HPV ‘herd immunity’ dramatically reduced infections, fat injections could help arthritis and other health news

HPV ‘Herd Immunity’ Now Helps Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Women

Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has led to widespread reductions in infections among young Americans — including those who are unvaccinated, according to a new government study.

The study, led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the impact of the national HPV vaccination program, which began in 2006.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts. Although this disease is usually mild, some HPV infections can become persistent and eventually lead to cancer.

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Menopause can greatly interfere with an active sex life

Many women remain sexually active into their 70s, but for others, menopausal symptoms and chronic health conditions get in the way.

That’s one of the findings of the University of Michigan’s latest Healthy Aging Survey, which surveyed more than 1,200 American women between the ages of 50 and 80.

Overall, 43% said they were sexually active, whether it was intercourse, foreplay and fondling, or masturbation. A similar proportion, however, was limited by health issues.

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Injections of your own fat could help arthritic hands

Liposuction is typically used to flatten your tummy or shape your booty, but a new study claims it may also help people with arthritis of the fingers.

Injections of body fat into painful, arthritic finger joints appear to produce significant and lasting improvements in hand function and decreased pain, German researchers report in the May issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

People who underwent the experimental procedure started out with pain levels of 6 points on a 10-point scale, but three to four years later reported arthritis pain in their finger at a median of 0.5 points.

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Estrogen may help fight severe COVID-19

Hormone replacement therapy may offer women significant protection against death from COVID-19, new research shows.

UK researchers who followed more than 5,400 women with COVID in the first half of 2020 report that those who received the supplemental estrogen were 78% less likely to die within six months of their COVID diagnosis.

Almost 5% of the women in the study were taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) before their COVID diagnosis.

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