The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a global guideline recommending two doses of human papillomavirus vaccine spaced at six to 15 months apart for girls ages 9 to 14 in all resource settings, while three doses should be administered to girls ages 15 and older in maximal and enhanced settings who didn't receive prior HPV vaccination. The guidance in the Journal of Global Oncology also advised that boys in maximal, enhanced and limited settings may receive HPV vaccinations provided at least 50% coverage of the priority female target population and that such vaccines are sufficient and cost-effective.
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End-stage renal disease patients may have a higher risk of death if they receive hemodialysis after radiofrequency ablation for liver cancer, compared with patients who were not dialyzed, a study in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found. The risk of death was lower for patients ages 70 and younger than in older patients, researchers said.
Experts and researchers agree that pregnant women and fetuses benefit from regular exercise, which can help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Experts, writing in a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said that moderation is the goal and cautioned against certain more vigorous exercises that may not be safe for pregnant women.
Massachusetts is just 4 percentage points away from reaching a nationwide goal of having 80% of adults ages 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Neil Maniar of the American Cancer Society said the remaining 4% represent population-based disparities and people who feel good and do not get tested, and he adds that increased public awareness and working with community groups on screening strategies can help.
Providers at the Allegheny Health Network may now access the EHRs of veterans that are stored at any of the Department of Veterans Affairs' 1,233 centers across the US, including the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, via the agency's Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. More than 1,700 documents have been shared between the organizations since they began the partnership last fall.
Burlington Graphics in Racine, Wis., has developed a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes health care through an Anthem and Aurora Health Care accountable care organization. The Anthem-Aurora partnership provides onsite nurse visits at the graphics company's main office, same-day access to doctors, care coordination and navigation services, and more.
After being diagnosed with cancer herself, oncology nurse Lindsay Norris wrote an open letter to all the patients and families she had cared for to say she was sorry for everything she didn't understand about what they were going through. The letter reminds not just fellow nurses but all caregivers of the importance of being a better listener and handling "patient and family/care partner fragility with the utmost respect, humility, and empathy -- in other words, to strive to be our best selves in the midst of suffering," write Jennifer Wenzel and Cynda Rushton of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
After Thursday's planned vote on the American Health Care Act was delayed, President Donald Trump told House Republicans they must vote on and support the measure today, or he will move on to other policy priorities. The Rules Committee is expected to meet this morning to determine terms for debate, with a vote planned for afternoon.
Lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand Department of Veterans Affairs services for female veterans. The bill would require VA facilities to have at least one women's health care specialist on staff and have facilities retrofitted to offer more privacy for women patients, among other provisions.
Hospice use by eligible Medicare patients was 2.55% in 2015, compared with 2.59% in 2014 and 2.67% in 2013, according to a report from Healthcare Market Resources. Eleven states saw increased hospice use from 2014 to 2015, down from 17 that recorded increases from 2013 to 2014.
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