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The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was designed to help prevent cervical cancer. For the vaccine to be effective it must be administered before sexual activity begins. A new study examined whether girls ages 9 to 13 received the same protection from taking a 2 dose regimen versus young women age 16 to...
Reuters reports “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed a hand-held device capable of identifying counterfeit or substandard malaria drugs and has signed a letter of intent with Corning Inc to manufacture the product.” The device, CD-3, will be especially useful “in Africa and parts of...
The New York Times reports “The new strain of avian influenza that has infected more than 100 people in China in the last two months has, for the first time, been reported outside mainland China.” A Taiwanese citizen who travels to China frequently has been infected with the H7N9 avian virus that is...