FDA approved a flu vaccine made with animal cells rather than fertilized chicken eggs; pediatricians urge for teen access to emergency contraception; and study shows inflatable bounce houses responsible for many children’s injuries. Read these and more public health news stories for Nov. 26, 2012.
U.S. News and World Report – Injuries skyrocket from inflatable bounce houses: Study
Inflatable bounce houses and moonwalks are springboards for childhood fun, but they’re also the source of an alarming number of children’s injuries, a new report warns.
On average, 31 children a day are transported to U.S. emergency departments for treatment of bounce-house injuries, including fractured bones and muscle damage, the study found.
FDA – FDA approves first seasonal influenza vaccine manufactured using cell culture technology
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the approval of Flucelvax, the first seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States produced using cultured animal cells, instead of fertilized chicken eggs. Flucelvax is approved to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 18 years and older.
The manufacturing process for Flucelvax is similar to the egg-based production method, but a significant difference is that the virus strains included in the vaccine are grown in animal cells of mammalian origin instead of in eggs. Cell culture technology has already been in use for several decades to produce other U.S. licensed vaccines.
U.S. News and World Report – Give teens access to emergency contraception, pediatricians say
Doctors should let their teenage patients know about emergency contraception, such as Plan B, and write them a prescription for it if they are sexually active, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The new guideline is an update to the 2005 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest organization of pediatric doctors in the United States.
Sacramento Bee – Active video games don’t increase overall daily physical activity levels
Active video games – also known as “exergames” – are often presented as a possible solution to getting kids to move more; however, following a rigorous scientific review, Active Healthy Kids Canada – and its strategic partners the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO) and ParticipACTION – advises against them as a strategy to help kids be more physically active. So, this holiday season, you might want to think twice about buying an active gaming system for the purpose of helping your child exercise.
Forbes – Obamacare’s accountable care approach reaches 1 in 10 in U.S.
A rapidly emerging health care delivery system that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and rein in costs is serving “roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population,”according to a new report.
The new analysis from consulting firm Oliver Wyman released Monday says the growth of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, has reached up to 25 million to 31 million patients, growing beyond the 2.4 million patients in the government’s voluntarily program for seniors covered by the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly to patients in private and employer-sponsored health plans.