Trending News Today: Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines May Miss African Americans At Risk

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A new study suggests that current lung cancer screening guidelines may lead to more missed cancer diagnoses in African American smokers, Reuters reported. According to the article, the study included 84,422 adults, of whom approximately 48,000 were current or former smokers: 32,463 of them African American and 15,901 white. Overall, the researchers concluded that many African Americans diagnosed with lung cancer would not have been eligible for early screening because they didn’t have a high enough number of cigarettes or years of smoking in their history, the article reported.

On Thursday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to recommend that children and adolescents who have not previously received a hepatitis A vaccine be vaccinated at any age from 2 through 18, CNN reported. According to the article, the committee also voted unanimously to recommend individuals ages 1 or older with HIV to be vaccinated. Previously, the hepatitis A vaccination was recommended for children ages 12 to 23 months, the article reported.

A recent study found that keeping or becoming physically active during middle or older ages can lower an individual’s risk of death, regardless of health conditions, MD Magazine reported. According to the article, the researchers looked at 14,599 participants between the ages of 40 and 79 to assess physical activity and conducted a 2016 follow-up for mortality. Overall, a total of 3148 deaths were observed in the study population, and the researchers concluded that long-term increases in physical activity energy expenditure were inversely associated with mortality, the article reported.