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Children experience no long-term advantages with tonsillectomy

February 23, 2017

Although throat infection, utilization and school absences improved in children who received tonsillectomy compared with those who did not, the benefits did not persist longer than the first postsurgical year, according to findings published in Pediatrics.

“Most diagnoses of ‘tonsillitis’ are made without supportive documentation of bacterial testing,” Anna Morad, MD, from the department of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and colleagues wrote. “Heterogeneity in diagnostic accuracy, establishment of severity, and frequency of infections complicates treatment decisions regarding tonsillectomy and the performance of comparative effectiveness of its treatments.”

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BMJ: Trump’s policies risk ‘head-on collision’ with science, health care

February 23, 2017
A commentary recently published in The BMJ expressed the editors’ concerns with President Donald J. Trump’s policies, stating that the new…

CMS awards $100 million to support small practices in Quality Payment Program

February 23, 2017
The CMS is working with 11 local, experienced, community based organizations to provide immediate hands-on training and educational resources about the Quality Payment…

Three-way molecular bond may be key to Zika-induced birth defects

February 23, 2017
Zika virus’ ability to cause birth defects may lie, at least in part, in its prowess bonding with two particular molecules, according to a study. A team at the…
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Researchers explore link between substance abuse and HIV

February 23, 2017
SEATTLE — Several studies presented at CROI 2017 explored the link between substance abuse and HIV, with researchers noting opportunities to aim prevention efforts…
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Operation Immunization 2016: Enhancing HPV Immunization

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

During the last decade, several new vaccines, including the meningococcal conjugate (MCV4), tetanus, diphtheria…
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Small number of ‘superspreaders’ caused most Ebola infections, drove West Africa epidemic

February 22, 2017
Health officials could have prevented most cases of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak by finding and quarantining a tiny…
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