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Cancer-preventing HPV Vaccine, Warding off Infections

A dozen years after the debut of the HPV vaccine, its track record of warding off infections that cause cervical cancer and other malignancies keep getting better. That's why the US Food and Drug Administration in October expanded the age range for Merck's Gardasil. Previously approved for adolescents and those up to age 26, the shots can be given to men and women up to age 45, bringing the United States in line with markets including Europe and Canada.

Precision Surveillance For Colon Cancer Screening

The interval at which an individual undergoes a repeat colonoscopy because of previous pre-cancerous polyps, a practice known as surveillance should be tailored to the individual and not simply be determined by the results of prior colonoscopies, according to Regenstrief Institute research scientist Thomas F. Imperiale, M.D.

Midterm Election Boosts Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid which has been a political football between Washington and state capitols during the past decade scored big in Tuesday’s election. Following the vote, nearly 500,000 uninsured adults in five states are poised to gain Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates estimate.

Antimicrobial Nanoparticles in Kitchen? New Findings

Scientists describe how they simulated knife motion, washing and scratching on bacteria-fighting, nanosilver-infused cutting boards to see if consumer use affects nanoparticle release. The test should help regulatory bodies identify if any safety or health risks exist from silver nanoparticles in kitchenware now being sold overseas, and if so, find ways to deal with them before the items are approved for sale in the United States.