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More from the week: Chlamydia, breast cancer, Hispanics in nursing homes

January 9, 2010 |  8:01 am

They may not have made headlines this past week, but these research developments are worth noting. So consider them noted (if not thoroughly developed in this space).

-- One might think that frequently screening and treating teenage girls for chlamydia would cut back on just how common the disease is in that age group. Not so.

Turns out there are a lot of reinfections. Here's the abstract, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and here's the news release from Indiana University.

-- We can talk about quality-of-care standards, but that doesn't mean doctors will follow them. When it comes to procedures to ensure coordinated cancer care, for example, most breast cancer surgeons might just go their own way.

So suggests a survey of surgeons in Detroit and Los Angeles. Here's the abstract, published in the January issue of Medical Care, and the news release from the University of Michigan Health System.

-- As for nursing home quality, elderly Hispanic people are more likely to live in not-so-good ones, at least as compared to their white counterparts. The findings come as the percentage of Hispanics in nursing homes increases.

Here's the abstract, published in Health Affairs, and the news release from Brown University.

-- Tami Dennis

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