Thursday April 19, 2018
Most of what people read about the human papillomavirus concerns how it can cause cervical cancer. And no wonder. The American Cancer Society reports that U.S. doctors will diagnose about 13,200 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in 2018, and more than 4,000 women will die of the disease. Most future cases of cervical cancer could be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Yet less than half of teenagers in the nation are up to date on HPV immunization and Texas HPV vaccination rates lag behind the rest of the nation.
Wednesday April 11, 2018
Think about it. Do politicians make strange claims that kidney dialysis doesn’t save lives, counter to all medical evidence? Does anyone try to get dedicated, hard-working legislators booted from their jobs because they encourage the use of insulin for people whose doctors recommend it for Type 1 diabetes?
Tuesday April 3, 2018
Our readers tend to be very knowledgeable about vaccination. But exactly how expert are you on the subject? This is National Public Health Week, with today particularly devoted to the fight against communicable diseases. In honor of the day, we’ve come up with this quiz for you to test your vaccine knowledge. Answers below; don’t peek!
Thursday March 29, 2018
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a single, effective flu shot that worked for all strains? One that we might get once and never need again? Scientists are at work on that right now, and they think they might have found a pathway to making it work.
Thursday March 22, 2018
Serese Marotta would like to have a little talk with whoever coined the term “colds and flu.” “You hear it all the time in the media and in casual conversation,” she said.