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Despite Dangers of Cervical Cancer, Many Parents Still Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids Against HPV

Doctor giving vaccination into arm

When it comes to HPV, somehow many parents still have it backwards—in reality, the HPV vaccine is safe, but cervical cancer is both dangerous and all too common.

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Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC’s Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?

New York's city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers; calling for its passage, the New York Times editorial page noted that it is “a normal benefit for workers in at least 145 countries.”

New York’s city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers. Research shows it’s an economic no-brainer. But the bill’s been stalled for more than 1,000 days, even as a natural disaster and flu epidemic hit the city.

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One Million Moms for Gun Control: In Illinois, the NRA’s Ambassadors Tried to Silence Us. We Won’t Let Them

At the "Guns and Public Safety" meeting. (screenshot via godzhor/Youtube)

It is clear to me now that if we are to see any meaningful changes to current gun laws then we need follow the NRA’s lead. We need to organize, speak up and show up in full force.

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Potential Major Breakthrough in Early Detection of Gynecological Cancers

(John Hopkins University Hub)

In what could be a major breakthrough, researchers developed a test—similar to the Pap Test—that was able to find ovarian and uterine cancer cells in cervical fluid. Though it is years from the market it has the potential to save thousands of lives.

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STI News: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Rates Rise, STIs in NYC Concentrated in Low Income Zip Codes, and HPV Reactivates

Image: MedicineNet.com.

The CDC surveillance numbers for 2011 show that gonorrhea and chlamydia are up especially among young people and that three-quarters of all syphilis cases are among men who have sex with men; an analysis of STIs in New York City finds they are inextricably linked to poverty, and research suggests dormant HPV may reactivate as women near menopause.


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Babies on Hold: Data Show Women Acting to Make Better Lives for Themselves and Their Families

New CDC birth data out Wednesday confirm that the U.S. birthrate dropped one percent to reach an all-time low in 2011, extending the downward trend begun with the recession in 2008. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.  

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From STD Prevention to Sexual Health, and Back

There is a lot to like about a more positive approach towards sexuality, but a causal link between better sexual health and lower pregnancy and STI rates ultimately requires scientific evidence that goes beyond intuitive reasoning.

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CDC Takes Action on Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

The are over 700,000 cases of gonorrhea in the United States each year, and the bacteria itself has been changing and developing resistance to all but one class of antibiotics. With the likelihood that an antibiotic-resistant strain will be seen here soon, the CDC has released new treatment guidelines and a response a plan.

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No Clapping Matter: Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Is On the Way and We Are Not Prepared

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For years, even those in the public heath community paid little attention to gonorrhea because it was easy to prevent, easy to screen for, and easy to treat—at least it was until now. Gonorrhea is caused by wily bacteria that has become resistant to all-but-one class of antibiotics and we don’t have any others to throw at it. It’s time to take start taking notice.

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No News Is Not Necessarily Good News: 2011 YRBS Reveals Little Change in Teen Sexual Behavior

The CDC’s biennial survey of high school students came out today and once again it found no change in sexual risk behaviors among young people.  This means that after a decade of progress (between 1991 and 2001) nothing has changed in over a decade. Clearly, we could be doing better. 

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