Researchers found that children, adolescents and adults who received reminder and recall interventions for immunizations had 5% to 20% increased vaccine uptake, compared with those who didn't, with telephone reminders being the most effective intervention type. The findings in the Cochrane Library, based on a systematic review of 75 studies, suggest that patient reminder and recall systems may also improve preventive care efforts, researchers wrote.
Children with commercial health insurance born in 2013 had a 12% higher vaccination rate for seven CDC-recommended immunizations at age 2 years and 3 months old compared with those born in 2010, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association analysis. But researchers also noted a 70% higher prevalence of documented parental vaccine refusals, with North Dakota and New York having the highest rates of vaccination and parental vaccine refusals, respectively, among those born in 2013.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers found that using the new highly potent small molecule inhibitor V-9302 as a pharmacological blockade of the ACST2 gene, which is the main transporter of glutamine into cancer cells, lowered cancer cell growth and increased oxidative damage and cell death in mouse and in vitro models. The findings in Nature Medicine led researchers to recommend validated biomarkers in evaluating the inhibitor, and VUMC is currently testing PET tracers F-18 FSPG and C-11 glutamine for detecting tumors with elevated glutamine metabolism.
Cerveau Technologies and the University of Pittsburgh have reached an agreement for the manufacturing and supply of Cerveau's F-18 MK-6240, an investigational PET tracer for imaging neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, to support future research projects. The deal will help support the university's studies on possible preventive therapies for Alzheimer's disease, said Cerveau President and CEO Rick Hiatt.
By dis-incentivizing itemized deductions for many filers, the new tax law threatens to deny billions of dollars in donations to nonprofits that provide social services, providers and government officials warn. The biggest blow from reduced donations is expected to be felt by nonprofits that work in human services.
A former work release center in Snohomish County, Wash., is being converted to a "diversion center" for homeless people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. The move is welcomed by outreach workers who say lack of immediate help can cause people in need to drift away.
Donations and volunteered staff time have kept Casa Boricua going since September, two months after the state cut off support for the Meriden, Conn., agency and other Hispanic and Latino social service programs. The cuts coincided with expansion of the state's disaster relief centers to accommodate evacuees from Puerto Rico.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act has enabled Mauricio Lopez-Marquez to earn a master's degree in social work and go on to serve as a health center counselor and folk dance instructor. "A lot of my kids know I have DACA. When Trump came out [and abolished the program in September] I told them, 'Look, you know I might not be here next year,'" Lopez-Marquez said, adding that "we're just taking it one day at a time."