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ACIP confirms recommendation for annual influenza vaccination

February 27, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices supported the recommendation that all people aged 6 months and older be vaccinated annually against influenza; however, the committee will no longer recommend a preference for nasal spray vaccine in healthy children aged 2 to 8 years.

Other data presented to the ACIP on Feb. 26 demonstrated that the 2014-2015 influenza vaccine was not effective against the predominant H3N2 viruses. The mid-point vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimate for inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) was 15% (95% CI, –20 to 40) compared with –23% (95% CI, –90 to 21) for the live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), according to interim data from the U.S. Flu VE Network.

Marily Tavenner

CMS completes first week of ICD-10 end-to-end testing

February 26, 2015
The CMS concluded its first successful end-to-end testing week of the new ICD-10 coding, the agency announced in a blog post. “Testing allows us to identify areas…

Fewer families report trouble paying medical bills

February 26, 2015
The percentage of families with members aged 65 years and under who had trouble paying medical bills has decreased between 2011 and 2014, according to preliminary…
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FDA issues final guidance on medical device data systems

February 25, 2015
The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health finalized the guidance on Medical Device Data Systems and confirmed their intention not to enforce regulations…
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Risk of revision ACL reconstruction higher in adolescent soccer players

February 24, 2015
Participation in soccer and an age between 13 and 19 years was linked with an elevated rate of revision ACL reconstruction, according to recently published study…
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Diagnostic Considerations in Infants and Children with Cyanosis

Pediatric Annals, February 2015, Volume 44 Issue 2
Cyanosis is defined by bluish discoloration of the skin and mucosa. It is a clinical manifestation of desaturation of…
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Adolescent Sexuality

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Addressing adolescent sexuality is often a challenge for most practicing pediatricians. Because we typically are…
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Andrews talks treatment of young athletes with in-season shoulder dislocations

January 20, 2015
KOLOA, Hawaii — At Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2015, James R. Andrews, MD, spoke about the treatment of young…
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