CDC: Childhood vaccination rates remain high in U.S.
Immunization coverage among kindergartners was above 93% for recommended doses of whooping cough, chickenpox, and measles, mumps and rubella vaccines during the 2013-2014 school year, CDC researchers found. Nearly 2% of children were left unvaccinated because their parents refused to give them shots. The findings appear in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News
No link found between diabetes, HCV in U.S. population study
Research in the journal Hepatology found no correlation between the prevalence of diabetes and hepatitis C in the U.S. "Elevated liver enzyme activities were associated with both diabetes and with [insulin resistance]. We suggest that previous reports of relationships of HCV with diabetes may, in large measure, have been the result of this effect of elevated liver enzymes," researchers noted. Healio (free registration)/HCV Next
Study links depression, obesity in adults
Study data showed that 43% of adults with depression also were obese, and 55% of patients taking antidepressants were obese. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics said the data did not suggest a reason for the association, but Tony Tang of the University of Pennsylvania said obesity may be linked to self-esteem, social and health problems that could lead to depression. HealthDay News
Primary care practice sees success with walk-in hours
Primary Care Medical Associates in Chicago created a morning walk-in program for established patients as a way to make the practice more competitive. The practice helped boost patient volume by sending mailers to current patients advising them of walk-in times, and it is considering expanding the program's hours. Medscape (free registration)
Researchers say older antibiotic is effective for Staph
University of Nebraska researchers are advising physicians that vancomycin, an older antibiotic, still works against Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said physicians do not necessarily have to choose a newer antibiotic to treat these infections. HealthDay News
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Report: U.S. may need special centers for Ebola care
The U.S. may need a regional system of specialized centers for treating Ebola patients staffed by clinicians trained to deal with unfamiliar pathogens, researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors said there are challenges to providing high-containment care for Ebola patients in traditional health care settings. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said its care of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has "sidelined" many ICU staff who are being monitored because of potential exposure to the pathogen. MedPage Today (free registration)
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