Middlesborough mother Amanda Booth dies of cervical cancer
Amanda Booth, 28, from Middlesborough, was diagnosed with the disease after she noticed she was bleeding, but had been too scared to go for a smear test. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anatomy Of A Smear Attack on GMO Supporting Scientists
This post was co-written with Val Giddings Recently on the Huffington Post we came across a disturbing article - an attack by Jeffrey Smith on two respected university professors who apply a critical eye to the claims made by various advocates alleging dangers to human health linked to genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) Smith, if you are not familiar with him, heads up a one-man band rabidly anti-GMO organization known as the Institute for Responsible Technology--he and his organization are controversial to say the least, but more on that later. The subject of the attack piece was co-written by University of Illin...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

9 Foods That Keep You Feeling Full Longer
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone Sticking to a low-calorie diet in an effort to lose weight immediately presents one big challenge: hunger. When you’re hungry you’ll grab the quickest food within reach and forget all your good intentions. It’s one reason why only one out of five people can last a month before falling off the diet wagon, according to a British survey. The foods you choose, however, can make all the difference between feeling hungry again within a half hour and being satisfied for several hours. “Key components of highly satisfying foods are protein and fiber,” say...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins startup could help detect ovarian cancer
By the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed in most women, it's difficult — if not impossible — to eliminate. This cancer has few early symptoms and there is no test to detect it in its earliest stages. Of the 70,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, about a third die. Johns Hopkins startup PapGene thinks it has an answer. The startup is developing a way to detect ovarian and endometiral cancers through a test similar to a pap smear, the common minimally invasive test gynecologists… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 26, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sarah Gantz Source Type: news

The Hysterectomy Post-Op – Himani’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I am 6 weeks post op now after getting a TLH (Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy) done. Have read tons of blog posts, Googled on medical information and also found answers to my never ending questions that I was never prepared for in the first place, before going in for the surgery. This is an attempt to combine as much information about the hysterectomy post-op as possible based on the above reads as well as my own experiences. First ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 23, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories recovery Source Type: news

How the Washington Post smears defenders of liberty with dishonest reporting
(NaturalNews) Political correctness. Allowable thought. Approved perspectives. Permitted speech. The political Left has a number of ways in which it seeks to control what Americans think and what they say, as well as how they perceive certain issues.Such techniques are anathema... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New HPV vaccine may protect against 90% of cervical cancers
Conclusion This double-blind randomised trial has shown that the new HPV vaccine provides increased protection from additional strains of HPV that cause cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers. Strengths of the study include: Blinding of the pathologists to the vaccine type, and blinding of the participants (they didn't know which vaccine they had been given), which reduces any bias – a double-blind randomised controlled trial is considered the gold standard of how best to assess a treatment or intervention. The large number of women included in the study, with diverse ethnic backgrounds, makes it likely that the...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medication Source Type: news

Botswana: Pap Smear Turn-Around Impressive
[Botswana Daily News]Gaborone -Pap smear turn-around time has improved from six months in 2013 to the current turn - around time of four to six weeks following outsourcing of Pap smear investigations to private facilities, says the Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical tests critical for women's health
The right medical tests can save lives, so when is the right time for women to get mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies and more? Susan McGinnis reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She Died on World Cancer Day
Her name was Kelly and she was 33 years old and she died of cervical cancer. The truth is, I would be sad any day that she died, but there is something about her leaving this world on a day where we are supposed to reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer that truly makes this even more difficult -- especially when talking about cervical cancer and its link to the human papillomavirus. I was first introduced to Kelly in December of 2011 via email through another cervical cancer advocate named Michelle. Kelly had just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and was meeting with her oncologist the next day to work out her tr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Five dental health tips to keep your child smiling
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Early childhood cavities are more common than asthma, early childhood obesity and diabetes. That’s the bad news. But the good news, says Isabelle Chase, DDS, associate in the Department of Dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital, is that dental cavities are entirely preventable. Even if your child has a history of dental cavities, her future smile can turn bright with these expert tips for life-long healthy mouth habits. Brush twice a day. Chase emphasizes the importance of brushing the te...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: Dental health Parenting Source Type: news

