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National boys organization hails recent findings about HPV vaccine use
Marketwired via Yahoo News
The Boys Initiative is greatly encouraged by recent findings, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, indicating that the infection rate of the human papilloma virus among teenage females has dropped by half in recent years. Federal officials attribute that decline to more widespread use of a vaccine for teenage females that prevents infection with HPV, which was approved for use in teenage females in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the HPV virus causes about 19,000 cancers in women and about 8,000 in men every year.
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PREVENTION


Is obesity really a disease?
The Atlantic
At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, the organization's delegates voted for the first time to designate obesity a disease. How should the rest of us respond? When we meet obese people, should we cast them a knowing glance of concern and ask how they are doing? Should we send flowers and "get well soon" cards to obese family members and friends? Should the U.S. declare war on obesity, as we once did on cancer?
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The healing effect of sharing 'private' women's health issues
The Huffington Post
It's been fascinating to observe the public conversation about Angelina Jolie's decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy. What began as a headline story about the actress's dramatic surgery has evolved into a serious, educational discussion about women's health. Many women, however, still find it difficult to talk about their personal experiences. We view certain subjects — whether it's health, fertility, money or career — as too intimate to discuss publicly, even with our friends. Yet, when we share our personal stories, we empower one another and promote change.
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HEALTH POLICY


AMA: If ICD-10 is a must, don't penalize us for doing it wrong
EHRIntelligence.com
The American Medical Association's crusade against ICD-10 continues. When the AMA's House of Delegates met recently, it wasn't just to address public health concerns like obesity and gun control: it was to reaffirm its resistance to the way ICD-10 implementation is being planned and enforced. In addition to a two-year grace period for coding errors and forbidding denials, payers would be required to provide constructive feedback on all ICD-10 errors including incorrect diagnoses and unspecified codes.
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Some immigrants excluded from healthcare overhaul
The Associated Press via Time
President Barack Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes that could transform how people live in the U.S.: affordable healthcare for all and a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants illegally in the country. But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for healthcare benefits under the proposed immigration overhaul being debated by Congress, ensuring a huge swath of people will remain uninsured as the centerpiece of the healthcare law launches in 2014.
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RESEARCH


Chlamydia infections may increase cancer risk
LiveScience via Yahoo News
Chlamydia infections can cause DNA damage that may increase the risk of later developing cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, human cells growing in lab dishes that were infected with chlamydia were more likely to have DNA damage compared to cells not infected with chlamydia. What's more, this DNA damage was not always repaired properly by the cell, increasing the chances of genetic mutations.
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Pretests of cervical tumors could inform treatment
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Testing cervical tumors before treatment for vulnerability to chemotherapy predicts whether patients will do well or poorly with standard treatment. The study supports the future possibility of personalized medicine for cervical cancer, which is normally addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach.
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Sanofi reboots research of ovarian cancer in academic collaboration
FierceBiotech
After a series of setbacks in its hunt for ovarian cancer drugs, Sanofi has struck a three-year partnership deal with the Curie Institute in France that brings scientists back to the molecular drawing board to find new drug targets for the disease. The Paris-based drug giant and Curie plan to team up on basic research of ovary tumors. They aim to compare molecular differences between ovarian tumor samples and healthy tissue from the same patients with the hope of identifying targets for future drug development.
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