New technique greatly enhances digital microscopy images
Researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have created a new technique that greatly enhances digital microscopy images. The development is significant because digital imagery has led to many advances in microscopy, but digital microscopic imaging can sometimes result in blurry, pixilated images. The new technique is called wavelength scanning pixel super-resolution. It uses a device that captures a stack of digital images of the same specimen, each with a slightly different wavelength of light. Then, researchers apply a newly devised algorithm that divides the pixels in each captured image into a number...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 27, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Birth Control & Cancer: Which Methods Raise, Lower Risk
By Kelli MillerIf you're a woman of childbearing years who wants to delay pregnancy, you might have heard that some birth control methods are linked to cancer. Spend a minute online and you'll probably find more than a handful of contradicting reports saying some types cause cancer, while others fend it off. How do you know what to believe?"This is a perplexing issue for many women," says Mia Gaudet, Strategic Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research at the American Cancer Society. For example, "there is consistent evidence that oral contraceptives (birth control pills) increase a woman's risk of b...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - January 22, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cancer Risks/Causes Source Type: news

The Secret Reason Copenhagen Failed
In the spring of 2014, I was having lunch with one of my heroes, Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, and his head of the Environmental Protection Bureau, Lemuel Srolovic. We were discussing the special climate summit that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had called for September 23rd, where all the world leaders were to discuss their plans for the coming Paris summit in 2015. We were also discussing the possibilities of a state Attorney General suing oil and coal companies for being implicit in causing climate change. Through a friend, I found a few, obscure studies from some major universities showing links b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ductal Lavage Screening for Pre-Cancerous and...
What is Ductal Lavage?: Ductal Lavage has been referred to as the "Pap smear for the breast." With a (Source: About.com Breast Cancer)
Source: About.com Breast Cancer - December 15, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: breastcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Many Women's Clinics Provide Low Cost or Free...
This list rounds up clinics across the United States that offer women low cost or free Pap smears, a screening tool in cervical cancer diagnosis. (Source: About.com Cervical Cancer)
Source: About.com Cervical Cancer - December 13, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: cervicalcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

From Healthy To Dead: How Coral Bleaching Is Devastating Our Oceans
Sometimes, when things aren't quite right with the oceans, a once-pristine, colorful reef will start to die. Corals that take thousands of years to grow, polyp-by-tiny-polyp, get a little finicky when it comes to temperature or chemical changes in the water. And in the span of just a few months, an underwater rainbow can turn a bright, ghostly white. What's striking when you see the photos is how unnatural it all seems. The phenomenon goes by the dreaded name of bleaching. It's happening now around the planet. Spurred by what scientists expect to be a strong El Nino tropical weather system, reefs are suffering fr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Jury deadlocked in SEC trial of Revolutions Medical and CEO
Revolutions Medical said today that a court case styled trial between the Securities and Exchange Commission and the company, as well as its CEO Rondald Wheet has ended in a deadlock from the jury. The case was brought against the safety device and software maker in 2012 by the SEC over a number of allegedly “misleading press releases” issued by the company in 2010 and 2011, according to regulatory filings. After hearing evidence for 2 weeks and a 4-day deliberation, the 8 person jury said on Thursday that it was “hopelessly deadlocked and could not unanimously agree on a verdict,” Revolution M...
Source: Mass Device - November 20, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Legal News Revolutions Medical Corp. Source Type: news

Cervical screening coverage still falling in England
Nearly one in 10 women don’t get their results within two weeks of testingRelated items from OnMedicaLower levels of cervical screening in women under 30Cervical screening should be raised to 70Cervical screening Some doctors misunderstand smear test says GPPush for opportunistic screening for STIs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 11, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cervical screening rates fall with women aged 25-49 most likely to miss smear test
Health and Social Care Information Centre figures report 4.3 million women in England, aged 25 to 64, were invited for cervical screenings but only 3.1 million were tested, a drop of 3.3 per cent on 2013/14. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer – Amanda’s story
The post Radical hysterectomy due to cervical cancer – Amanda’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. Hi well what a whirlwind it’s been. I’m 44, married and busy mum of 3. Had my first abnormal smear in July which resulted in a LLETZ procedure in early August. 4 weeks later when I thought things must be ok I was called to see the consultant and was diagnosed with cervical cancer on 4th September. CT, MRI and several appointments later I was booked in for radical hysterectomy, removal of both ovaries and lymph node dissection on 21st September. Due to be keyhole but ended up abdominal an...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 4, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer radical hysterectomy Source Type: news

