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(From the September 2018 Issue of MedStat)

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Potential Benefits of Routinely Administering HPV Vaccine at Age 9

Administering the human papillomavirus vaccine earlier is not only feasible but appears to provide benefits, a quality improvement (QI) study at Nationwide Children’s shows. QI interventions increased the percentage of patients of patients under age 11 receiving the vaccine to 60.8 percent while the national average for adolescents remains below 50 percent. Earlier administration eliminates the perceived need to discuss sexuality and focuses on cancer prevention. The vaccine, which prevents at least six different cancers caused by HPV infection, also elicits a more robust immune response in younger children.

Learn more in this Pediatrics Nationwide article.  

Racial Disparities in Suicide Rates by Age

Suicides recently made headlines, from celebrity deaths to a report showing the national suicide rate has increased by 30 percent in the last two decades. At the same time, investigators in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at nationwide Children’s released a study in JAMA Pediatrics showing suicide rates for black children aged 5-12 are about twice that for white children the same age. The finding is a surprise and counters the long-held perception that suicide among whites is uniformly higher that among blacks. Studies such as this one reveal vulnerable subgroups and can lead to targeted prevention efforts, says Jeff Bridge, PhD, center director and lead author of the study.

Learn more in this Research Now article.