Health Officials Report Pain, Fainting Among Girls Receiving Merck’s HPV Vaccine Gardasil

U.S. health officials in recent months have received reports of pain and fainting among teenage girls who receive Merck’s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports (Stobbe, AP/International Herald Tribune, 1/3). Gardasil in clinical trials has been shown to be 100% effective in preventing infection with HPV strains 16 and 18, which together […]

National Cervical Cancer Coalition Stresses Importance Of Screening And Prevention During January Cervical Health Awareness Month

pproximately 10,000 American women will learn they have cervical cancer/HPV this year, and nearly 4,000 will die from an advanced form of the disease. This January, during Cervical Health Awareness Month, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is focused on educating women about the importance of the Pap test as a screening tool for cervical […]

Screening Is Key To Cervical Cancer Prevention

Natasha Spradley, a young mother of three, always thought she was healthy. For years, she assumed there was no reason for routine gynecological checkups. That was before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. January is National Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Month, and Dr. Tri Dinh, a gynecologic oncologist at The Methodist Hospital, urges women to […]

Grassley Seeks Probe On Antipsychotic Use In Nursing Homes

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter on Tuesday asked HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson to examine the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes, the possibility of payments to physicians who prescribe the medications and the drugs’ cost to Medicare and Medicaid, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to a Journal article published on Tuesday, […]

Drinking And Smoking Don’t Boost HPV-related Cancer Risk

Heavy smoking and drinking are known to cause head and neck cancer. Infection with human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), a common strain of the sexually-transmitted HPV virus, is another known risk factor for head and neck cancer, which affects about 500,000 people each year worldwide. New Brown University research, however, shows that alcohol and tobacco […]

No Ovarian Cancer Risk From Our Coffee, UK

New research does not show a link between drinking coffee and ovarian cancer, according to a study published in this month’s British Journal of Cancer. With funding from World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), the researchers from Maastricht University in The Netherlands looked at the tea and coffee drinking habits of 62,573 post-menopausal women. Of these, […]