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  • Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It’s All A Giant Deadly Scam

    12/30/2013 1:08:18 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 80 replies
    FEEL Guide ^ | JULY 16, 2013 | BRENT LAMBERT
    Dr. Diane Harper was a leading expert responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies which secured the approval of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™. Dr. Harper also authored many of the published, scholarly papers about the vaccines. She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines. Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia. Her speech, which was originally intended to promote...
  • Vinegar cancer test saves lives, India study finds

    06/02/2013 8:40:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2013 | MUNEEZA NAQVI and MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    MUMBAI, India (AP) — A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women. Doctors reported the results Sunday at a cancer conference in Chicago. Experts called the outcome "amazing" and said this quick, cheap test could save tens of thousands of lives each year in developing countries by spotting early signs of cancer, allowing treatment before it's too late. --snip-- Pap smears and tests for HPV, a virus that causes most cervical cancers, have slashed cases...
  • Most popular human cell in science gets sequenced

    03/18/2013 9:04:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 15 March 2013 | Ewen Callaway
    The HeLa cell genome is riddled with errors, raising questions about its continued use. The research world’s most famous human cell has had its genome decoded, and it’s a mess. German researchers this week report the genome sequence of the HeLa cell line, which originates from a deadly cervical tumour taken from a patient named Henrietta Lacks. Established after Lacks died in 1951, HeLa cells were the first human cells to grow well in the laboratory. The cells have contributed to more than 60,000 research papers, the development of a polio vaccine in the 1950s and, most recently, an international...
  • Former U.S. President spearheading women's health issues in Africa

    07/06/2012 5:50:09 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 52 replies
    catholic online ^ | July 6, 2012
    George W. Bush opens new health clinic in Zambia While former U.S. President George W. Bush faces some often harsh criticism as commander in chief from those who claim he led the nation into unpopular wars and additional criticism from opponents who claim he initiated failed economic policies,he has taken on a new role as an advocate for women's health in Africa. Both he and his wife Laura Bush have recently opened a women's health clinic in Kabwe, Zambia. Former U.S. President George W. Bush has taken on a new role as an advocate for women's health in Africa. Both...
  • George Bush's Africa AIDS Achievement Big But Ignored

    12/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor
    World Health: At a star-studded gala Thursday, President Obama drew big praise from AIDS activists and NGOs for expanding AIDS-fighting programs. But the real accomplishment rests with his predecessor, President Bush. After quietly helping to save 30 million lives from the scourge of AIDS across the African continent, it would seem that higher honors would be in store for Bush, whose AIDS initiatives there have been an astonishing success. Obama, to his credit, acknowledged Bush in his World AIDS Day speech Thursday, as have serious-minded Africa advocates including rock singer Bono. But among the garden-variety NGOs, media elites or activist...
  • Gallup: Romney gaining from Bachmann?

    09/20/2011 2:44:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    RedState ^ | September 19, 2011 | Neil Stevens
    The new Gallup poll of the Republican contenders is out, this time with USA TODAY branding. Just looking at the frontrunners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in isolation, it looks like Romney is gaining. What I find interesting though is where that support appears to be coming from. Romney’s support may be coming from Michele Bachmann. Facts of the September poll real quick: 439 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, MoE 6. August’s poll had an MoE of 4 for the Republican subsample, using mobile and landline phones. Obviously there are other explanations for these movements from August to September, but just...
  • Rumors, untruths find a friend in Michele Bachmann

    09/18/2011 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    It's one thing to have a philosophical disagreement with the Texas governor on whether he should have mandated a vaccine for girls against a sexually transmitted virus. But it's an entirely different matter to spread false rumors about the vaccine, hoping to leverage parental fears for political gain. That's the depths to which Minnesota's Michele Bachmann has sunk in her bid to counter Rick Perry's surge in polls. It's conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, much less a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Bachmann used the issue last week at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa to land...
  • GOP opponents are hitting Perry where it helps

    09/18/2011 1:29:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 219 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | Editorial Board
    CORPUS CHRISTI — Gov. Rick Perry is under attack for trying to prevent a cancer whose yearly death toll exceeds this nation’s 9/11 losses by more than a thousand. On this issue, we are compelled to defend him — an unfamiliar role — and to wonder whether the master politician hand-picked his attackers. We speak, of course, of the other Republican presidential candidates and their assault on Perry’s 2007 executive order that all sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts. The order was soon overturned in a hail of criticism...
  • How Jay Leno handled Michele Bachmann's appearance on his show

