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Henrietta Lacks' Cells Are Still Helping Protect Women From Cervical Cancer
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:15:22 +0800 | Healthy Living - The Huffington Post
When Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer more than 60 years ago, her cells were taken for medical research without her consent. This ethical controversy became the subject of a 2010 best-selling book, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, and now an HBO movie of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey. Despite radiation therapy and surgery, Lacks died from the cancer in 1951. But her cells, known to scientists as HeLa cells, have played a role in many scientific advancements ― and have helped protect other young women from the cervical cancer that took Lacks’ life. Each year, some 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,000 women die from it. Because not all HPV infections lead to cervical cancer, there...

Who Was Henrietta Lacks? 5 Striking Facts About The ‘Mother Of Modern Medicine’
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:47:51 +0800 | Science - The Huffington Post
Hardly anyone knew of Henrietta Lacks’ life story prior to 2010.   That year, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was released, and went on to become a New York Times best-seller. The biographical book told the story of a black woman born on a tobacco farm in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1920 who revolutionized medical research and saved the lives of millions, without ever knowing it. Now, a new film by the same name starring Oprah Winfrey aims to make her life and impact more widely known. Who exactly was Henrietta Lacks? And why is she described as the “Mother of Medicine”? Here are five fascinating facts about Lacks to better understand who she was and how she changed the world forever.   1. Henrietta Lacks died from a cancer ...

Henrietta Lacks's Cells Made These Breakthroughs Possible
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:41:38 +0800 | Healthy Living - The Huffington Post
Since its establishment in 1951, the HeLa cell line has been used to study everything from influenza to in vitro fertilization—and HeLa cells can now be found in laboratories the world over. Among the breakthrough medical moments Lacks’s DNA made possible: 1952 Jonas Salk develops the world’s first polio vaccine—but the lifesaving advancement must be tested before being given to children. Enter the first HeLa distribution center, created to produce trillions of cells and expose them to the virus. 1953 HeLa cells are mistakenly mixed with a liquid that causes their chromosomes to unclump, offering a clear glimpse of each; seeing the total number of chromosomes (46) for the first time gives doctors a baseline by which to identify abnormalities. 1960 HeLa cells accom...

Pittsburgh docs on pap smears: Still relevant, but maybe not for long
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:25:32 +0800 | Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines
Pap smears, once recommended annually to screen women for cervical cancer, have decreased in frequency in the past few years as screening and vaccinations for human papillomavirus, the virus that causes the vast majority of cervical cancer cases, have become more widespread — a trend Pittsburgh doctors say could lead medicine away from the pap smear altogether. While countries like the Netherlands and Australia have abandoned the pap smear in favor of HPV-only testing, most U.S. doctors still… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

We've Been Seriously Underestimating Cervical Cancer Risks
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:01:53 +0800 | Healthy Living - The Huffington Post
Women, especially black women, might face a greater chance of dying of cervical cancer than previously thought, according to a study published Monday in the journal Cancer. Estimates from previous studies may have been artificially low because they included women who had had hysterectomies, a procedure to remove the uterus. The new study suggests that black women are dying at a rate 77 percent higher, and white women are dying at a rate 47 percent higher, than researchers had previously thought. After adjusting for hysterectomies, cervical cancer killed 10 out of every 100,000 black women and approximately 5 out of every 100,000 white women. “Your risk of cervical cancer is much lower after a hysterectomy, which generally removes the cervix,” Dr. Douglas Levine, ...

These Numbers Show Just How Safe Vaccines Are
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:52:22 +0800 | Healthy Living - The Huffington Post
Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new government commission on vaccine safety. But science on this issue is already clear; numerous studies show that vaccines are safe and effective, and that serious side effects are rare. On Jan. 10, Kennedy met with the president-elect at Trump Tower, and later told reporters about the new commission. However, the Trump administration did not confirm that such a commission was in the works. A spokesperson for Trump said only that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility of forming a committee on autism,” according to The New York Times. This response may reference the proposed, but discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Members of the medical communit...

HPV Blood Test Could Predict Prognosis in Head and Neck Cancer
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:05:20 +0800 | CancerNetwork
Head and neck cancer patients who have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection detectable with a blood-based biomarker have a better prognosis compared with HPV-negative patients. (Source: CancerNetwork)

Cervical screening every 10 years for healthy women is 'safe'
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:30:00 +0800 | NHS News Feed
Conclusion This long-term follow-up of women involved in the POBASCAM randomised controlled trial aimed to assess the risk of extending screening intervals to more than five years for HPV-based cervical screening programmes. The study found that in women who were HPV negative, the long-term incidence of cervical cancer and abnormal cells was low. The research team believes these findings mean the interval between cervical screening tests can be increased to more than five years for women over the age of 40. This study was well designed, and included a large number of women with similar dropout rates between study arms. But the study has a number of limitations, which the research team is aware of: Incidence estimates of cervical cancer and abnormal cells were determined through natio...

10-Year Interval for Cervical Cancer Screening Proposed 10-Year Interval for Cervical Cancer Screening Proposed
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:24:18 +0800 | Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines
Women aged 40 years or older who test negative for human papillomavirus can safely be screened for cervical cancer every 10 years, say Dutch researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)

Cervical cancer: gap between screenings ‘can be increased to 10 years’
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:30:46 +0800 | Guardian Unlimited Science
Dutch researchers say tests suggest increase in screening intervals for HPV-negative women over 40 is justifiedThe length of time between cervical screenings can safely be extended to a decade for some women, research suggests.The findings from researchers in the Netherlands show that for women over the age of 40 who test negative for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the gap between screening rounds could be increased to 10 years.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Sexual risk (of HIV/STD/pregnancy), and what you can do before and after exposure.

Timeline HIV STD Pregnancy
Before exposure
Abstain from sex, Be faithful, or Condom use
Circumcision (males only)
(females only)
HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection before exposure
STD vaccine:
Hepatitis vaccine
HPV vaccine
STD / HIV exposure
Unsafe sex / unprotected sex:
No condom / Condom broke / Condom slip
0-72 hours HIV PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
– Stop HIV infection after exposure
STD testing *
Screening test
– to look for asymptomatic infections
– from previous exposures
Emergency contraception
with the
morning-after pill
(females only)
2 weeks HIV DNA Test
1 month HIV 4th Generation Test
SD Bioline HIV Ag/Ab Combo
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
3 months HIV 3rd Generation Test
OraQuick® HIV-1/2 Antibody
– Oral fluid or
– Fingerprick blood sampling.
20 minutes to results
STD testing *
– Full & comprehensive
diagnostic test
– to look for current infections
Watch for HIV Symptoms STD Symptoms
If infected HIV Treatment STD Treatment Abortion

* Males: Do not urinate for at least 4 hours before arriving.
* Females: testing is more accurate when you are not menstruating.

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