'I was too scared to have a smear test - but dying is worse' says mum with cervical cancer
A TERMINALLY ill mum-of-three who was afraid to have a smear test has created a bucket list so she can make precious memories with her family in the time she has left. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What You Should Know Before You Schedule Your Next Doctor Appointment
Before we were able to Google our every itch and twinge and ache, we had very different relationships with our doctors. “In the early years of my career, information was something the doctor had and the patient didn’t,” Dr. Michael L. LeFevre, a professor and physician at the University of Missouri, tells The Huffington Post. Today, he says, patients bring their information to him for his input. “They want my opinion about how good the information is and what it means and how to interpret it for them in their lives.” Of course, the Internet is rife with misinformation, and sometimes a well-m...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There's something wrong with my vagina, but I'm too scared to see the doctor. Help
Dr Petra Boynton, the Telegraph's sex and relationships expert, offers advice to a reader concerned about visiting the GP with an intimate problem (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: worried sex discharge genitals vagina pain penis smear test bleeding virgin frightened smell vulva doctor Source Type: news

'Smear for smear' campaign leaves many uncomfortable
The current #smearforsmear campaign may be well intended but risks overlooking and even trivialising the seriousness of the situation for many women. Let’s change the way we do this Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 30, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Vicki Jamieson Tags: Science Women Health & wellbeing Health policy Science and nature Cancer Society Source Type: news

Cervical smear tests less regular among older women
CervicalCheck says Irish over-50s seek fewer screenings as European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week continues (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - January 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: Everything you need to know about smear tests
CERVICAL cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, which is a travesty as it's one of the few that can actually be prevented (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chef, 30, who ignored smear test letters for EIGHT YEARS is left infertile by cervical cancer treatment
Lindsay Davies, from Nottinghamshire, shunned the screening because she was 'embarrassed' by the thought of medical staff examining her. She needed a hysterectomy to get rid of the tumour. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cervical cancer rates in under 35s soar as number having smear tests fall
The charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has launched a new social media campaign #smearforsmear (pictured) to encourage more young women to ensure they have their regular smear tests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Increase in number of young British women being diagnosed with cervical cancer
A new study has found the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer under 35 has risen, while the number attending smear tests has fallen to an all time low (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: lipstick cervical cancer prevention week facebook social media charity jo's trust twitter screening smear test Source Type: news

Why Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Doesn't Believe In Annual Physical Exams
Bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel made waves earlier this month with his New York Times op-ed about how annual physical exams — arguably the cornerstone of preventive medicine — are a waste of time and money. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Emanuel continued to make his case against the preventive health measure in an interview with HuffPost Live’s Jonathan Cohn, saying that overwhelming data from studies involving tens of thousands of people show that the annual exam makes no difference when it comes to improving health outcomes or extending lives. Of course, Emanuel clarified, his p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Doesn't Believe In Annual Physical Exams
Bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel made waves earlier this month with his New York Times op-ed about how annual physical exams — arguably the cornerstone of preventive medicine — are a waste of time and money. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Emanuel continued to make his case against the preventive health measure in an interview with HuffPost Live’s Jonathan Cohn, saying that overwhelming data from studies involving tens of thousands of people show that the annual exam makes no difference when it comes to improving health outcomes or extending lives. Of course, Emanuel clarified, his p...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

January Cervical Cancer Month: Progress Is Promising
January is Cervical Cancer Month. So it is time to look at what has been accomplished recently in control of this disease. Getting treatment for advanced cervical cancer is challenging. Patients often have pelvic pain, sometimes with blockage of intestines and the urinary tract. Regrettably many patients have fistulas (holes) develop where they leak urine or stool through the skin, vagina or bladder. These are cruel consequences of failed cancer control. About 13,000 women will develop cervical cancer every year, and tragically 4,000 will die of the illness. In 2014, the FDA approved a new treatment for advanced cervical...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Docs suggest HPV screening first for cervical cancer
(Reuters Health) - Two medical organizations have recommended testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV) to screen women for cervical cancer before using a Papanicolaou – or Pap – smear for screening. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

