ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
CANCER
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
DIABETES
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Eat Light - Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection

TUESDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Two extra steps may improve the accuracy of cervical cancer screening, a new study claims.

A Pap smear is the standard test, but findings in the Jan. 13 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute call for patients to get human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing first and then again after the Pap smear if they have HPV infections.

The study, led by Dr. Joakim Dillner of Lund University in Sweden, found this screening approach improved detection of precancerous growths with minimal increase in false-positive tests.

In tests done on more than 6,200 women, those found to have HPV infections through the primary screening went on to have a standard Pap test; those with normal Pap smears were given a repeat HPV DNA test at least one year later. The method found 30 percent more cases of cervical cancer, but with only 12 percent more tests required.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about cervical cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, news release, Jan. 13, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 13, 2009

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