosquito-borne health threat to Americans – yellow fever. In an essay published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and colleague Dr. Catharine Paules said that a large outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil must be closely monitored. Yellow fever has a relatively high death rate and "is the most severe [insect-transmitted] virus ever to circulate in the Americas," Fauci and Paules wrote. "Although it is highly unlikely that we will see yellow fever outbreaks in the continental United States . . . it is possible that travel-related cases of yellow fever could occur, with brief periods of local transmission in warmer regions such as the Gulf Coast states, where A. aegypti mosquitoes are ... Read more

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Chimps Can Get Ebola, Too, But Oral Vaccine May Help

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – A new study shows promise for an oral vaccine to protect wild apes against the Ebola virus. The virus is a real threat to Africa's great apes – for example, Ebola is estimated to have killed one in three wild gorillas in recent decades. However, the researchers noted that the new vaccine research was stopped early due to U.S. laws regarding medical testing in chimps. In the current study, six chimps received the oral vaccine while four were injected and served as a control group. The animals all showed a strong immune response after 28 days. The researchers said there were no side effects. The oral vaccine could potentially be administered to wild apes through food. "In 2014, the world was gripped by fears of an Ebola virus pandemic. Yet few people realize that Ebola has already inflicted pandemic scale mortality on our closest relatives," said lead ... Read more

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Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – A group of six high-ranking U.S. Senators and House members from both sides of the aisle issued a statement Tuesday supporting the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved vaccines. The statement comes after reports that President Donald Trump has shown some support for the widely discredited "anti-vaxxer" movement. In early January, Robert Kennedy Jr., a vocal opponent of routine childhood vaccinations, said that Trump had asked him to head a new commission on vaccine safety. Various medical organizations expressed alarm at the time. However, the six Congressional leaders who penned the statement Tuesday said the debate over the safety of vaccines has long been over. They include Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Ranking ... Read more

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