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LAIV recommendation for 2018-19 flu season reaffirmed by ACIP

Jan
18

Date: January 18th, 2019

The 2018/2019 flu season recommendations released

Members of ACIP also stated new guidelines for use of the anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA; BioThrax0 for post-exposure prophylaxis.

The group also offered additional updates on zoster and pneumococcal vaccines, HPV, mumps, AAFP. This is according to ACIP Pamela Rockwell, D.O, from Ann Arbor, Mich.,

Influenza Vaccine

The ACIP also reaffirmed the vote taken at its last  meeting that was held in the month of February this year to official issue its recommendation that all patients whose ages were 6 months and above without any contradiction should be vaccinated with influenza vaccine during the influenza season of the year 2018-19; and clinicians should play the role of administering any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine, without excluding LAIV ( for patients whose ages fall between 2 to 49 years old and without contradictions), recombinant influenza vaccine and  inactivated influenza vaccine.

Risk of CVD death may be staved off by exercise in midlife

Jan
15

Date: January 15th, 2019

Cardiovascular disease and midlife exercise

The study associates 16% of lower risk of depression with high level of midlife fitness  (HR 0.84, 95% CI 0.74-0.95) and lower risk of death of about 61% from cardiovascular disease  (HR 0.39, 95% CI 0.31-0.48) in adults whose ages were at least 65 years without a diagnosis of depression. This is according to the report issued by Benjamin L. Willis. MD, MPH. from the Cooper Institute, Dallas, and his colleagues in JAMA Psychiatry.

Midlife fitness modifiable

The authors termed Midlife fitness as a risk factor that is modifiable and which has not yet been studied. They also talked about the advantages that follow a diagnosis of depression later in life. Those who took part in the high fitness group and were diagnosed with late-life incident depression vividly demonstrated that there is 56 percent lower risk of death caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD, HR 0.44, 95% CI 0.31-0.64) when compared to those individuals with low fitness levels.

Is there any association between FP scope of practice and burnout?

Jan
11

Date: January 11th, 2019

Link between FP scope of practice and burnout

In has also been noted by the authors of the study entitled ‘Burnout and Scope of Practice in New Family Physicians’ that there are particular protective benefits that are afforded to family physicians who set aside their time to visit their patients at their respective homes and provide obstetrical care to them alongside practicing impatient medicine.

How the study was done

The study involved two researchers led by author Lars Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., research director at the America Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) in Lexington, Ky., and Amanda Weidner, M.P.H., a research scientist at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network in Seattle.

After the study, the team corresponded with AAFP News about the study and its results. They both came in an agreement that their main finding was somewhat unexpected.

A critical look at the whole snacking issue

Jan
10

Date: January 10th, 2019

What research says about snacking?

Researchers find out that consumers continue to consume meals alongside their main meals and some replace meals with snacks. There is a certain limit on the calorie consumption despite the eating frequency of any individual. However, the process of quality eating, snack consumption and eating frequency takes a different approach from different researchers. Some researcher associate eating frequency with a high level of calorie intake and high BMI while as others believe that low eating frequency is a source of unhealthy living and poor nutrition. There is a lot of controversy on the information released by researchers concerning healthy eating and mainly involving eating frequency and snack consumption.

Alzheimer’s disease: A real threat if not checked

Jan
10

Date: January 10th, 2019

MRI evidence indicates changes in brain may occur prior to amyloidal deposition. It develops gradually especially affects ADAD mutant carriers.

Alzheimer disease is fatal and according to researchers, it has no cure. Its predisposition affects the mutant carriers and thus can develop early especially among the children carrying genetic mutation for the disease. According to research by Quiroz in the department of psychiatry in Massachusetts general hospital, suggest that ADAD mutant carriers can develop as early as possible among the children with a high certainty unlike the non-carriers who have no brain abnormalities.

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