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Study: Vaccine that targets 9 strains of HPV boosts cancer protection
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to HPV vaccines, more protection is better. A new version of the vaccine that fights nine strains of human papillomavirus offered greater cancer protection for women than the earlier one that targets only four, researchers reported.
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International Academy of Cytology Examination
ASCT
The IAC will offer its Comprehensive Cytotechnology Examination on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the 2015 ASCT Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. You do not have to register or attend the conference to take the exam, but you are invited to do so.

To be eligible to sit for this exam you must have passed the national registry examination and have completed three years of full-time experience in cytotechnology. The training period may be included in this three year period. Please allow four hours to complete the exam, which includes all fields of diagnostic cytology and is given in three parts: multiple choice on photomicrographs, multiple choice on general knowledge and microscopic slide examination.

You must be pre-approved by the IAC to take the exam. The application deadline is March 9, 2015. Applications and/or more information can be obtained by contacting The International Academy of Cytology Office of the Registrar at http://www.cytology-iac.org or by contacting Hector Garcia SCT(ASCP), CMIAC (hgarcia@cpllabs.com), the ASCT contact person for the exam.

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Study: Doctors' assumptions on sex heighten lesbians' cervical cancer risk
Reuters
Lesbians may be at higher risk of cervical cancer because they get fewer screenings than heterosexual women, due partly to doctors' sometimes incorrect assumptions about their sexual history, University of Washington researchers said. Although nearly all cases of cervical cancer are attributable to a human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection, healthcare providers often do not encourage lesbian patients to get regular HPV screenings, the researchers found.
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HPV cancers in men take off
Scientific American
A vaccine to protect against the most dangerous strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause almost all cervical cancers, as well as many cases of other cancers and genital warts in both sexes, won the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nearly nine years ago.
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HPV vaccine linked to less risky behavior
Reuters
Contrary to concerns that getting vaccinated against human papilloma virus will lead young people to have more or riskier sex, a new study in England finds less risky behavior among young women who got the HPV vaccine.
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Failure to vaccinate against measles, HPV has serious consequences
Infection Control Today
While measles and the human papillomavirus are vastly different diseases, failing to get vaccinated against them can have equally serious consequences, suggests Bradley Stoner, Ph.D., a medical anthropologist who studies infectious disease transmission at Washington University in St. Louis.
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American HPV vaccine rates are 'embarassingly low'
Futurity
Only about one-third of Americans who might benefit from the human papillomavirus vaccine get the shot, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While measles and HPV are vastly different diseases, failing to get vaccinated against them can have equally serious consequences, researchers warn.
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NIH director: Opportunities from technology in medical science
By Jessica Taylor
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health director, spoke at SLAS2015 about the exceptional opportunities currently facing the medical science community. Collins began discussing with the group the mission of NIH — to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability — and how each and every person at the conference affected it in some way or another.
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More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
University of Nebraska-Lincoln via ScienceDaily
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts is a predictable result of climate change. Climate change brings humans, crops, wildlife and livestock into contact with new pathogens, which are more likely to jump from one host to another than scientists previously believed.
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