The widespread use of the Papanicolaou test for cervical cancer screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination have dramatically reduced the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in developed countries. Despite these advances in care, cervical cancer remains the second most common malignancy in women worldwide, with an estimated 500,000 new cases annually, and it is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Read the full story & the medicine behind it.
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Each year in the United States, up to 3.8 million persons suffer mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also referred to as concussion, linked to sports participation. These brain injuries are most commonly associated with football and ice hockey and result from contact/impact forces (e.g., the head hitting the ground or ice), inertial forces (i.e., rapid brain acceleration or deceleration), or both. Read the full story & the medicine behind it.
Approximately four million people in the United States—or nearly two percent of the population—are infected with HCV, of whom about 70 percent are undiagnosed. The vast majority of individuals with HCV are baby boomers who acquired the infection between 1960 and 1980, primarily as a result of intravenous drug use or through transfusions of tainted blood and blood products. Read the full story & the medicine behind it.