    09/17/2011 5:15:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 136 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 17, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm, Top of the Ticket Blog
    LENO: You and Perry went over this HPVvaccine topic. Explain this whole deal. BACHMANN: Well, there was a situation where it was an abuse of executive power. And that's something that the governor admitted, that it was an abuse of executive power. It was an action by the governor to write an executive order to order all 12-year-old girls to have an injection before they could go into school. LENO: But it was never implemented; right? He signed it, but it was never implemented. BACHMANN: Right, right, right. LENO: OK. BACHMANN: But it was highly controversial, and the Legislature in...
  • Playing Politics With Little Girls’ Lives

    09/17/2011 3:24:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Wilton Patch ^ | September 17, 2011 | Heather Borden Herve
    Candidates who bring the HPV vaccine into the political arena are playing with fire. You and I are just getting to know one another. While I’ve been writing a twice-weekly opinion column for Wilton Patch for the last year, and readers there are more familiar with where I stand on many things, this “Patch In” column is only in its third week. I thought we’d take it slow. Earlier this week someone sent me the link to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. It was about GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann’s recent comments about the human papillomavirus (or HPV)...
  • Professors offer more than $10,000 for proof that Bachmann’s story about HPV is true

    09/15/2011 1:35:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 226 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/15/2011 | Chris Moody
    Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's story about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered "mental retardation" after receiving a vaccine against HPV could fetch the woman's family thousands of dollars. But the family can only collect if Bachmann or the unnamed woman can prove the story is true. Two bioethics professors have offered to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the anecdote Bachmann told after Monday night's Republican presidential debate is true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor, said that he'll give $1,000 if the medical records of the woman...
  • Rick Perry's HPV Stance Grounded in Case of Heather Burcham, Who Died of Cervical Cancer

    09/15/2011 9:55:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 296 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 15, 2011 | GINA SUNSERI
    Heather Burcham died in 2007 when she was 31. Cervical cancer killed her. She was misdiagnosed at age 26, and by the time she knew she had cancer, it was too late for effective treatment. But she changed lives by living hers so passionately. She was deeply religious, quick-witted, loving, with a quirky sense of humor; and she was determined to save other young women. Her passion for a cause made her a "Person of the Week" on ABC's "World News" program in 2007. Heather likely would have been shouting from the rooftops in frustration, listening to the current political...
  • A deadly hysteria - Bachmann’s vaccine lunacy

    09/14/2011 12:59:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 214 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2011 | ROBERT GOLDBERG, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
    n Monday night’s debate, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum all seemed to be auditioning for the role that Jude Law plays in the film “Contagion” -- Alan Krumwiede, a blogger who tells millions that a vaccine to combat a lethal pathogen is actually dangerous, and claims both the epidemic and vaccine were created by government to enrich drug companies. Krumwiede’s conspiracy theory proves deadly -- and so will these Republicans’, if anyone listens. ....Don’t be distracted by legitimate, but minor, questions about how states should make public-health decisions: The thrust of this attack is garbage -- and deadly...
  • Gardasil and the GOP

    09/13/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 188 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 13, 2011 | Henry I. Miller
    More than an hour into last night’s debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy. It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil, a vaccine against the most common strains of human papilloma virus, before entering the sixth grade. However, Texas lawmakers blocked that mandate. Some critics argued that the vaccine was too new to have been confirmed safe, while others said that Perry’s order would preempt parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, possibly causing...
  • Opposing HPV Vaccine "Unethical" - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center President

    09/13/2011 11:03:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 216 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 13, 2011 | Reeve Hamilton
    Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 attempt to require that girls in Texas be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, has become a political hot potato. But Dr. Ronald DePinho, the new president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says the vaccine is not just sound but "one of the great scientific advances in the history of medicine." In last night's GOP presidential debate, Perry faced repeated criticism from other candidates for his HPV push. Michele Bachmann said it was “flat out wrong” to require that “innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through...
  • Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision

