Public Health

Reports of high-impact public health and policy studies by medical professionals

Novel Mid-East coronavirus (MERS-CoV): First detailed report

Image: PD 1. Two cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in France were identified in this report. 2. Incubation time of the virus was...

[Physician Comment] An argument against hospital admission for heart failure

Jan 16th- Patients with heart failure experience high readmission rates, but receive only a limited range of interventions as in-patients. Image: CC/J.Heilman Study author Dr. Sean Collins,...

Varicella vaccine provides 14-year protection against chicken pox

Image: PD 1. The varicella (VZV) vaccine was 90% effective in preventing moderate to severe chicken pox over a 14-year period.  2. Risk of herpes zoster...

H1N1 vaccine likely safe for pregnant mothers

Image: PD 1. Pregnant mothers vaccinated with the MF59 A/H1N1 vaccine showed no differences in spontaneous delivery, post-partum intensive care admission, perinatal death, or low-birth...

“Benign obesity” perhaps not so benign

Image: PD  1. Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at increased risk for death and CV events over the long term compared with their normal-weight counterparts. 2....

Low adult vaccination rates due to financial barriers

Image: PD  1. From a survey of general internists (GIMs) and family practice physicians (FMs), the most common barriers of physician-provided adult vaccines were financial,...

New AAP guidelines against albuterol for bronchiolitis

1. A new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Clinical Practice Guideline has been released for the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis. 2. These guidelines include...

[Policy Statement] New guidelines for pediatric acute otitis media released

Image: PD In a released statement: 1. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media (AOM) for...

Undervaccination becoming more common, associated with increased patient admission rates

Image: PD 1. Undervaccination is an increasing trend among US children, with alternative vaccination schedules becoming more popular. 2. Compared to age-appropriately vaccinated children, undervaccinated children...

No-cost contraception reduces unintended pregnancies

Image: PD/IUD Key study points:  1.  When offered no-cost contraception, most women chose highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as intra-uterine devices (IUDs) and the...

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