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1:49pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Girls Vaccinated For HPV Not More Likely To Be Sexually Active

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:49 pm

An 18-year-old girl winces as she has her third and final shot of the HPV vaccine.
John Amis AP

Giving the human papillomavirus vaccine to teenage girls doesn't increase the likelihood that they will be sexually active, according to a new study.

That may help put parents at ease; the notion of vaccinating 11- and 12-year-old girls for a sexually transmitted virus has made some uncomfortable, and is one reason why only a little more than half of teenage girls have had the vaccine.

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10:05am

Mon October 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Brain Scientists Uncover New Links Between Stress And Depression

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:10 am

Scientists say they're learning more about how to keep stress from damaging mental health.
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Even extreme stress doesn't have to get you down.

That's the message from brain scientists studying the relationship between stress and problems such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans presented studies showing how stress caused by everything from battlefield trauma to bullying can alter brain circuitry in ways that have long-term effects on mental health.

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6:25am

Mon October 15, 2012
Health

In Fear Of The Health Care Law

Ann Imse Colorado Public News

Voters at a recent rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cited not just disagreement, but outright fear of the new health care law.

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1:29am

Mon October 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Spray Lights Up The Chemical That Causes Poison Ivy Rash

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:17 pm

Urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy, is also harvested from the Japanese lacquer tree to coat lacquerware. Here, a rash caused by lacquerware that likely was not properly cured.
Kenji Kabashima

You'd think that someone who is a science correspondent and is as allergic to poison ivy as I am would have heard of urushiol, but no. I didn't recognize the word when I saw it a week or so ago. Now, thanks to my new beat (Joe's Big Idea), I'm allowed to dig a little deeper into stories, and what I learned about urushiol is pretty amazing.

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1:28am

Mon October 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 5:59 am

A tiny bacteriophage virus can cripple the bacteria that cause troublesome acne on teens' skin.
Charles Bowman University of Pittsburgh

Acne, the scourge of many an adolescent life, is getting harder to treat, but 80 percent of teenagers have some form of it.

Conventional treatment includes topical and oral antibiotics. Studies are now finding the bacteria that cause acne are increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment. Alternatively, there are effective laser treatments. But these are costly and typically not covered by insurance.

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