Multilevel interventions improve HPV vaccination rates of series initiation and completion

New research from Boston Medical Center shows that providing education and training to pediatric and family medicine providers about the importance of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, in tandem with healthcare systems changes including starting an HPV vaccination series before the age of 11, improves the overall rate of HPV vaccinations […]

Australian-first model to improve maternal and childhood vaccination rates

An Australian-first antenatal vaccine communication model for midwives showed promise for increasing uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines, according to a pilot study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Vaccine, found the intervention was feasible, acceptable and improved midwives’ vaccine discussions with expectant […]

Designing animal studies to improve research reproducibility and reduce animal use

Animal experiments are typically conducted under highly standardized laboratory conditions. While standardization is meant to improve reproducibility of scientific results, in reality reproducibility is surprisingly low. To produce more robust results, experts from different fields of research now recommend introducing biological variation into the design of animal experiments. “The ability […]

A new tool to predict delays in post-surgical radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

More than 65,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with head and neck cancer, which most often occurs inside the mouth and throat. For patients who undergo surgery to treat this cancer, guidelines recommend that prompt initiation of radiotherapy—within six weeks—is critical for best outcomes. Unfortunately, delays in initiating post-operative radiotherapy (PORT) […]