HPV vaccination rates higher among boys when mothers receive preventive care, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

PASADENA, Calif. — Boys whose mothers receive flu shots or Pap screenings are more likely to receive the human pappilomavirus vaccine, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and published in the American Journal of Public Health, was based on electronic health records of more than 250,000 boys aged 9 to 17 enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan.

The study found that 4,055 boys, or 1.6% of study participants, received the vaccine between October 2009 and December 2010, and that the vaccination rate was 16% higher in boys whose mothers had received the flu vaccine, and 13% higher in boys whose mother had Pap screenings. Also, boys whose mothers had a history of genital warts were 47% more likely to receive the vaccine, and rates were higher among boys who were Hispanic, lived in low-income and low-education neighborhoods and who were enrolled in Medicaid.

"Our study findings suggest that a mother’s receipt of preventive services may have an impact on their son’s HPV4 vaccination," lead study author and Kaiser Permanente Southern California research Rulin Hechter said, referring to the four-valent vaccine commonly used. These mothers might be more familiar with preventive measures for HPV infection, influencing their decision to have their children vaccinated.

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Jul-22-2013 07:42 am

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Study: Multi-benefit, ‘free from’ claims help fuel facial skin care market

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Skin care products that offer multiple benefits in one bottle are increasingly catching the eye of time-starved and money-crunched shoppers, according to new research by Mintel.

"The facial skincare category is expected to see an uptick in growth thanks to improving economic conditions and emerging segments," stated Shannon Romanowski, beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel. "Consumers are gravitating toward multifunctional products that allow them to get more benefits while saving them both time and money. “Natural” and “free from” claims are important, and the level of consumer demand means that they have almost become expected in this category. Therefore, improved functionality and multiple benefits garner higher levels of consumer interest, suggesting opportunities for eco-friendly brands to tout natural ingredients as a way to support product efficacy."

The study revealed that 42% of consumers seek products with multiple benefits, 37% say they only purchase products from brands they trust and nearly a quarter (24%) are looking for facial skincare products that are "free from" certain ingredients.

When using facial skincare, most consumers are looking for basic functionality like cleansing (64%) and treating dry skin (41%). However, the number of facial product users wanting to improve the texture of skin has increased significantly since 2012. Some 36% of facial skin care users report improving skin texture as a reason for using facial skincare in 2013 as opposed to 21% in 2012.

"The idea of improving skin texture is resonating across all age groups, indicating a growth opportunity for the category. Improving skin texture speaks to women and men alike, as the idea of a more perfect and flawless complexion is broadly appealing," Romanowski added.

Anti-aging skin care is the largest segment in the facial skin care category, holding nearly 40% share of the market. However, after years of growth, the anti-aging segment declined by 2.2% between 2010 and 2012. Facial cleansers and moisturizers collectively account for 41% of category sales and drove virtually all growth in this timeframe. Meanwhile the acne treatment segment saw minimal sales gains between 2010 and 2012. Consumers tend to age out of this segment, generally keeping sales very consistent.


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Kaiser Family Foundation releases animated video explaining how ACA will impact Americans

BY Michael Johnsen

MENLO PARK, Calif. — With major parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act going into effect in 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new animated video to help people understand the healthcare system changes on the horizon. “The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare” explains the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, whether it’s through their employer, Medicaid, Medicare or buying insurance on their own with the help of federal tax credits. 

“The reality is that nearly every American will be touched by the Affordable Care Act in ways small and large, and many will face important decisions this fall,” stated Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman. “This cartoon is meant to demystify a complex law and explain what it means for you, whether you support or oppose Obamacare.”

Written and produced by the Foundation and narrated by former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the animation was developed to inform and educate Americans about what will — and what will not — change under the ACA. 

An April 2013, Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 42% of Americans were unaware that the ACA is still being implemented, and about half of the public said they did not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it would impact their own family. 

The open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces starts Oct. 1. 

A Spanish-language version of the video will be released in the future, Kaiser Family reported.


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R.MURRAY says:
Jul-22-2013 12:37 pm

Must be a liberal company or very naive. This video is over simplified for obvious reasons I reckon. However it does NOT tell the entire story, nor could it I suppose, but the hidden costs are a major problem for large companies, individuals, hospitals, physicians and anyone in the health care arena. This video is good for the less-informed people of this country. Anyone who bothers to read/research the issue knows otherwise. Then again the video could be the companies attempt at a fair analysis. Yall decide reader...