    08/15/2011 7:07:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 154 replies
    Texas Tribune | August 15, 2011 | Jay Root
    For years, Gov. Rick Perry has taken flak for his 2007 attempt to require girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, the most commonly sexually transmitted disease and the principal cause of cervical cancer. At the risk of angering fellow conservatives, Perry has always insisted he did the right thing. That unapologetic approach changed this weekend. A few hours after unveiling his campaign for president, Perry began walking back from one of the most controversial decisions of his more-than-10-year reign as Texas governor. Speaking to voters at a backyard party in New Hampshire, Perry said he was ill-informed when...
  • Dose of Reason: Perry and Gardasil

    08/12/2011 2:46:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 129 replies
    RIght Wing ^ | August 7, 2011 | bnuckols
    Bear with me, this isn’t a “sound bite” subject. The Human Papilloma Virus is an infection, and should not be a moral issue. In contrast, the vaccine against four strains of the virus, Gardasil, has become a political issue, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recommends it for all boys and girls. Governor Rick Perry has been criticized for his February, 2007 Executive Order that made the vaccine mandatory for girls before entering the 6th grade. Very little is said about the part of the EO that affirmed the right of and facilitated parents who wish...
  • Perry: executive order requiring young girls to be vaccinated against HPV wasn't mandatory

    06/19/2011 1:02:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 204 replies
    PolitiFact Check ^ | January 29, 2010
    When Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in 2007 requiring all Texas girls to receive a vaccine against the human papillomavirus before entering the sixth grade, lawmakers balked and blocked it. Critics said the vaccine, Merck & Co.'s Gardasil, was too new to declare safe. Some said too that Perry's order would infringe on parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, leading them to be sexually active too young. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, one of Perry's opponents in the GOP gubernatorial primary, frequently slams Perry's stilled order. Perry has stood by his action, most recently casting...
  • Prayers for my wife of 27 years

    05/19/2010 6:46:44 PM PDT · by Lloyd227 · 112 replies · 1,237+ views
    Me
    Anyone so inclined, please say a prayer for my wife Jan. She's just had cervical cancer removed and while they're pretty confident they got it all, a little more prayer is always a good thing :-)
  • New cervical cancer screening guidelines: report (Start at 21, every 3 years)

    11/20/2009 8:07:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 96 replies · 2,434+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/20/2009
    Days after controversy erupted over new breast cancer screening guidelines, a US health group has said women should wait longer to get their first cervical cancer test. The New York Times reported Friday that the American College of Obstetricians is now advising women to wait until age 21 to get their first Pap smear. The advice is intended to cut down on unnecessary testing and reduce the risk of harmful invasive procedures to remove non-cancerous lesions that may show up on tests but often disappear if left alone, the group said. The new recommendations overturn previous guidance, which suggested women...
  • Panel Says Less Cervical Cancer Screening Needed; Backlash Brewing on Mammogram Guidelines - Video

    11/20/2009 7:12:49 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 20, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report that mentions a new study out today that says women can wait until 21 to be screened for Cervical Cancer, and only need to have "Pap Smear" tests every two years during their 20's. This report comes on the heels of a separate report that urges women not start having mammograms until age 50, and then every two years. It also says self-exam is not necessary. The video reports on a backlash brewing across the country against the new mammogram guidelines. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell

    10/26/2009 12:57:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,882+ views
    The Bulletin (Phila, PA) ^ | October 25, 2009 | Susan Brinkmann
    Harper: Controversal Drug Will Do Little To Reduce Cervical Cancer Rates Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, said the controversial drugs will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates and, even though they’re being recommended for girls as young as nine, there have been no efficacy trials in children under the age of 15. Dr. Harper, director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri, made these remarks during an address at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia...
  • Cervical cancer vaccine: are jabs a risk worth taking for our Child?

