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Failure to offer HPV vaccine leaves high-risk groups vulnerable
Fierce Vaccines
Concerns about cost and promiscuity have led to many countries struggling to increase uptake of GlaxoSmithKline's and Merck's human papillomavirus vaccines. England fits into this category, but survey data suggests it has a more fundamental problem: High-risk groups are less likely to be offered the vaccine.
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The end of the Pap test? FDA to decide
WebMD
Is the Pap test going the way of car phones and Walkmans? Pap tests are used to find early signs of cervical cancer. But over the past several years, studies from a number of countries have found that HPV tests are better than the Pap test at finding cervical cancer. While HPV tests have been on the market for more than a decade, they are approved only for use along with the Pap test.
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App launched in UK to encourage cervical cancer screening
The Irish Independent
A new app has been launched to try and encourage women to take up cervical screening. The Put Yourself in the Picture app, created by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, sees woman pledge to attend a smear test. Women who take part can upload a selfie to a digital picture frame before sharing it with friends and family on social media sites.
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Bioprinting of body parts inching closer to reality
By Donna Balancia
New 3-D printing technology is giving hope to medical patients who need to replace and repair body parts and organs. Creating organs through the use of a patient's own cells in many cases, this 3-D printing technology — known as "bioprinting" — is a promising new industry in the scientific community. The 3-D printing industry has been around for almost 20 years, but is coming to light now as many scientific companies compete for lucrative grants and awards to be among the first to replicate a human organ, such as a liver, scientists say.
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Scientists create stem cells from a drop of blood from a finger prick
Nanowerk
Scientists at A*Star's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells from a single drop of finger-pricked blood. The method also enables donors to collect their own blood samples, which they can then send to a laboratory for further processing.
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CDC: Rare female-to-female HIV transmission
CNN
A Texas woman apparently contracted HIV through sexual contact with another woman, the Centers for Disease Control reported, a rare female-to-female transmission of the virus. Testing confirmed the 46-year-old woman with newly diagnosed HIV "had a virus virtually identical to that of her female partner, who was diagnosed previously with HIV and who had stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010," according to the CDC's Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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Fat mass in cells expands with disuse
Laboratory Equipment
To understand how obesity develops, researchers in Tel Aviv University's Department of Biomedical Engineering used state-of-the-art technology to analyze the accumulation of fat in the body at the cellular level. According to their findings, nutrition is not the only factor driving obesity. The mechanics of "cellular expansion" plays a primary role in fat production, they discovered.
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Colon cancer rates drop sharply due to screenings
USA Today
Colon cancer rates have fallen by 30 percent over the past decade in people over age 50, and colonoscopies are getting much of the credit, according to a report released recently. The number of Americans ages 50 to 64 who have had a colonoscopy has nearly tripled, growing from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010.
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