One Extra Second In 2015 Could Break The Internet
This June, scientists will add exactly one second to the clock, a seemingly minor alteration that could wreak havoc for computers and websites across the globe. The last time a "leap second" was added -- June 2012 -- sites like Reddit, Gawker, LinkedIn and Yelp experienced temporary service disruptions. According to Wired, Reddit was down for about an hour and a half -- not such a big deal for what is essentially a massive online bulletin board. Unfortunately, the problem also extended to Amadeus Altea, a large airline reservation system. That reportedly disrupted flight plans for both Qantas and Virgin Australi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening
An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Colour to dye for: What do we know about the risks involved with colouring your hair?
Every two months, Barclay Cunningham goes through a process that begins with taking an antihistamine tablet. After a few hours, she smears a thick layer of antihistamine cream across her forehead, around her ears and over her neck. Finally, she shields the area with ripped-up plastic carrier bags. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - January 5, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Features Source Type: news

Hurry up January 21st 2015 – Vorrie’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I got my period at age 14, my mother never told me what to expect and since I started on a plane from UK to US, I was convinced the cabin pressure had ruptured something inside me and I was going to bleed out. I was reassured that was not the case. My teenage years were miserable, never had a period less than 10 days with heavy bleeding and huge (I am talking clots that would each fill a bowl). Since I was not yet sexually active I ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 22, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories heavy bleeding Source Type: news

Cancer Tests to Know for 2015
Every day, we hear about new medical innovations that are leading us toward game-changing treatments and cures for a wide range of cancers. Still, the Holy Grail for surviving a cancer diagnosis continues to be early detection. Most of us are rightly guided to key lifesaving cancer screenings by our primary care physicians. Mammography and pap smears are routine parts of annual wellness visits for most women. Everyone over age 50 is guided toward colonoscopy. Now, after a nearly decade's long effort that included validation by the National Cancer Institute, there is a new tool in the cancer screening arsenal -- and it...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS to Consider Covering HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer
CMS has accepted the AAFP's request to begin a national coverage analysis on expanding coverage for cervical cancer screening in women ages 30-65 to include HPV testing along with Pap smear every five years. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CMS to Consider Covering HPV Testing
CMS has accepted the AAFP's request to begin a national coverage analysis on expanding coverage for cervical cancer screening in women ages 30-65 to include HPV testing along with Pap smear every five years. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - December 19, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level
UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. It may prove especially useful in remote areas and in cases where large numbers of samples need to be examined quickly. The microscope is the latest in a series of computational imaging and diagnostic devices developed in the lab of Aydogan Ozcan, the Chancellor...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 18, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Potential new tool for cervical cancer detection, diagnosis
Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992. In the last two decades, better treatment outcomes and more powerful imaging techniques have steadily pushed 5-year survival rates ever higher. The latest weapons in modern medicine's arsenal are two new vaccines that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for preventing this type of cancer altogether. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Derry woman died from cervical cancer at 23 after being refused smear test
Sorcha Glenn, 23, from Derry, asked for a smear test as her grandmothers had died of cancer. She was refused, but later presented with bleeding, and a tests confirmed she had cervical cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OPINION: Stand in Solidarity with Courageous Women’s Human Rights Defenders
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has extensive experience in international diplomacy and the protection of human rights.By Zeid Ra'ad Al HusseinUNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2014 (IPS)Almost two decades ago, in Beijing, 189 countries made a commitment to achieve equality for women, in practice and in law, so that all women could at last fully enjoy their rights and freedoms as equal human beings.They adopted a comprehensive and ambitious plan to guarantee women the same rights as men to be educated and develop their potential. The same rights as men to choose their profession...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zeid Raad Al Hussein Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Source Type: news

Aimee Willett's first smear test revealed she has terminal cancer 
Aimee Willett, 26, of Sittingbourne, Kent (pictured right), is calling for the national smear test age to be lowered, as she was found to have cancer on her first test at age 25. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mum, 26, faces last Christmas with her sons after first smear test finds terminal cancer
A YOUNG mother facing her last Christmas has demanded the NHS lowers the age of smear testing - after being diagnosed with cervical cancer at her first check (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TB treatment could be shortened, show trials
The effectiveness of the four-month regimen was proved on the basis of recurrence levels, number of patients testing negative in sputum smears and adverse effects to the drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 25, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

