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The Value Of Vaccinations: Separating Facts From Myths
One of the greatest medical breakthroughs of modern civilization — vaccinations — has become increasingly controversial in recent years.
Parents are urged to give their children vaccinations soon after birth and throughout adolescence. And though vaccines are usually part of a routine doctor’s visit, some parents question their value.
Johan C. Bester, UNLV School of Medicine Bioethics Director, said vaccinations, quite simply, protect us from vaccine-preventable diseases that are extremely dangerous.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases have been occurring nationwide and are steadily increasing. From 2017 to 2018 — the course of just one year — the number of measles cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than tripled from 120 to 372.
In 2019, confirmed cases have already surpassed last year’s total, with 465 reported cases to date. This is the second
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FDA Issues Final Rule On Safety And Effectiveness Of Consumer Hand Sanitizers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule designed to help ensure that hand sanitizers available over-the-counter (OTC) are safe and effective for those who rely on them. The rule establishes that certain active ingredients are not allowed to be used in OTC hand sanitizers, formally known as topical consumer antiseptic rub products, which are intended for use without water, that are marketed under the FDA's OTC Drug Review. The final rule also seeks to ensure that the agency's safety and effectiveness evaluations and determinations for consumer antiseptic rub active ingredients are consistent, up-to-date and appropriately reflect current scientific knowledge and increasing use patterns.
"Our action today aims to help provide consumers with confidence that the over-the-counter hand sanitizers they're using are safe and effective when they don't have access to water
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CDC Issues Key Clarification On Guideline For Prescribing Opioids For Chronic Pain
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) are pleased to acknowledge receipt of a key clarification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on prescribing opioids to manage pain from certain conditions. The clarification regarding CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain—issued in a letter from the agency to ASCO, ASH, and NCCN—comes as a result of a collaborative effort by these organizations to clarify CDC’s opioid prescribing guideline in order to ensure safe and appropriate access for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and individuals with sickle cell disease.
CDC’s clarification letter notes that the agency’s guideline was developed to provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for patients with chronic pain outsid
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Pediatric Telemedicine Visits May Increase Antibiotic Overprescribing
Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often during direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits than during in-person primary care appointments or urgent care visits, according to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh research reported today in Pediatrics.
“In recent years, the use of telemedicine for acute, primary care concerns has increased among children,” said lead author Kristin Ray, M.D., M.S., pediatrician, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, UPMC Children’s Hospital. “We know very little about the care children receive during these direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits, which occur with doctors outside of the child’s usual pediatric office.”
The researchers examined a large, national health plan database that covers more than 4 million children in the United States annually and contracts with a direct-to-consumer telemedicine vendor. Th