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Japan withdraws HPV vaccine recommendation for girls
Medscape (Free login required)
The Japanese government withdrew its recommendation to use human papillomavirus vaccines in girls, citing concerns from the public about adverse effects, according to news reports. The announcement is in stark contrast to the pronouncement by health officials in the United States that vaccination rates in teenage girls should be increased after a study concluded that estimated vaccine effectiveness is "high."
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PREVENTION


Cancer patients adopting new recovery strategy: Exercise
Minneapolis Star Tribune via Sioux City Journal
Her face flushed, Rosemary Lamont sat on the gym floor one recent afternoon, listening to her trainer's impassioned commands. "Sit up tall and lift that leg," the trainer coached, counting down the remaining seconds. "Five, four, three, two, one. Beautiful!" Lamont smiled, exhaling loudly. The 69-year-old woman is among legions of cancer patients adopting a new recovery strategy: They're abandoning their beds and hitting the gym. A growing body of evidence supports the idea that sweating is better than resting after cancer. The workouts both restore energy drained from cancer treatments and, in some cases, help prevent the disease's return.
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Jennifer Aniston: The stunning new face of cancer campaign
Yahoo News
The face of fighting cancer has never looked so good! Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have selected Jennifer Aniston as their new spokesperson for their 2013 Key to the Cure campaign. The 15th annual campaign will raise funds for EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund through the sale of a limited-edition Emilio Pucci T-shirt and a four-day charity shopping weekend.
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TREATMENT


No more chemo: Docs say it's not so far-fetched
Time via CNN
There's a revolution occurring in cancer treatment, and it could mean the end of chemotherapy. When it comes to taming tumors, the strategy has always been fairly straightforward. Remove the offending and abnormal growth by any means, in the most effective way possible. And the standard treatments used today reflect this single-minded approach— surgery physically cuts out malignant lesions; chemotherapy agents dissolve them from within; and radiation seeks and destroys abnormally dividing cells.
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HEALTH POLICY


The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation
Government Health IT
Recently the Medical Group Management Association released a study of ICD-10 preparedness among medical practices and presented the results to the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. The survey found a lack of preparedness echoed in other recent surveys. But it also asked about diagnosing "unspecified" in ICD-9. Specifically, it asked, "In your current billing environment, approximately how often do you select 'unspecified' as the ICD-9 diagnosis code?"
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ONC to Congress: EHR adoption, meaningful use rising steadily
EHRIntelligence.com
In its latest official report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator praises the nation's progress in health IT adoption, including EHR implementation and participation in the EHR Incentive Programs. Physician EHR adoption has increased from one in five in 2009 to more than 40 percent in 2012, due largely to meaningful use requirements and the availability of better technology.
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What's next now that the AMA has declared obesity a disease?
American Medical News
Within a day of the American Medical Association declaring it a disease, obesity also captured attention on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House to lower health care costs and prevent chronic diseases by addressing the nation's obesity epidemic. Although the timing was coincidental, observers say the declaration by the AMA House of Delegates meeting in June probably will have a significant impact in adding momentum to policy, research and treatment approaches to obesity — including a new dimension in exam room conversations between doctors and patients.
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RESEARCH


Increased exposure may be cause of rising HPV-cancer rate
Healio
Comprehensive data from the CDC, National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries continue to show a decline in both incidence and mortality rates for most cancers in the United States. There are three notable exceptions: oropharyngeal, anal and vulvar cancers related to HPV. The most dramatic increase is among cancers of the oropharynx, the region of the throat that includes the tonsils, uvula and the base of the tongue.
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How the body aids and abets the spread of cancer
Medical Xpress
The very system that is meant to protect the body from invasion may be a traitor. These new findings of a study, led by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, reveal that infection-fighting white blood cells play a role in activating cancer cells and facilitating their spread to secondary tumors. This research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has significant implications for both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
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