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2020

HPV Vaccine Proves Its Mettle Against Cervical Cancer

HPV Vaccine Proves Its Mettle Against Cervical CancerWEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) may drastically cut their chances of developing cervical cancer by age 30, a huge, new study finds. Researchers found that of more than 1.6 million young Swedish women, those who'd gotten the HPV vaccine were about two-thirds less likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than their unvaccinated peers. Those odds were further slashed when the vaccine was given before age 17. Among those women, the risk of cervical cancer was 88% lower. Experts said the findings, published Oct. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine, support longstanding recommendations: Girls should be vaccinated against HPV before their teenage years. "These findings aren't surprising. This is what we'd...

Early Results Show Moderna's COVID Vaccine Safe,...

29 September 2020
Early Results Show Moderna`s COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective in Older PeopleTUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- One of the big questions around any new COVID-19 vaccine is: Will it safely protect those at highest risk from the illness -- older people? Now, the results of an early phase 1 trial in 40 adults over the age of 55 suggests that one vaccine, under development by drugmaker Moderna, elicits an immune system response that's equal to that seen in younger recipients. As well, vaccine side effects "were predominantly mild or moderate in severity" and included fatigue, chills, headache or ache or discomfort at the injection site, according to the researchers. They published the preliminary findings Sept. 29 online in the New England Journal of Medicine. "As those at highest risk for severe COVID-19 infection are older adults, it is crucial to...

Do Fasting Diets Really Work? New Study Finds Little Benefit

29 September 2020
Do Fasting Diets Really Work? New Study Finds Little BenefitTUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More and more people are turning to "intermittent fasting" to lose weight, but the jury is still out on whether the tactic works. In a new clinical trial, researchers found that one type of intermittent fasting did help overweight and obese adults drop a couple of pounds over 12 weeks. But they fared no better than a comparison group who ate whenever they wanted. The findings conflict with some recent studies suggesting the diets are effective. And researchers said this is not the final word on intermittent fasting. For one, many people find the tactic easy to follow, according to Krista Varady, a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And that's a plus, she said, since lasting weight loss requires sustainable...

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart...

28 September 2020
Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for ChildrenMONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The foundation for early heart disease might begin not during childhood or in the years that follow, but in the womb. Researchers studying nearly 30 years of data from families in Manitoba, Canada, found a strong connection between heart disease risk factors in teens and young adults and their mother's type 2 or gestational diabetes. "I was surprised at the strength of the association, because we see a twofold, threefold higher risk for those who are exposed to diabetes compared to those who are not exposed," said study author Laetitia Guillemette. She was a doctoral degree candidate at the University of Manitoba during the study, and is now a scientific evaluator for Health Canada. For the study, the researchers used data from nearly all...

Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

28 September 2020
Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare WellMONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers with COVID-19 only rarely suffer from effects of the virus, a new study suggests. These newborns generally do well in the six to eight weeks after birth, but more are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if their mothers had COVID-19 in the two weeks before delivery. Of more than 200 babies studied, complications including preterm birth and NICU admission didn't differ among mothers with and without COVID-19. No pneumonia or lower respiratory infections were reported through 8 weeks of age. "The babies are doing well, and that's wonderful," said lead author Dr. Valerie Flaherman, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). "When coronavirus first hit,...
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