10 Must-Do Health Checks For Women Over 50
This article first appeared on the Golden Girls Network blog. Earlier on Huff/Post50: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did Dust Bowl's ravages end in the 1940s? New study says no
(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation's soil, even potentially altering history books.The paper, soon-to-be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 29, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Shibumi: Hacking the Hack
What's with the hacks?! Grandma's all upset with young people cutting corners these days. Short-cuts do not deliver you to your dreams, she says, though it will look like you're getting closer; then the god of idiots high-tail you back to the start where you have to walk the path again - this time without cheating. Like Grammie, I'm down on hacks, yet I'm all for discovering a shorter path to achieve your perfect life, no corners cut. Despite what you may think, you won't find personal trainers, gadgets, personal chefs or more than what you have now on the fastest route. Paved by a way of thought, this path offers a fresh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trigger Warnings: The Good, the Bad, the Pancakes
Seven years ago, I would start at least one day of the week by running to IHOP. IHOP is not at all close to my house. But I really like pancakes, so to afford myself the caloric intake of two pancakes with a tiny smear of butter and a tablespoon of syrup, I would run. Many miles. For two pancakes. Pancakes are a trigger for me -- but only IHOP pancakes. Also In-Shape fitness, the gym I went to every day. My bike. Lululemon running shorts. Scales. Mirrors. Tape measures. The trigger-worthy experiences started well before the pancakes. When I was 9, I was physically and verbally abused by my stepfather, and in the years pri...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Nutrition Policy, Imperiled By Bullies
I know a guy who writes blogs rather prolifically (for which he is uncompensated, by the way). The audience for his blogs is, presumably, people interested in his opinions and his writing; why else would they be there? He writes books, too. And once, he wrote a blog in which he expressed, to this audience presumably interested in his opinion and his writing, his opinion about his writing. The guy in question is me, and the blog in question was written, like the paragraph above, in the third person- because the writing in question was an epic work of fiction written under a nom-de-plume. I am guessing that doesn't immediate...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I felt the youngest on the ward! – Katie’s story
The post I felt the youngest on the ward! – Katie’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I guess I’ve always had problems with my periods right from the start. Even having my children was eventful, I’m so lucky I had them in my twenties. By the time I approached my thirties my periods were horrendously heavy. Eventually I saw the doctor and had a coil fitted. Well what can I say my period did go a bit lighter…. I ended up having periods for almost a month I was lucky to have 3/7 days free of bleeding. I went to see my doctor regarding smear tests and ended up being referred to gy...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 20, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Updated Pap smear test guidelines lead to decreased STI screening, study finds
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - October 16, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Updated Pap smear test guidelines lead to decreased STI screening, study finds
Following the introduction of Cancer Care Ontario's 2012 cervical cancer screening guidelines, female patients were 50 per cent less likely to undergo screening for sexually transmitted infections, a new study has found. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pap smear: Still needed after hysterectomy?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

My subtotal hysterectomy – Faye’s story
The post My subtotal hysterectomy – Faye’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I had fibroids diagnosed back in 2008. I was having episodes of flooding at various stages of my cycle it was awful. Had the fibroids removed in 2011 but they virtually grew straight back. I could feel them and felt lots of pressure. Was also having rectal pain as one of the fibroids was protruding into my back passage. Saw my Consultant in May 15 and referred for a hysterectomy but the Consultant wanted to remove my cervix because that was what she did!! I said I had never had an abnormal smear so would prefer to keep ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 28, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids subtotal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Kirstie Wilson dies from cervical cancer after stomach cramps dismissed as growing pains
Kirstie Wilson, from Kent, was diagnosed after refusing to accept the original diagnosis and begging for a smear. The cancer later spread to her liver and spleen and she died yesterday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Harrowing Tale of HIV+ Woman's Battle With Cancer
[Capital FM] Nairobi -When Sally Agallo was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007 after going for a pap smear on a whim, she didn't believe it; she'd thought life had dealt her all the misery her deck could possibly hold. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A DIY smear test could help millions of women who avoid vital cervical cancer screenings
FOR many women a trip to their GP surgery or clinic for a routine smear test fills them with dread. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mission Day 14: Mad Respect, AKA Don't Kill Bob
This post should really be titled, "MAD, MAD, MAD" respect. Respect for what, you may ask? For lifelong astronauts? For scientists and support staff who spent winter in Antarctica? For service people aboard submarines and ships who do this isolation thing all the time? Absolutely, but I've respected the heck out of those folks for years. This is brand new respect we're talking about here. Over the last two weeks -- two weeks already! -- I've come upon a profound pile of respect, basically a mountain of respect, for people who feed families of six or more in underdeveloped countries. It's an all-day long, and half...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

