Jul 20 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: July 20

MMWR Reports U.S. May Reach Record Number of Pertussis Cases this Year
The number of pertussis whooping cough cases in the United States may hit a record high this year, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In a call with reporters on Thursday, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that nine infants have died of the disease this year. As of Thursday, almost 18,000 cases had been reported, which is more than twice the number last year at this time, according to Schuchat. Read more about immunization to protect against pertussis.

Stress Can Impact Breast Cancer Metastasis
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have published an article in PLos Biologyshowing that, in mice, stress can impact the metastasis of breast cancer to bone, but treating the mice with a beta blocker drug reduced the number of bone lesions. The authors also say that efforts to reduce stress and depression in patients with cancer may have unappreciated benefits in terms of metastasis prevention. Read more on cancer.

AHRQ Issues New Guide for Use of Interactive Preventive Care Record
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new guide with information for healthcare professionals to follow when using interactive preventive care records as components of electronic health records. The guide has specific sections for heads of practices and informatics and support staff. Read more on health care.

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