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A bed of mouse cells helps human cells thrive in the lab
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A drug that is used worldwide to treat malaria is now being tested as a treatment for cervical cancer. This surprising idea is the result of a new laboratory technique that could have far-reaching uses. This story starts with Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University Medical Center. He's best known for inventing the Gardasil vaccine to protect women from cervical cancer.
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Screening HPV infection alone more accurate than Pap test in detection of cervical cancer
Medical Xpress
Screening for human papillomavirus infection alone gives more accurate results than Pap (smear) testing for cervical cancer, say the authors of two papers to published today in the journal Gynecologic Oncology. HPV infection causes almost all cervical cancer, and it is estimated that more than half of sexually active people are infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Now new research has shown that in many cases, an HPV test alone can be used for cervical cancer screening instead of a Pap or co-testing with both an HPV and a Pap test, the researchers say.
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Gardasil HPV vaccine not linked to multiple sclerosis or related diseases
Forbes
The human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil is not linked to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis or any other similar central nervous system conditions, according to a study published in JAMA. Multiple sclerosis is a type of central demyelinating disease, a condition in which the protective cover around nerves, called myelin, breaks down, preventing electrical impulses from traveling fast and efficiently across nerve cells. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer and contributes to a proportion of penile, anal and head and neck cancers.
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Nerve-sparing surgery for cervical cancer may protect sex life
HealthDay via HCPLive
Nerve-sparing laparoscopic radical hysterectomy (LRH) impairs sexual function less than conventional LRH in cervical cancer patients, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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Study: Oral HPV infection lasts longer in older men
HealthDay via Philly.com
One type of oral HPV (human papillomavirus) infection, HPV16, seems to last a year or longer in men over the age of 45 than it does in younger men, new research indicates. HPV16 is the form of HPV often associated with the onset of head and neck cancers (oropharyngeal), the study team noted.
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What providers can learn from infectious disease outbreaks
Fierce Healthcare
With the Ebola crisis far from over as a new year begins, both this current threat to global health as well as past infectious disease outbreaks carry important lessons for critical care providers, according to an article in the American Journal of Critical Care. Because new pathogens are so unpredictable, "outbreaks reinforce the importance of critical care knowledge, skill and teamwork in uncertain situations," wrote Cindy L. Munro, R.N., Ph.D., and Richard H. Savel, M.D, both editors of the AJCC.
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This contraceptive is linked to a higher risk of HIV
TIME
When it comes to the double duty of preventing both pregnancy and HIV, condoms are the best option, especially in the developing world where treatment for the infectious disease is harder to access. But the same isn't true of other contraceptive methods, according to the latest study in Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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Changing how PCPs treat symptoms during outpatient visits
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. An estimated 20 percent of American adults report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more. Most pain sufferers have seen their primary care physician for help. In fact, common symptoms such as pain or fatigue account for more than half of all doctor's office appointments in the United States — 400 million visits annually.
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