Category Archives: Sexual Health
A new study in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases finds that current flu vaccines can provide moderate protection against the flu, but not for everyone and protection is inconsistent across flu seasons. Study authors conclude that new, better vaccines are needed. Read more flu stories.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that workplace injuries fell from 3.6 per 100 full time workers in 2009 to 3.5 per 100 full time workers last year. Rates are still high, though. Over three million injuries were reported last year. Read more on safety and injury prevention.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel on immunizations has recommended that boys age 11 and 12 receive the Human Papalloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to protect them against certain HPV-related conditions and cancer, as well as to help provide indirect protection against the virus for women. Get more news on sexual health.
A new survey from healthcare market research company Manhattan Research found that 56 million U.S. consumers have accessed their medical information on an electronic health record (EHR) system maintained by their physician. However, 140 million consumers report that they have not used an EHR system and are not interested in doing so. The audience not interested in doing so is older, less educated, and significantly less likely to use the Internet, lending credence to the continued problem of the “digital divide.” The survey included 8,745 U.S. adults, who were surveyed online and on the phone. Read more on health information technology.
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that more than a decade after being diagnosed, more than one-third of cancer survivors reported persistent or worsening symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms included being agitated or anxious, having disturbing thoughts about the cancer and its treatment, or feeling emotionally numb toward friends and family. The study is based on a survey of 566 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read more on mental health and cancer.
More teen males aged 15-19 years are using a condom the first time they have sex, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the latest data collection, 8 in 10 teen males used a condom the first time they had sex, an increase of 9 percentage points from 2002. Despite long term improvements in pregnancy risk behaviors among teens, differences still exist among Hispanic origin and race groups. Hispanic males have the highest percentages using no contraceptive method the last time they had sex. Find more news on sexual health.
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that vaccination rates among teenagers for human papillomavirus (HPV) are lower than the rates for two other vaccines recommended for teens and preteens--Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and a vaccine which protects against meningococcal meningitis.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be awarding grants to states totaling up to $137 million to strengthen the public health infrastructure and provide jobs in core areas of public health including tobacco cessation services, public health laboratory and immunization services, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a recommendation to its members to prescribe antibiotics for the male partners of their female patients diagnosed with Chlamydia or gonorrhea to reduce the high reinfection rate.