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CDC's Shingles Vaccine Recommendation Revisited

After reviewing evidence on the safety and efficacy of the herpes zoster vaccine in adults ages 50-59, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to maintain the current recommendation of routine herpes zoster immunization in adults aged ≥60 years of age.

The Antidepressants Most Commonly Abused, Misused

The increased availability of prescription medications, along with websites selling controlled substances without a prescription, are factors attributed to the increase in antidepressant misuse. Patients most often report abusing antidepressants to achieve a psychostimulant-like effect.

Sunscreen Use Not Popular with Teens

Sunscreen use has decreased among adolescents, and a considerable proportion use indoor tanning devices, according to a newly published Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Appropriate Echocardiography Use with Educational Intervention

An appropriate use criteria (AUC)-based educational intervention can improve the appropriate use of outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).

Different Documentation Needed for Wellness Visits, Physicals for Medicare

Documentation rules for annual wellness visits (AWVs) for Medicare differ from those for preventive visits, which are not covered by Medicare.

Suicide Tourism on the Rise in Switzerland

While most countries restrict the practice of assisted suicide, the laws surrounding its use reside in a gray area in Switzerland. This lack of regulation is why Switzerland (mainly the city of Zurich) has become a popular place for people to come for the purpose of committing suicide.

Instant Noodles and Metabolic Syndrome: Not-So-Tasty for Women

Instant noodles, a staple in the diet of many college students, could increase the risk of metabolic syndrome in women independent of major dietary patterns.

Apple's HealthKit Raises Concerns Among Doctors

The upcoming release of the latest Apple mobile operating system will include HealthKit, an application (app) that allows users to collect and input information on a range of health data, including heart rate, calories burned, blood glucose, and cholesterol. However, some physicians are concerned about the potential for patient harm with this app.

The Obesity-Fertility Link in Men

For men, obesity-related conditions can include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers. A new study published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology now adds possible infertility to the list of problems associated with obesity.

Americans Treated for Ebola Released From Hospital

The two American aid workers that were treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta for the Ebola virus have been discharged and pose no threat to public health.