ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
CANCER
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma 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.

More information

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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