    09/30/2009 2:02:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 533+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 Sep 2009 | Mark Honigsbaum
    We have grown increasingly sceptical about vaccination in recent decades, says Mark Honigsbaum. Politicians have long known that a life lost today is far more emotive than a life saved in some hard-to-glimpse future – hence the problems with justifying the war in Afghanistan. But health professionals have been rather slower to learn the same lesson. That is why, for every parent reconsidering the offer of the cervical cancer vaccine for their daughter this morning, following the unexpected death of Natalie Morton, a 14-year-old from Coventry, there will be a GP or school nurse urging young women to have the...
  • Doctor Says He Had No Choice When Filing Lawsuit

    04/25/2009 5:07:03 AM PDT · by Comparative Advantage · 19 replies · 1,638+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | April 25, 2009
    A doctor who filed a $100 million lawsuit against The Ohio State University told 10TV News on Friday that he had no choice. Dr. Gerard Nuovo said he was punished after he brought the misdiagnosis of hundreds of patients to the university's attention. He filed the lawsuit in federal court this week, 10TV's Brittany Westbrook reported. Nuovo built a career in cervical pathology, has written textbooks on the subject and has worked at Ohio State for 10 years. "The key point of cervical pathology is to look under the microscope and determine whether or not a woman has been affected...
  • CDC Takes Closer Look at Gardasil and Paralysis

    03/23/2009 7:21:08 AM PDT · by BGHater · 79 replies · 1,860+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 20 Mar 2009 | Deborah Kotz
    Phil Tetlock and Barbara Mellers were in a race against time to save their 15-year-old daughter, Jenny. As I reported last summer, Jenny developed a degenerative muscle disease nearly two years ago, soon after being vaccinated against the cervical-cancer-causing HPV. She became nearly completely paralyzed, though her mind was perfectly intact and she could still enjoy her pet parakeet, Hannah Montana, and Twilight. I've been E-mailing Phil regularly over the past year, and up until our last E-mail, one week ago, he had been holding out hope that they would be able to find a cure for his daughter—or to...
  • Discoverers of AIDS and Cancer Viruses Win Nobel

    10/07/2008 9:52:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 419+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 7, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded Monday to three European scientists who had discovered viruses behind two devastating illnesses, AIDS and cervical cancer. Half of the award will be shared by two French virologists, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, 61, and Luc A. Montagnier, 76, for discovering H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. Conspicuously omitted was Dr. Robert C. Gallo, an American virologist who vied with the French team in a long, often acrimonious dispute over credit for the discovery of H.I.V. The other half of the $1.4 million award will go to a German physician-scientist, Dr. Harald zur Hausen, 72, for...
  • Researchers Question Wide Use of HPV Vaccines

    08/20/2008 2:51:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2008 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Two vaccines against cervical cancer are being widely used without sufficient evidence about whether they are worth their high cost or even whether they will effectively stop women from getting the disease, two articles in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine conclude. Both vaccines target the human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted virus that usually causes no symptoms and is cleared by the immune system, but which can in very rare cases become chronic and cause cervical cancer. The two vaccines, Gardasil by Merck Sharp & Dohme and Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline, target two strains of the virus that together...
  • Drug Makers’ Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines’ Fast Rise (Gardasil)

    08/20/2008 7:11:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 262+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2008 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment Tens of millions of girls and young women have been vaccinated against the disease in the United States and Europe in the two years since two vaccines were given government approval in many countries and, often, recommended for universal use among females ages 11 to 26. One of the vaccines, Gardasil, from Merck, is made available to the poorest girls in the country, up to age 18, at a potential cost to the United States government of more...
  • Continuous-Use Contraceptives to be Introduced in Britain Within Months

    09/30/2007 8:06:06 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 11 replies · 206+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 27, 2007 | Hilary White
    Continuous-Use Contraceptives to be Introduced in Britain Within Months By Hilary White LONDON, September 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The first contraceptive pill that provides a dose of active hormones every day that would halt menstruation, could be in use in Britain within a few months, according to the New Scientist. The drug, called Lybrel, is lauded for its ability to interrupt a woman’s normal fertility cycle and entirely stop her menstruation, potentially permanently. Its supporters say that once freed from their normal biological functions, women will be better able to compete with men in the workplace. The US Food and...
  • New Evidence Shows Cervical Cancer Vaccine Works

    05/10/2007 7:18:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 369+ views
    CBS News) ^ | May 10, 2007 5:21 am US/Pacific
    NEW YORK The latest clinical trials on the new vaccine that guards against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer hold good news for girls and women who've taken it or may take it, and for its manufacturer. Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay explains that Merck's Gardasil is meant to fight off certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV), which is known to cause cervical cancer. Though it remains controversial, there's fresh research that Gardasil is effective in fighting off HPV, Senay says, and the news appears to provide even more reason for young girls to...
  • Injecting Speed - Why the rush to require the HPV vaccine?

