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

High levels of tooth decay found in three-year-olds
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

Wikipedia used by government to smear and defame alternative media personalities
(NaturalNews) One of the primary reasons why academic institutions prohibit the use of Wikipedia as a legitimate source for research is because the open-ended site is rife with abuse. In fact, governments around the world use it to spread false information and propaganda, as evidenced... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government considering legal action against US think-tank for running smear campaign against Indian pharma industry
Legal consultation is being pursued through India Brand Equity Foundation and preliminary opinion of our legal counsel has advised us to do it via Indian courts, said a government official. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 28, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Jess Evans who died from cervical cancer told she was 'too young' to have it
Jess Evans, 22, from Birmingham, died in February. Her mother Marie is now campaigning for the Government to lower the age at which women first have smear tests to 16. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet the snake boy who has shed his skin every 41 days since he was born
Ari Wibowo sheds his skin like a snake every two days and must constantly smear his body with moisturiser to stop it hardening and seizing up. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do not be afraid – Anna’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. First anniversary, yahoo! Time really passes. 3 September 2013 was the first major operation operation I have ever had. Imagine the paralysing fear, the anger, the confusion. I am a 51 year old Asian woman, married with 2 teenage children. I was diagnosed with Cystocele 14 years ago, right after the birth of my daughter. I felt a bulge in my vagina and often it disappeared after a good night sleep. The gynecologist who attended to m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cystocele prolapse vaginal hysterectomy Source Type: news

To have the op or not – Geri’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I’m due to have a hysterectomy in 2 months time but really unsure what to do. I’ve had the cin1 strain, which then went up to cin2. I have had three treatments done but now being told although no cells are present I have viral changes. Because of previous treatments I have no cervix wall left to do anymore treatment if next smear is abnormal. The doctor says my problem could be further up inside cervix which cannot be s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 19, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cervical cancer Source Type: news

Urine test for HPV could replace Pap smears
A study found routine urinalysis could be just as reliable at detecting risk factor for cervical cancer (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV urine test could screen for cervical cancer
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis indicates that urine tests for detecting HPV DNA might be feasible for screening women for cervical cancer based on an evidence base of 14 diverse studies involving 1,443 women. While it is feasible this type of test might be useful for screening, there were many limitations in the evidence base reviewed. This means its effectiveness as a screening tool is still up for debate and is unproven. Issues include: the large variation between individual studies for participant characteristics the large variation in estimates of test sensitivity and specificity between ind...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice Source Type: news

Could the smear test be replaced with a urine sample? Scientists hope less invasive screening method could boost attendance
But the researchers, from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, say there has been a downward trend in uptake of the smear test. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urine HPV Test as Alternative to Cervical SmearUrine HPV Test as Alternative to Cervical Smear
A simple urine test to screen for HPV is less invasive and may be more acceptable to women, but further evaluation is needed. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - September 17, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Urine HPV test could replace invasive screening
Non-invasive test could increase uptake, say authorsRelated items from OnMedicaInclude HPV in cervical screening for over-30sHPV vaccine protects from cervical abnormalitiesExperts call for wider HPV vaccinationHPV screen up to 70% better than smear test at warding off cancerFifth of women still miss cervical screen (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 17, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A cervical cancer screening you take at home: Breakthrough in HPV battle
WOMEN could be spared having to undergo smear tests after experts devised a new screening technique for cervical cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers alternative to smear
LONDON (Reuters) - A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Kenya: NGO to Offer 1 Million Free Pap Smear Tests in October
[Capital FM]Nairobi -An initiative aimed at reducing cancer amongst women in Kenya has set out to offer one million free Pap smear tests in Kenya's 47 counties next month, as the world marks cancer month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Medicines Should Be Avoided with G6PD Deficiency?
Discussion Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) is an X-linked disease that has multiple mutations. Each mutation causes a different amount of the enzyme to be produced within cells and therefore not all mutations will produce disease. Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase is an enzyme that is critical to the metabolism of all aerobic cells as it catalyzes the rate-limiting step of the pentose phosphate pathway reducing NADP to NADPH. NADPH is important for nucleic acid replication and therefore cell division. G6PD is the only source of NADPH within the cell, so deficiency makes red blood cells susceptible to he...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 15, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Pre hysterectomy, looking for support – Lisa’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 scheduled for a hysterectomy in 2 days and I am freaking out! I have been doing some research, including reading stories here and often women take medication to shrink their fibroid tumors prior to surgery. I am now wondering why my doctor would not have me do the same. My story is this, I have been having issues with heavy periods, abdominal discomfort and expanding abdomen for a couple of years now! I was feeling run down, de...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 11, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Dr Dawn Harper has smear test on LIVE TV to encourage women to have regular cervical cancer screenings
Dr Dawn Harper appeared on ITV's This Morning to have a smear test live on air to raise awareness of how important it is that every women has regular tests to help prevent cervical cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Quick Test for Malaria Shows Promise
[Guardian]OVER the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the Plasmodium parasite, which causes the disease. This approach gives an accurate count of how many parasites are in the blood - an important measure of disease severity - but is not ideal because there is potential for human error. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 4, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Small study: Text message-based cancer screening education may help at-risk minority groups
In a recent JMIR study, a team of researchers in Minnesota explored the potential of mobile health to reach people who sometimes fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. They found that a text message intervention could help Korean American women, a group that has one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 28, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized cervical cancer cervical cancer screening JMIR minority groups Pap smear Pap test text messaging University of Minnesota Source Type: news

'The death of my friend from cervical cancer shows why every woman must have a smear test'
In May this year, entrepreneur Polly Noble died of cervical cancer. Here, her friend and Wonder Women business expert Carrie Green explains why she's backing a new campaign to encourage every woman to get screened (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: carrie green female polly noble entrepreneur time to test health happiness HPV smear cancer screening jo's cervical cancer trust doctor Source Type: news

What to Expect at Your Pap Smear
A Pap smear is a screening test used to detect precancerous cells and cervical cancer in women. Learn what to expect during a Pap smear. (Source: About.com Cervical Cancer)
Source: About.com Cervical Cancer - August 26, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: cervicalcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

'Why I don't want to wait another year for a smear test'
A young woman has died of cervical cancer after being refused a smear test at the age of 24. Radhika Sanghani, the same age, asks whether the national age limit should be lowered (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: sex cervical cancer vaginal health gynaecologist women gyno screening smear test STD Source Type: news

Newlywed dies of cancer at 26 after being denied smear test because she was 'too young'
Dawn Weston, 26, and husband Dan, from East Sussex, were told in December last year her cervical cancer was incurable and she had just months to live. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news