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HPV has had a well funded PR campaign for almost two decades. For a refresher, it’s the series of viruses tied to warts and cancer (cervical cancer is the main one, but it’s possible it can cause cancer in other parts of the body, like the throat). It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact, and is fairly […]

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The HPV account has been around long enough that we know a lot more about it. For instance, a Scandinavian study has concluded that the HPV vaccine doesn’t cause heart or blood clot problems, and that there was no correlation with an increased risk for other health events. In areas with widespread vaccine use, HPV […]

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HPV Caused Cancers Rising

January 9, 2013

HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is generally known for causing cervical cancer (although different strains can also cause genital warts, plantars warts, and similar).  Cervical cancer, when Pap smears are routinely performed, is pretty easy to catch and treat in most cases. What isn’t tested for is throat, tongue, and tonsil cancer—the first sign of which […]

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STD Rates Rising

December 14, 2012

The CDC is reporting that STD cases are up this year—8% for chlamydia, 4% for gonorrhea. Mostly, young people and homosexual men are affected, but the numbers are up across the board. STD symptoms can often go unnoticed, especially in women. Over years, they can cause scarring, sterility, lead to secondary infections, and potentially spread […]

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Remembering Good Vaccines

November 14, 2012

We may be getting a little vaccine crazy, and many of them may offer only limited protection, but many vaccines are actually invaluable, and wildly successful. Take the polio vaccine: this year, reports show we’re even closer to eradicating it the world over. We have even fewer cases this year than last (down to below […]

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