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The benefits of the human papillomavirus vaccine far outweigh risks. VCU CNS/Flickr

Four things you should know about HPV vaccinations

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has attracted attention in the past week for two contradictory reasons: the Japanese government has withdrawn its recommendation for the shot, while public health…
Michael Douglas' claim that his throat cancer was caused by HPV should provide the push to protect at-risk groups. PA/Julien Behal

Douglas cancer claim shows it’s time to vaccinate boys against HPV

Actor Michael Douglas' claim that his throat cancer was caused by human papillomavirus - or HPV - has generated lots of publicity. But head and neck cancers are still thankfully still very rare. They are…
There’s virtually no difference in cancer incidence between women aged 20-24 years who screened are and those who are not. Spirit-Fire/Flickr

Cervical cancer screening shouldn’t start until 25

Women in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will all soon be advised to start screening for cervical cancer at 25 years, and those aged between 50 and 64 years to screen every five years rather…
A major US study has added support to the safety of the HPV vaccine. AAP

Study should dispel HPV vaccine myths

A large US study has added further support to the safety of the Australian-developed human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4…
The value of medical research extends beyond pure economics. Flickr/left hand

How does medical research deliver value for money?

The Federal Government’s main medical research funding body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), last week announced its 2011 program and development grants, and postgraduate scholarship…
Michelle Bachmann is not an authority on HPV vaccination but may negatively influence the vaccine’s uptake in the United States. Gage Skidmore

Michele Bachmann and vaccines: if only we could vaccinate against HPV rumours

Michele Bachmann’s unfounded statement about HPV vaccination and mental retardation couldn’t be further from the truth. But the damage her statements may cause is even more disturbing than what she says…

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