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July 28, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


July 28, 2014

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  • 5 reasons HIV is on the rise among young gay and bisexual men
    A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found annual diagnoses of HIV among men ages 13-24 who have sex with men rose by 132.5 percent between 2001 and 2011 — a much higher increase than the trend among older gay and bisexual men, and quite stark from the one-third drop in diagnoses among the general population. Previous CDC studies also found a 22 percent increase in new HIV infections among these men between 2008 and 2010, and youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for more than one in four new HIV infections in the US in 2010.
    July 27, 2014

  • CDC Report: Trends in Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States, 2002-2011
    Anna Satcher Johnson, MPH1; H. Irene Hall, PhD1; Xiaohong Hu, MS1; Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH1; David R. Holtgrave, PhD2; Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH3

  • Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds
    HPV is the main culprit, but vaccination can reduce the risk, experts say.
    Although cervical cancers are declining in the United States and Canada, other cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) are increasing, a new study indicates. HPV-related cancers of the anus and the base of the tongue and tonsils have increased over the past 35 years, especially among men and women younger than 45, the Canadian researchers report.
    July 25, 2014

  • Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study
    As natural bacterial 'diversity' lessened, HIV viral load increased in infected men, researchers say
    Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men. U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen -- the "microbiome" -- play a role in local inflammation and in the production of HIV by infected men. They say the findings point to possible targets for reducing transmission of the AIDS-causing virus.
    Medline Plus
    July 24, 2014

  • Safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancer continues to be underutilized
    Latest vaccination coverage estimates for adolescents show only small increase for HPV vaccine
    CDC officials announced today that the number of girls and boys aged 13-17 years receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains unacceptably low despite a slight increase in vaccination coverage since 2012, according to data from CDC's 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) published in this week′sMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    July 24, 2014

  • Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC
    Pediatrician says many physicians won't accept the publicly funded insurance plan
    Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds. And kids with Medicaid were more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to the 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Medline Plus
    July 24, 2014

  • HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
    For people infected with both viruses, early treatment is critical, researchers report
    For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.
    Researchers said doctors could use their findings to improve treatment strategies for people with the two diseases.
    Medline Plus
    July 23, 2014

  • Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
    Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet, researchers warn
    A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds.The percentage of teens who admit to using hGH jumped to 11 percent in 2013 -- more than double the 5 percent figure in 2012, the new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids revealed.
    Medline Plus
    July 23, 2014

  • Adolescent deaths from AIDS rising, especially among boys
    While new HIV infections have declined among children, adolescents and adults since 2000, HIV-related deaths have risen sharply among adolescents, especially 15- to 19-year-old males, Tyler Porth of UNICEF told delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne on Monday. Analysis of UNAIDS 2012 HIV and AIDS Spectrum estimates showed a 32% decrease in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2012 among non-adolescents (aged 0-9 and aged 20 and above) compared to a 50% increase among adolescents (aged 10-19).
    July 22, 2014

  • Obama to Report Widening of Initiative for Black and Latino Boys
    My Brother’s Keeper Program Grows to Include More Impoverished Minorities
    President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.
    New York Times
    July 20, 2014