Despite ongoing meningitis outbreak, vaccinations low among gay men, study shows

Despite a yearlong outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease in Southern California primarily affecting gay and bisexual men, less than 27 percent of men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County have been vaccinated for meningitis.The findings released today by the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center in collaboration with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles Health call for more education about the disease and more places offering immunization throughout Southern California at venues where gay and bisexual men socialize.More than 500 men were interviewed about their knowledge of the meningitis outbreak by UCLA Luskin ’s Ian Holloway, an assistant professor of social welfare, and teams of researchers who  visited venues throughout Los Angeles County. Most of the canvassers were current UCLA students or recent graduates.“Our rapid-response research suggests that coordinated efforts to standardize data collection about sexual practices in conjunction with immunization will enable better tracking of meningitis vaccination among gay and bisexual men,” said Holloway, who is also director of the UCLA Luskin-based Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center.Meningococcal disease is often characterized with sudden onset of high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, stiff neck and confusion, which can lead to rapid septic shock and death if not treated quickly. Vacc...
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Volume 117, Issue 8Author(s): Wan-Ju Yu, Shih-Yen Chen, Chi-Neu Tsai, Hsun-Ching Chao, Man-Shan Kong, Yi-Jung Chang, Cheng-Hsun ChiuBackground/PurposeRotavirus vaccines were launched in Taiwan since early 2006. Our study was aimed to figure out long-term extended molecular epidemiology in acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in hospitalized young children after rotavirus vaccination in Taiwan.MethodsDuring the 10-year period from January 2007 to December 2016, fecal samples from children under 5 years old with AGE hospitalized in Chang Gung Children's...
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CONCLUSIONS: Active promotion and information regarding beneficial role of immunizations among IBD patients and other chronically ill individuals significantly improves the quality of care. It is important to explain misconceptions about vaccines by the most reliable sources. We propose implementing an uniformed "immunization chart" for every chronically ill individual. PMID: 30024696 [PubMed - in process]
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Bayer announced Friday that it will no longer sell a controversial, permanent form of birth control that thousands of women say led to serious complications. Essure, a non-surgical sterilization device that is inserted into the fallopian tubes and prevents pregnancy by producing scar tissue that blocks sperm from fertilizing eggs, will no longer be available in the U.S. after December 31, 2018, Bayer announced in a statement. “This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable,” the statement reads. While Bayer mainta...
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Publication date: Available online 19 July 2018Source: Antiviral ResearchAuthor(s): Eric C. Dunham, Anne Leske, Kyle Shifflett, Ari Watt, Heinz Feldmann, Thomas Hoenen, Allison GrosethAbstractInfection with Junín virus (JUNV) is currently being effectively managed in the endemic region using a combination of targeted vaccination and plasma therapy. However, the long-term sustainability of plasma therapy is unclear and similar resources are not available for other New World arenaviruses. As a result, there has been renewed interest regarding the potential of drug-based therapies. To facilitate work on this issue, we ...
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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.Reuters Health Information
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The HIV pandemic is not on track to end by 2030 and the world must take immediate steps to rejuvenate the HIV response, following through on its HIV-related commitments, according to a report from a  Lancet commission led by the International AIDS Society.
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US health officials are warning people to avoid certain foods due to ongoing unrelated outbreaks of intestinal infections caused by bacteria, viruses and even parasites lurking in some of our food.
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Conclusions: The patient presented with optic neuritis and hypopituitarism, possibly due to irAEs of the anti-PD-L1 antibody treatment. Steroid pulse therapy was effective for optic neuritis, suggesting underlying immunological mechanisms. Neurological complications including optic neuritis should be considered when examining patients with cancer undergoing CPI treatment.Case Rep Ophthalmol 2018;9:348 –356
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New report reveals that fewer than 100 countries have a plan in place to stop overuse of antibiotics
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This review summarises the epidemiology of HIV in relation to mortality, and the symptoms and concerns of people with AIDS and those living with HIV who have either related or unrelated advanced comorbidities. The principles and practice of palliative care are described, and the evidence for its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness is appraised. The review concludes with evidence-based recommendations to improve the delivery of, and access to, high-quality HIV care until the end of life, reducing unnecessary suffering while optimising person-centred outcomes.
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