Will the H.P.V. Vaccine Work?
With so many essential questions unanswered, there is good reason to be cautious about introducing large-scale HPV vaccination. Instead, we should concentrate on getting answers.
What's the Latest Development?
In the relatively new global initiative to vaccinate young girls against the human papillomavirus (H.P.V.), the world's most common sexually-transmitted disease which can also cause cervical cancer, big questions remain about the vaccine's effectiveness. While there are more than 100 different types of H.P.V., at least 15 of which cause cancer, the vaccine protects only against the two most important cancer-causing strains, HPV-16 and HPV-18. Cervical cancer currently causes 250,000 deaths annually.
What's the Big Idea?
While clinical trials of an H.P.V. vaccine predict success in reducing rates of cervical cancer, real data on the vaccine's effectiveness, and potential downsides, will not be available for decades to come. In the mean time, large questions loom: "How long does the vaccine provide protection without a booster? Does it affect natural immunity against H.P.V., and with what consequences? Can we really be sure that the vaccine protects preadolescent girls when proper clinical trials have been carried out only in women aged 16 to 24?"
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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