A new study suggests that girls and women may not need all three recommended doses of HPV vaccine to get the necessary protection to prevent cervical cancer.
The human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention and the second leading cause of female cancer mortality worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
There are currently two FDA-approved vaccines to protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers, Gardasil and Cervarix. While each vaccine uses different substances to rev up the immune system, both are given as shots and must be received in three doses over a six-month period, according to the manufacturers.
The cost of the vaccine has been an issue for poorer countries. But even in wealthier countries like the United States, getting girls and young women to come back for all three shots has proven to be quite a hurdle. Only 32% of 13- to 17-year-old girls get all three doses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So researchers wanted to find out if young women can get the same protection with fewer doses of the vaccine. Scientists studied more than 7,000 18-25 year-old women in Costa Rica who were already sexually active and were scheduled to get doses of the vaccine Cervarix or another (non-HPV) vaccine. FULL POST
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Why do some normal-weight guys have breasts?
Gynecomastia - or enlarged breast tissue in men - is caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. All men produce small amounts of estrogen and larger amounts of testosterone (the opposite is true for women). If the amount of estrogen increases or the amount of testosterone decreases, the breast tissue could swell or grow, creating breasts.
With all of the storms brewing and wildfires raging, it's a good time to think about what steps you would take to keep yourself and your family safe in an emergency.
FEMA administrator Craig Fugate spoke at TEDMED 2010 about how the government responds to emergencies and what to think about for your own safety.
TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 took place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.
The Indianapolis Colts will be playing without their star quarterback on Sunday, after Peyton Manning underwent surgery for a neck injury on Thursday. Manning had started every game in his 13-year career.
Colts president Bill Polian told SI.com Thursday afternoon that doctors believe there's a chance Manning, 35, could return to playing football again this year.
Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.
Question asked by Courtney L. from Pittsburgh:
I am obese and have been working on losing weight for three years. I have been working with nutritionists and personal trainers instead of fad dieting. On the Web, I stumbled upon the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet. Is this lifestyle change beneficial despite the promotion of saturated fats and cholesterol?
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