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Katie Couric draws controversy over HPV vaccine episode
The Medical Daily
An episode on Katie Couric's daytime talk show, Katie, which questioned whether teens and pre-teens should receive vaccination for the human papillomavirus, drew criticism before it even aired. Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, wrote a post on PLOS Blogs accusing the show of siding with anti-vaccination theorists in the days leading up to the actual episode.
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Belly fat could prevent cancer-killing cells doing their job
Health Research Board via HealthCanal
Carrying excess fat on the waistline could prevent cancer-killing cells from doing their job, according to a new Health Research Board-funded study. This fat can become inflamed in obesity and it has been linked with increased risk of several cancers.
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Rare cancer treatments, cleared by FDA but not subject to scrutiny
The New York Times
When federal regulators permitted the sale of an unproved device that uses intense heat to combat cancer, they did so for a compelling reason, to give hope to some women desperately ill with cervical cancer. Over the next two years, however, the few hospitals that purchased the $500,000 device did not take part in a study of patients that the manufacturer agreed to perform as a part of the machine's approval.
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Study: Sexually active gay teens at high risk for HPV
Reuters via Aljazeera America
Gay teenagers who've had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus, a recent study published online in the The Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests. One-third of men participating in the study tested positive for high-risk forms of the sexually transmitted virus and 11 percent tested positive for two or more forms.
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HPV vaccine program expanded to boys in Alberta
CBC News
Alberta is rolling out an HPV school vaccination program for boys. The immunization will now include boys in Grade 5 as part of the routine immunization program that began for girls in 2008. A four-year catch-up program will also be available for boys in Grade 9.
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Utah health official bans Gardasil
The Salt Lake Tribune
Citing low demand, high costs — and questioning the benefits, Utah's Southwest Public Department of Health does not stock or recommend Gardasil, the vaccine against HPV, the cancer-causing human papilloma virus. The decision to exclude the vaccine from its public health clinics in Beaver, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Washington counties was made years ago, not by the area's Board of Health, but by the agency's director, physician David Blodgett.
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Study: Certain diabetes drugs reduce cancer risk in women
Los Angeles TImes
A class of oral diabetes medications that has drawn controversy in recent years reduces the risk of cancer in women taking it by almost a third, says a large new study conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. In preventing cancer, the researchers found that insulin sensitizers, including the drugs metformin, rosiglitazone and pioglitazone were more powerful than insulin secretagogues such as glyburide, glipizide and glimepiride.
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Implantable medical laboratory-on-a-chip monitors key chemicals
Dark Daily
French researchers are zeroing in on a tiny, chip-based medical laboratory test device designed to be implanted under the skin. This miniature blood laboratory may revolutionize healthcare by continuously monitoring high-risk, chronically ill patients. The implantable lab-testing device is linked to the user's cellphone and can send alerts to doctors before symptoms are evident.
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HIV virus returns after hope for cure rose
The Boston Globe
Boston researchers are reporting the return of the HIV virus in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants, dashing hopes of a possible cure that had generated widespread excitement. The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places in the body where it's hard to find, said the lead scientist, Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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Old drug may teach new tricks in treating infectious diseases, cancer
Bay Area Citizen
Meclizine, an over-the-counter drug used for decades to treat nausea and motion sickness, has the potential for new uses to treat certain infectious diseases and some forms of cancer, according to Dr. Vishal M. Gohil, Texas A&M AgriLife Research biochemist. The research on meclizine appears in the online version of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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