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Smoking and drinking raise your risk for oral HPV
TIME
Your favorite health vices — smoking and drinking — may pave paths to HPV, two new studies find. A new study published in a research letter in JAMA looked at detailed health profiles from 6,887 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Those people with higher levels of biomarkers for tobacco exposure in their blood and urine also tended to have a higher prevalence of oral HPV type 16.
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Currently enrolling cytology laboratories with image-assisted screening devices!
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ASCT Services, Inc. are looking for cytology laboratories with computer-assisted screening devices to participate in a time measure study to be conducted between November 2014 and June 2015. This is a unique opportunity for cytotechnologists to provide data that will be used by CMS, FDA, and CDC to evaluate current workload maximums for screening using an imaging device.

If you are interested in learning more about participating in this study to measure the amount of time cytotechnologists spend screening Pap test slides using computer-assisted screening devices in the everyday lab environment, please send an email to Timemeasure@asctservices.com.

More detailed information about the study can be found on the ASCT Services, Inc. website at http://asctservices.com/cytology-workload-study/faqs-time-measure-study.

We hope you will consider participating in this exciting opportunity to collect important information about determining workload limits.

This study is supported by a contract (200-2013-57614) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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Few physicians routinely recommend HPV vaccine to boys
Healio
Fewer than 15 percent of physicians routinely recommend HPV vaccination to male patients, according to study results. Permissive guidelines, financial considerations and patient payer status may have influenced physicians' decision-making, researchers wrote.
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Nationality at birth plays a role in US adult vaccination rates
Infection Control Today
Foreign-born residents with low vaccination rates and their relatives in the U.S. are at greater risk of exposure to several vaccine-preventable diseases, e.g. influenza; pneumococcal diseases; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; shingles; and HPV, the human papilloma virus, which can lead to some types of cancer.
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Breast cancer risk in women increases with waistline
By Denise A. Valenti
The measurement was simple for this research: a woman's waistline. A recent study has found that the bigger women get around their waist as they age, the greater was the risk for breast cancer. Researchers examined a group of 92,000 women over age 50 from 2005-10. They found that waist size is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and this was independent of body mass index. An increase in skirt size every 10 years for woman between the ages of 25 and postmenopausal age was associated with a 33 percent increase in postmenopausal risk of breast cancer.
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Ensuring access to sexually transmitted infection care for all
Center for American Progress
At some point in their lives, most sexually active people will be infected with a sexually transmitted infection, or STI. About 20 million new cases of STIs are diagnosed annually. Despite being a common, preventable, and treatable health problem, a lack of information, shame, and stigma tend to characterize the nation's discussions about STIs — even though they represent a severe risk to the public and economic health of the United States.
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Scientists say Ebola's transmission route unlikely to have changed
The Wall Street Journal
Ebola's transmission route hasn't changed. It is usually the result of close and direct physical contact with a patient's infected body fluids, especially blood, feces and vomit. While the virus can also be transmitted indirectly — via contaminated surfaces and objects — that risk is low and it can be lowered further by disinfection procedures. Ebola can survive on dry surfaces, such as doorknobs, for several hours but is easily killed.
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