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HPV vaccine is credited in fall of teenagers' infection rate
The New York Times
The prevalence of dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and a principal cause of cervical cancer — has dropped by half among teenage girls in recent years, a striking measure of success for a vaccine against the virus that was introduced only in 2006, federal health officials said recently. The sharp decline in the infection rate comes at a time of deepening worry among doctors and public health officials about the limited use of the HPV vaccine in the United States.
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American Society for Cytotechnology
July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is also one of seven months containing 31 days. July was named after Julius Caesar, as it was his birth month. Prior to that July was called Quintilis, meaning the fifth month, which was its placement in the original Roman 10-month calendar. The 12-month calendar was created in 700 BC. In addition to the U.S., 13 other countries celebrate Independence Day during July.

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St. Louis Society of Cytology announces annual meeting Oct. 5
St. Louis Society of Cytology
The St. Louis Society of Cytology in association with St. Anthony's Medical Center is pleased to announce the Annual Meeting to be held at the Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 5. This meeting is accredited for 4 AMA PRA category 1 credits (sponsored by St. Anthony's Medical Center) for physicians and 4 CMLE credits through ASCP for technologists.
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Blood test for oral cancers caused by HPV may be on horizon
CBS News
Recent reports suggest HPV-driven cancers of the throat, tonsils and base of the throat — called oropharyngeal cancer — are on the rise, and doctors point out people who are now getting diagnosed with the cancer likely had gotten HPV more than a decade earlier. Now, government researchers have found what they are calling a promising biomarker, or cellular signal of a disease or condition, that may predict who will develop this cancer more than 10 years before diagnosis.
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Genetic process that promotes cervical cancer warns about anti-viral therapies in certain cases
Oregon State University via The Medical News
A new understanding of the genetic process that can lead to cervical cancer may help improve diagnosis of potentially dangerous lesions for some women, and also raises a warning flag about the use of anti-viral therapies in certain cases — suggesting they could actually trigger the cancer they are trying to cure.
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Myriad gene patent ruling triggers race for cancer tests
Bloomberg
Companies and a university are moving to offer cheaper and broader genetic testing for breast cancer risk to a growing group of women, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ended Myriad Genetics Inc.'s monopoly over DNA that vastly raises odds for the disease. Within hours of the decision, the University of Washington and Ambry Genetics, a closely held company in Aliso Viejo, Calif., said they would immediately offer expanded testing that included the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which Myriad has had under patent since the late 1990s.
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Failure to pay for new molecular CPT codes creates money crisis for clinical laboratories and pathology groups
Dark Daily
Non-payment for most new molecular diagnostic test CPT codes continues to be a problem for the majority of medical laboratories across the country. A lack of payment for these claims, have forced some clinical laboratories and pathology groups to stop doing molecular testing and lay off staff. At least one lab company shut its doors, blaming non-payment by its Medicare contractor as the primary reason.
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The future of cell reprogramming: Some experts weigh in
Forbes
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from a recent stem cell conference in Boston is the variety of approaches scientists now have at their disposal to study disease and tissue development, and to test drugs. It's all through reprogramming, turning one type of the human body's cells ... into any other cell type.
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FDA warns of cyber threats to medical devices
WNYW-TV
The FDA is recommending beefed up security on medical devices to reduce the risk that devices are compromised via a cyber threat. Among the issues raised in a Department of Homeland Security warning was that a security researcher demonstrated how an outside actor can shut off or alter the settings of an insulin pump without the user's knowledge.
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Noted pathologist sees opportunity for pathology profession to be leader in diagnostics during era of genomics
Dark Daily
Pathologists, embrace molecular testing or become irrelevant. In essence, that's the message from pathology maven George D. Lundberg, M.D. A board-certified pathologist himself, Lundberg served 17 years as Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He continues to write and blog for a variety of healthcare publications and websites.
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