    02/20/2007 8:36:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,007+ views
    Reason ^ | February 20, 2007 | Jesse Walker
    Gardasil isn't exactly an anti-cancer vaccine, but it comes close. It protects girls and women against four sexually transmitted strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), two of which cause about 70 percent of all cervical cancer. It is also extremely controversial, though the nature of the controversy has changed radically since the treatment was invented. This time last year the issue was whether it would be allowed at all, a matter settled in June when the Food and Drug Administration approved it. Today the question is whether the shots should be required. Nearly half the states have been considering measures...
  • Pol has plan to nix cervical cancer

    02/09/2007 6:41:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 77 replies · 823+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | February 9th, 2007 | JORDAN LITE
    Schoolgirls in New York would have to get shots against a cancer-causing virus under a bill an assemblywoman will introduce next week, the Daily News has learned. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) will introduce legislation mandating girls be inoculated with the three-shot series against human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted disease that causes 70% of cervical cancers. Children whose parents have religious objections to the vaccine, called Gardasil, would be exempt. "This is a revolutionary opportunity to eradicate a disease that kills many, many women. As a mom, I'm grateful my daughter will not have to fear having cervical cancer," said...
  • The Case Against Smoking Bans

    02/06/2007 4:41:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 104 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Thomas A. Lambert
    In recent years, legal scholars have produced a voluminous literature on the rule of law in indirectly controlling social norms and individual preferences. Smoking bans provide on of the favorite "success stories" of those who laud the use of legal rules to change norms and preferences. According to these scholars, smoking bans affect behavior, even if under-enforced, because they change the social norm regarding smoking in public. With the advent of smoking bans, non-smokers who previously felt embarassed about publicly expressing their distaste for ETS are speaking up. By providing a de facto community statement that public smoking is unacceptable,...
  • About that level playing field (ANTI-SMOKING JIHADISTS RUN WILD AS VICTORY NEARS)

    02/04/2007 9:26:55 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 64 replies · 1,089+ views
    Star Newspapers ^ | February 4, 2007 | Tom Houlihan
    Way back when, the closest thing to a "smoking ban" had to do with the age at which you could legally buy cigarettes. I think it was 12 or 13. After that, about half the teenage population seemed to be lighting up at least once an hour. At Morgan Park High School, where I spent four years in the 1960s, there was a white line on the sidewalk a block away from the school building. That marked the point where the high school determined kids could smoke. It didn't stop the hard-core smokers who really needed to feed their habit...
  • Drug Conglomerate funds campaign to impose Mandatory HPV Vaccine on Young Girls

    02/02/2007 3:01:03 PM PST · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,782+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/07 | Gudrun Schultz
    UNITED STATES, February 2, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A nation-wide campaign to introduce mandatory vaccination against the sexually-transmitted Human Papilloma Virus for girls as young as nine is being funded by the drug company that produced the vaccine. Gardasil, the highly-publicized vaccine recently developed to prevent HPV infections in sexually active young women, has been aggressively marketed in the US as a protection against the disease responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancer. HPV is contracted through sexual activity, with sexually promiscuous behavior greatly increasing the likelihood of infection. The massive drug company Merck and Co. developed the vaccine. Merck...
  • Elderly smoker dies while having cigarette

    01/27/2007 10:30:59 AM PST · by starzed_ · 25 replies · 1,643+ views
    Sudbury star ^ | January 25, 2007 | Laura Stradiotto
    OPP probes nursing home death; Resident, 65, was left outside Gore Bay facility when he went for a smoke -ON Sudbury Star- January 25, 2007 by Laura Stradiotto Local News - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a nursing home resident who was found outdoors in a courtyard Jan.16. Detectives from the Ontario Provincial Police's crime unit in Orillia were at the Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay on Wednesday. Nursing home resident Murray Myles Patterson, 65, was transported to the Mindemoya Hospital on Jan. 16 and died a day later. In a statement released Wednesday by the...
  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine: Life Saver or Teen Sex-Life Catalyst?