TB treatment could be shortened, show trials
The effectiveness of the four-month regimen was proved on the basis of recurrence levels, number of patients testing negative in sputum smears and adverse effects to the drugs. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Study finds that women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive three cancer screenings: mammography, clinical breast exams and PAP smears. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 21, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Key biotech journalist in smear campaign of Seralini completely discredited
(NaturalNews) Jon Entine -- biotech shill, character assassination operative, Forbes.com writer and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, George Mason University and the University of California at Davis -- has a long history of smearing anyone who dares to speak well-researched... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola Fundamentally Alters the Doctor-Patient Relationship
MONROVIA -- Six months ago I cared for Sharon, a 50-year-old woman who had traveled from California's central valley to UC San Francisco for specialized care. For months she and her family had noticed an insidious onset of jaundice. Over several months the yellowing spread slowly, but unrelentingly, like mold creeping along the walls of a water-damaged home. One morning Sharon looked in the mirror and startled herself. She no longer recognized her once vibrant visage. Two weeks later, after a CT scan revealed a plum-sized mass at the head of her pancreas, she came to UCSF for a biopsy and diagnosis. I met her with my tea...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hospital whistleblower Jean Haydr forced out of work by smear campaign
Jean Haydr, 48, was set to be promoted to senior nurse at Tameside General Hospital, Greater Manchester when she was sacked in 2013 following false allegations by other nurses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergan says it stands by statements on Valeant
Allergan says there's no evidence to back claims by hostile suitors Valeant Pharmaceuticals and hedge mogul William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management that Allergan CEO David Pyott led a smear campaign against them. Pershing Square Capital Management, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Allergan Inc.News Well, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wall Street Beatread more (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - October 21, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Source Type: news

Woman discovers she has TWO wombs and TWO cervixes after routine smear test
Jane Woodhead, 38, from Barry, Wales, went for a routine smear test and was amazed to find she was born with two wombs, a condition called 'uterus didelphys' which carries risks during pregnancy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older adults satisfied with aging more likely to seek health screenings
Adults over 50 who feel comfortable about aging are more proactive in getting preventive health care services, a new study has found. For women, they received a mammogram/X-ray or pap smear with greater frequency. Men made medical appointments more often to get a prostate exam, the study showed. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 16, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Detection of End-Stage Apoptosis by ApopTag® TUNEL Technique
DNA fragmentation, the end stage of apoptosis, is the measure of ultimate demise of the cell. A convenient method for examining apoptosis via DNA fragmentation is by the Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (Tdt) dUTP Nick-End Labeling (TUNEL) assay where the DNA strand breaks are detected by enzymatically labeling the free 3′-OH termini with modified nucleotides. ApopTag® kits detect single-stranded and double-stranded breaks associated with apoptosis. This technique is also helpful to distinguish between apoptotic and necrotic cell death where the latter is associated with random DNA fragment lengths producing...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Cancer Research - October 15, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Government initiates legal action against US think tank over slur on India's pharma industry
The government has taken strong objection to the "smear campaign" being orchestrated by the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI). (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 3, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Early Diagnosis of Intravascular Large B-Cell LymphomaEarly Diagnosis of Intravascular Large B-Cell Lymphoma
A 60-year old woman presented with autoimmune hemolytic anemia and fevers. What did the peripheral blood smear reveal? Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

One in eight three-year-olds has tooth decay
Conclusion There are two important steps you can take to protect your children's teeth against tooth decay: limit their consumption of sugar, especially sugary drinks make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste Sugar Sugar causes tooth decay. Children who eat sweets every day have nearly twice as much decay as children who eat sweets less often. This is caused not only by the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks, but by how often the teeth are in contact with the sugar. This means sweet drinks in a bottle or feeder cup and lollipops are particularly damaging because they ba...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news