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11:42am

Sun July 21, 2013
Health

Cancer Concerns With Colorado's Drilling, Fracking Boom

As gas and oil drilling are reaching all-time highs in Colorado, drilling is occurring closer to schools and residential neighborhoods, like this one in Fort Collins.
David O. Williams Colorado Public News

4:44am

Sat July 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:02 pm

A Yemeni child receives a polio vaccine in the capital city of Sanaa. The Yemen government launched an immunization campaign last month in response to the polio outbreak in neighboring Somalia.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Somalia hadn't had a case of polio for nearly six years. But in the past few months, the virus has come back. Now the East African country has the worst polio outbreak anywhere in the world.

Twenty new cases of polio were reported this week in Somalia by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. That brings the total number of cases in the Horn of Africa to 73. The rest of the world combined has tallied only 59 cases so far this year.

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12:58pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:29 pm

Vaccines against the HPV virus are already used to prevent cervical and anal cancer.
Harry Cabluck AP

A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers.

The research doesn't show that. It would take a much bigger and longer study to do that – if such a study could ethically be done at all.

What this study does show is that among the nearly 6,000 women in the study, those who got vaccinated against two strains of the virus had 93 percent fewer HPV throat infections four years later.

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11:44am

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Tiny Rat Cocktail Parties Shed Light On Why Smokers Drink

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 9:30 am

If you were a lab rat, you might already be thinking that you want another drink.
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Scientists have spent the last five years serving up rodent-sized alcoholic drinks to hundreds of little black and white rats, after a nice hit of nicotine.

These miniature cocktail parties have provided a clearer view on why nicotine and alcohol are so often used, and abused, together.

"It's pretty well understood by most people that those who smoke are more likely to drink," John Dani, a professor of neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine, told Shots. "And these people are ten times more likely to abuse alcohol."

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11:06am

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Doctors' Questions About Guns Spark A Constitutional Fight

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:13 am

When does a gun become a personal health issue?
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To pediatricians, guns are a health issue.

Firearms remain a leading cause of death and injury for young people. The doctors say the evidence shows that homes are safer for kids, and adults for that matter, when guns aren't around.

Pediatricians say doctors should ask their patients — or their parents, in the case of very young children — if there is a gun in the house.

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