    01/31/2007 4:01:47 AM PST · by XR7 · 265 replies · 3,460+ views
    playfuls.com ^ | 1/31/07
    A bill concerning the mandatory vaccination of US middle-aged schoolgirls against cervical cancer is considered controversial and some states even try to pull it back. The vaccine is only produced by Merck Sharp & Dohme (Merck & Co) and is called Gardasil. This is the world’s first vaccine against cervical cancer and other diseases caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil for mass-prescription on June 8, 2006, after a lot of clinical tests. The tests also indicated that Gardasil’s administratin to girls should occur before they become sexually active....
  • The Bogus 'Science' of Secondhand Smoke

    01/30/2007 11:38:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2007 | Gio Batta Gori
    Smoking cigarettes is a clear health risk, as most everyone knows. But lately, people have begun to worry about the health risks of secondhand smoke. Some policymakers and activists are even claiming that the government should crack down on secondhand smoke exposure, given what "the science" indicates about such exposure. Last July, introducing his office's latest report on secondhand smoke, then-U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona asserted that "there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure," that "breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can damage cells and set the cancer process in motion," and that... --snip-- In addition,...
  • Morals, not a vaccine, needed in middle school

    01/20/2007 12:54:51 PM PST · by wagglebee · 87 replies · 1,683+ views
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 1/20/07 | Kerry Dougherty
    Let's walk through a medical minefield together. Merck & Co., a major drug manufacturer, has developed a vaccine called Gardasil that protects against some forms of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. Another pharmaceutical company is nearly ready to market something similar. Good. Experts claim HPV vaccines can protect women against cervical cancer. Terrific. For the vaccine to work, it should be administered before a woman becomes sexually active. Logical. So, health professionals recommend that girls as young as 11 receive the shots. Troubling. There's only one conclusion to be drawn by this tender age limit: more than a few girls...
  • Merck Juggles Launch of 3 Vaccines

    11/11/2006 7:12:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 291+ views
    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061110/merck_vaccines.html?.v=1 ^ | Friday November 10, 2:22 pm ET | Peter Loftus, Dow Jones Newswires
    WEST POINT, Pa. (AP) -- There's a not-so-secret ingredient used to make Merck & Co.'s new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer: common baker's yeast. But there's nothing simple about the manufacture and marketing of Gardasil, the first cervical-cancer vaccine approved by regulators. The Whitehouse Station, N.J., pharmaceutical giant expects Gardasil to become one of its best-selling products, and the company is making big changes to ensure its launch is successful. Adding to the challenge is that Gardasil is one of three new vaccines Merck has launched this year. The others are Rotateq, designed to prevent rotavirus in children, and Zostavax...
  • 'Vaccinate 11-year-olds against sex virus'[UK][Cervical Cancer]

    10/09/2006 4:42:37 PM PDT · by MrNationalist · 36 replies · 1,111+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Oct 06, 2006 | Telegraph
    Girls as young as 11 should receive compulsory vaccinations against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, according to an influential medical journal. The Lancet published an editorial calling for compulsory jabs for 11- and 12-year-olds despite fears that they could encourage under-age sex. The Sunday Telegraph revealed last month that ministers have commissioned secret research into parental attitudes towards a concerted vaccination programme in primary schools. Last week the European Commission gave the go-ahead for the anti-cancer vaccine Gardasil to be used in EU member states. The licence allows the vaccine to be given to children aged nine...
  • HPV Vaccine—The Chemical Condom

    06/26/2006 9:35:32 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 31 replies · 553+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 6/23/2005 | Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    HPV Vaccine—The Chemical CondomLast week I began to address the problem of the HPV vaccine as a tool of the culture of death. This week we need to address the "mental culture" that the vaccine fosters. This vaccine perpetuates the mendacious "safe sex" culture that underscores the sexual revolution and has wrought such havoc on our kids. If we fall for this HPV vaccine and its false doctrine of "protection" we can expect the worst aspects of the sexual revolution to be with us for another generation at least.Here is what I mean. Imagine the attitude of our grandparents' generation...
  • FDA approves cervical cancer vaccine

