September 17, 2010

Not for Infants

1 US Government Urges Flu Shots for All

In a departure from previous recommendations, the US government is urging everyone over the age of six months to receive a flu vaccine. This year’s vaccine protects not only against H1N1 but also against two other strains of influenza. Previously, the recommendations focused on vaccinating people in high-risk groups, such as medical workers, or those in contact with high-risk people. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a panel set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued the recommendation. They cited last year’s H1N1 outbreak, which affected people not usually in high-risk groups, as part of the reason for the new guidelines. The vaccination will soon be available at doctors' offices and local pharmacies.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mandatory Flu Shots for All Medical Workers?

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flu, Flu Vaccine, H1N1, Influenza, Flu Shots, Mandatory Flu Shots, Universal Flu Shots, The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

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Income Matters

2 Girls Without Dad at Home Hit Puberty Earlier

Girls lacking a biological father living in the home are at risk for hitting puberty at an earlier age, say researchers from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. Researchers learned that a biologically related father's absence in the home was predictive of earlier breast and pubic hair development for girls in higher income households (annual incomes of at least $50,000). The findings don't apply to girls in households with other income levels. Even after weight was accounted for as a factor, the findings on early puberty still held. Findings are published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Early Puberty

Tags: Early Puberty, Early Sexual Development, Berkeley's School of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Father's Absence in the Home

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HIV Unlikely to Be Harmless Soon

3 SIV Older Than Previously Thought

A new study comparing four different strains of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) from an island that split off from Africa over 10,000 years ago determined it is about 32,000 to 75,000 years old. This challenges previous data that suggests it's only a few hundred years old. A computer model allowed researchers to look at the rate of DNA mutation. They believe that the virus may be older. By understanding how long it took for SIV to become non-lethal they could predict how long it will take for HIV to do the same. Based on their findings, researchers from Tulane released a statement saying, "If it took thousands of years for SIV to evolve into a primarily non-lethal state, it would likely take a very long time for HIV to naturally follow the same trajectory.”

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Two Drugs That Might Fight HIV

Tags: HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, SIV, Rate of Mutation of SIV

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