GynaeCheck allows women to take a smear test at home
A poll by GynaeHealth UK found 40 per cent of young women find it hard to get an appointment for a smear test, while 95 per cent of women over 50 said the procedure was painful. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparative study of spermatozoa detection using the genital swab versus bedside smear slide technique in sexual assault patients - Sathirareuangchai S, Phobtrakul R, Phetsangharn L, Srisopa K, Petchpunya S.
BACKGROUND: Specimen collection from sexual assault victims is an essential part of practice in forensic medicine. Semen analysis is a forensic test used to confirm sexual contact. Two methods of specimen collection were compared in this study: the genital... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Abortion advocates use undercover video all the time to smear 'pregnancy centers' that are pro-life
(NaturalNews) Planned Parenthood's leaders and defenders are up in arms over the use of undercover operatives and video by a pro-life organization to expose grotesque and likely illegal practices of harvesting body parts from aborted babies and then selling them for profit. However... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Steps to Transition to a Wholefoods Life
It's no secret: wholefoods have changed my life. They've helped me to find an energy, youthfulness and nourishment that I didn't know possible. Best of all, I've found a path that allowed me to say goodbye to diets, fads and guilt when it comes to the food I eat. I had no idea it could be so simple, delicious + nutritious. But yes, it absolutely can! And I want you to experience this incredible transformation for yourself. This post contains 5 simple steps to help you transition to a wholefoods life. No matter where you're currently at on your own journey, it's my hope that this post offers you inspiration, encouragement a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

25-year-old dies from cervical cancer blamed on a urine infection
Emma Fisk, from Selby, Yorkshire, suspected something was wrong - but was initially told by medics she was suffering from a urine infection, or had a ‘little tear’. She was also refused a smear test. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bride told she was too young for cancer test dies aged 25
A YOUNG bride told she was too young for a smear test has died of a rare form of cervical cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stigma around gynaecological cancers costs lives
Embarrassment or shame linked to ideas of sexual promiscuity prevents women from seeking helpRelated items from OnMedicaBeta blockers appear to lengthen survival in ovarian cancerThink tank calls on GPs to give ‘on the spot’ smear testsHPV vaccine protects from cervical abnormalitiesThe pill could give long-term protection against womb cancerSome doctors misunderstand smear test says GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 1, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health & Wellness winner: Kim Stebbings
Dysis Medical Title: U.S. president Kim Stebbings grew the sales, marketing and customer support team at Anodyne Therapy, an under-the-radar medical equipment brand, from $600,000 to $29 million in revenue. There, she also built an 80-person sales team. At DySIS Medical, she was hired to launch a first-class cervical imaging system to be used on women with abnormal pap smears to improve detection of cervical pre-cancers. During the company’s first year, a newly hired team of 21 sales and clinical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 31, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rachel Sarjantson dies from cervical cancer after being turned down for a smear test
Rachel Sarjantson, 24, a mother-of-one from Blackpool, has died from cervical cancer after being denied a smear test because she was too young. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young mother dies following year-long battle with cervical cancer because she was too young for a smear test
Her family has described her death as "completely avoidable" (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cervical cancer died mother HPV jab young women cervical screening Source Type: news

How One Sexual Assault Survivor Is Helping Others Take Back Their Bodies
Olivia was a preteen when her mother died of ovarian cancer. One year later, she was raped.  When Olivia reached her 20s, her doctor began encouraging her to have regular cervical smear tests. But Olivia found pap smears invasive and traumatizing -- they reminded her of being raped.  "I couldn’t have [the test]," Olivia, now in her 30s, told The Huffington Post under the condition that her real name would not be used due to privacy concerns. "It’s not because I didn’t try. I tried really hard for a whole decade to have one and I gave up." Olivia attended seven diffe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smear tests and the reason why four women are skipping them
Despite cases of cervical cancer increasing in young women, more than one million Brits are still skipping their smear tests. These women tell FEMAIL why they have been avoiding the procedure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannot recognise this person – Paula’s story
The post Cannot recognise this person – Paula’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. Well, it all began with a routine smear test march 2013 and a polyp was found. After having a ultrasound scan and booked in for day surgery for removal of polyp and biopsy in April 2013, back to my doctor told everything all right, so I get on with my life unaware that things where not right. About July 2014 had a slight discharge went back to doctor’s another ultrasound scan which show 3 polyps in the womb. An appointment was made with a consultant who found my notes from 2013 only to apologise that I had be...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 9, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories atypical hyperplasia uterine cancer Source Type: news