    06/08/2006 9:18:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 971+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 8, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Women for the first time have a vaccine to protect themselves against cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday licensed the vaccine, Gardasil, for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26. The vaccine works by preventing infection by four of the dozens of strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. By age 50, some 80 percent of women have been infected. Gardasil protects against the two types of HPV responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine also blocks infection by two other...
  • FDA Panel Endorses Cervical Cancer Vaccine

    05/18/2006 3:40:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    WASHINGTON - A vaccine with the potential to slash worldwide deaths from cervical cancer, the No. 2 cancer killer in women, should be approved for sales in the United States, a federal panel said Thursday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 13-0 to endorse the safety and effectiveness of Merck and Co.'s Gardasil, which blocks viruses that cause cervical cancer. The company said the vaccine could cut worldwide deaths from the disease by two-thirds. However, the anticipated cost of the vaccine, administered in three shots over six months, is $300 to $500 — a possible impediment to widespread...
  • Can You Catch Cancer?

    01/25/2006 3:08:04 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 750+ views
    Can you catch cancer? In the early 1980s, US doctors began to notice a strange phenomenon. A rare form of cancer, once confined to elderly Jewish men in Europe, was suddenly cropping up among young gay men. The explanation? By catching a new virus, called HIV, they were also developing cancer. Now doctors believe that other infections, even simple coughs and colds, can trigger everything from childhood leukaemia to cervical cancer. Should we be worried? Sarah Boseley investigates Tuesday January 24, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Within a few years, girls will be vaccinated against cancer. Not every cancer - at...
  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gets Injected With a Social Issue

    10/30/2005 5:32:14 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 80 replies · 2,028+ views
    WP ^ | October 31 2005 | Rob Stein
    A new vaccine that protects against cervical cancer has set up a clash between health advocates who want to use the shots aggressively to prevent thousands of malignancies and social conservatives who say immunizing teenagers could encourage sexual activity. Although the vaccine will not become available until next year at the earliest, activists on both sides have begun maneuvering to influence how widely the immunizations will be employed. Groups working to reduce the toll of the cancer are eagerly awaiting the vaccine and want it to become part of the standard roster of shots that children, especially girls, receive just...
  • Risky Sex Habits Linked to Early Death, Disability

    01/27/2005 6:18:33 AM PST · by randog · 94 replies · 2,349+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1-26-05 | Jennifer Warner
    Risky sexual behavior among Americans is putting the public’s health at risk, according to a new CDC study. Researchers found that the rates of early death and disability attributed to sexual behavior in the U.S. are triple those of any other industrialized country, and women bear the brunt of this public health burden.
  • Will cancer vaccine get to all women?

    05/04/2005 3:04:47 PM PDT · by Servant of the 9 · 16 replies · 534+ views
    The New Scientist ^ | 18 April, 2005 | Debora MacKenzie
    DEATHS from cervical cancer could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by soon-to-be-approved vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer - but there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might lead to many preventable deaths. The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries. In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite...
  • Hey Kids! Want Good Sex? Try Abstinence.

    12/10/2004 11:36:01 AM PST · by DBeers · 105 replies · 3,653+ views
    townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2004 | Warren Throckmorton
    Hey Kids! Want Good Sex? Try Abstinence.Warren ThrockmortonAs a mental health counselor, I am really troubled by the numbers of adolescents that I have counseled who cried for days and hurt for years because they engaged in "safer sex" within dead end, unfulfilling relationships. Sadly, they learned that “safer sex” can be hazardous to their emotional health. I think the current political debate concerning abstinence vs. contraceptive based sexual education has failed to include an important variable in the discussion of what to teach in school: sexual well being. In many contemporary sexual education curricula, young boys and girls who...
  • Condom Label Changes Spark Debate

    04/02/2004 2:33:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 168+ views
    My Way News ^ | Apr 1, 2004 | MARTHA IRVINE
    CHICAGO (AP) - That tiny bit of print on a condom packet is at the center of a raging debate now that President George W. Bush has asked the Food and Drug Administration to modify the current warning to include information about human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV or genital warts. On one side are scientists who believe that condoms should be promoted as a crucial line of defense against several STDs and cervical cancer. On the other are groups that advocate waiting for sex until marriage, and who see the dangers of HPV as an argument for their cause. Justin...