Feb. 10 news: HPV vaccinations and STI’s, Calif. measles parties, Instagram and doctors

Medical News Today – Study finds no link between HPV vaccination and increase in STIs
In a new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a group of researchers investigated sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence among females aged 12-18 using a large insurance database.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is known to prevent certain forms of cancer and genital warts caused by strains of what is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
Around one-quarter of women in the US aged 14-19 and 45% of women aged 20-24 are affected by HPV.
Despite this level of prevalence, vaccination among women in the US is low. A three-dose series of the vaccine is recommended, yet, according to the authors, only 38% of females aged 13-17 received the recommended dosage in 2013. A single dose was received by 57% of females.

Los Angeles Times – ‘Measles parties’ a bad idea, California public health officials warn
California public health officials are warning parents against “measles parties,” saying that intentionally exposing unvaccinated children to a person with measles could put them at grave risk.
“Measles is a serious illness that can have significant consequences,” California state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said in a statement, adding that 30% of people who have been infected in the current outbreak have been hospitalized.
Also, he said, such exposure could contribute to further spread of the California-centered outbreak, which has infected more than 100 people in eight states and Mexico.

The Chicago Tribune – NFL names Nabel as 1st chief medical adviser
The National Football League named Elizabeth Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as its first chief medical and health adviser. Nabel, a cardiologist, said in a statement she would remain at the hospital and as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
“As a lifelong football fan, I look forward to working with the NFL in this advisory capacity to create the safest possible environment for NFL players,” said Nabel, who has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2010. “My first order of business is to review the medical, health and scientific priorities that the NFL currently has in place, as well as assess the medical protocols and ongoing scientific research collaborations.”

WGNO – ‘Instagram for doctors’ lets medics share photos to solve mystery cases
The idea is at the foundation of social media channels: Seen something strange? Post it online. The desire to share the unknown, or complex, is a human urge, and no-one knows this better than doctors.
“I’m a very visual learner. Most doctors are … and we like to talk to each other,” explains third-year medical resident Sheryll Shipes of Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial, in Texas.
Last year Shipes began using Figure1, a photo-sharing app through which healthcare professionals can share photographs and information about their patients for both learning and diagnosis purposes. “It’s now my medical guilty pleasure,” she adds.