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CDC panel recommends boys get HPV vaccine

by nickj on October 26, 2011

Mandating that young girls be given the HPV vaccination has certainly been a controversial topic in recent months, but now a panel is recommending that boys be given the vaccine as well. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that doing so can protect against both anal […]

The National Defense Science board is set to meet Friday to discuss the possibility of testing an anthrax vaccine on children to protect them in the event of a biological attack. The meeting comes after a group of federal advisers suggested the inoculations in September, raising concerns from many who called the proposal unnecessary and […]

A study refutes the commonly-held myth that cell phone usage may be tied to brain cancer. A team of researchers found that the instances of brain tumors in more than 350,000 Danish mobile phone users was no higher than that of the general population, Bloomberg reports. The team used readily-available records of people aged 30 […]

Contaminated cantaloupes are being blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people across the United States, making it one of the deadliest food outbreaks in more than 10 years. The deaths are related to a listeria illness that experts believe originated from a group of the popular melons from Colorado, The Associated Press reports. […]

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Coffee may lower depression risk in women

by nickj on September 27, 2011

Many people drink coffee for a morning boost, but the daily routine may be more beneficial than once thought. A new study has found that women who drink three cups of coffee a day exhibited a 15 percent lower prevalence of depression, while those who drank four cups enjoyed a 20 percent lower risk, The […]

The first global study on breast cancer has revealed its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate. The research, which was funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, highlights the need for a greater emphasis on […]

India is investigating its blood transfusion procedures after at least 23 children with a rare genetic disorder tested positive for HIV. The patients received the transfusions at government-run hospitals between January and August, the Associated Press reports. All of the 23 children suffer from the genetic disease thalassemia, which causes anemia. Reports show that 103 […]

Although the negative consequences of smoking are well-known when it comes to health, a new study shows that the practice can also take its toll on one's social standing. According to USA Today, a recent survey found that one in four people lose respect for a person if they smoke – more than a 10 […]

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U.S. newborn death rate surprisingly high

by nickj on August 31, 2011

Results of a new study reveal some shocking information about infant mortality in the United Sates. Published in the journal PLoS Medicine, the research indicates the newborn death rate in the U.S. is higher than 40 other countries including Cuba, Malaysia and Poland. The biggest reason for the surprising statistics is that the United States […]