A year without a uterus – Saizo’s story
The post A year without a uterus – Saizo’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I went for visual inspection of the cervix on the 10th of April 2013; since this was a free service and being a nurse I had better chances of being screened for cervical cancer by my colleagues. The nurse gave me the positive results and we awaited the arrival of the Doctor to confirm the diagnosis. However the Dr said it was probably an infection and I was given some painkillers and had a follow up VIAC done; after taking the antibiotics which was clear. I had a pap smear which showed some pre-cancerous cells. I then c...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 9, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer Source Type: news

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue
If you've ever had to request time off of work for a doctor's appointment and lost pay for that day, or remain one of the millions without health insurance because you can't afford it, or don't earn enough to pay for an annual pap smear that could be life-saving, then you deeply understand why reproductive healthcare is inherently an economic justice issue. Reproductive justice recognizes that women, particularly women of color and poor women, face intersecting oppressions based on race, ethnicity, cultural identity, class and gender identity that disproportionately burden them in most areas of their lives. These interfaci...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jade Pateman told she was 'too young' for smear test has cervical cancer
Jade Pateman, from Shildon, County Durham, is now campaigning for the cervical screening age to be lowered from 25 to 20 after being told she has between just 18 months and two years to live. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can patient navigators reduce no-shows for cancer screening follow-up?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital reported a 20 percent decline in the rate of missed appointments for cervical cancer evaluation following a Pap smear when a patient navigator program was initiated at the referral center. The impact of the program and the main reasons for patient no-shows are explored in an article in Journal of Women's Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 23, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New Pap smear schedule led to fewer chlamydia tests, new U-M study suggests
(University of Michigan Health System) It's a tale of two tests: one for early signs of cervical cancer, the other for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. But a change in the recommended schedule for one may have dramatically lowered the chances that young women would get the other, a new study finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 20, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story
The post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – my experience first 6 weeks, Karen’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I am 43 yrs old, have suffered abnormal smear test results, endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes since my early 20’s, resulting in four unsuccessful rounds of IVF treatment, and more recently, increased heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle. Prior to Christmas (2014) I underwent my third laparoscopy, in which large cysts were found on one ovary. Due to my history, I was offered a hysterectomy and given the choice of partial or total removal. From research, I believed mysel...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 19, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Women's Health endometriosis total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news

Obamacare insanity: so-called 'tax' covers pap smears and mammograms for transgender men
(NaturalNews) In Brave New America, simply acknowledging the historical value of a flag that has always stood for states' rights can earn you the scarlet letter title of "racist." If you're an American parent, you also stand to be accused of child abuse if you refuse to inject your... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'A national hero': psychologist who warned of torture collusion gets her due
Jean Maria Arrigo was largely ignored and the subject of a smear campaign for sounding alarms about psychologists’ post-9/11 torture complicity but has emerged from the damning report as the story’s hero – and martyrJean Maria Arrigo’s inbox is filling up with apologies.For a decade, colleagues of the 71-year-old psychologist ignored, derided and in some cases attacked Arrigo for sounding alarms that the American Psychological Association was implicated in US torture. But now that a devastating report has exposed deep APA complicity with brutal CIA and US military interrogations – and a smear ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Spencer Ackerman in New York Tags: Torture September 11 2001 Doctors Psychology US news Source Type: news

CMS to Cover HPV Testing With Pap Smear to Screen for Cervical Cancer
CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 11, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New screening method every five years to replace pap smear
Under the Federal Government's recently announced budget, changes to the way women are screened for cervical cancer will spell the end of the pap smear every two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Siobhan Galbraith diagnosed with cancer after being denied smear test three times
Siobhan Galbraith, 21, from Birmingham, said she was denied the smear test on every occasion and is now receiving radiotherapy - leaving her unable to have more children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news