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Home-testing kits for HPV may soon be available for consumers

Some home-testing kits for the human papillomavirus (HPV) can accurately detect precancerous cervical cells with almost the same accuracy as a clinical test and may soon be made available to patients by their physicians, a new European study announced. Researchers with the Unit of Cancer Epidemiology at the Scientific Institute of Public Health in Brussels said, however, that the home tests are not a foolproof method of detecting precancerous growth so they would not recommend that the tests be used as an effective way of diagnosing HPV. The test does hold promise as being an effective public health tool, much ... Read More

FDA warns of fires associated with OTC wart removers

Some over-the-counter wart removers that work by freezing the wart have caught fire during home use, harming some people or setting fire to items around the house, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. Since 2009, 14 complaints with cryogenic wart removers have been reported to the FDA. The products are a mixture of liquid dimethyl ether and propane, and the labels already state that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources, and cigarettes. In three of the reports, a candle was nearby, but in the other 11, the FDA says there were no other ... Read More

Nearly 750,000 Gardasil vaccines recalled due to possible contamination

Hundreds of thousands of Gardasil vaccines are being recalled because they may be contaminated with little bits of glass, according to a statement released by Merck & Co. While no injuries have been reported, if administered, the contaminated vaccines may cause health complications such as a reaction at the injection site. Nearly 750,000 vaccines are involved in the recall, however Merck says only about 10 vials may have been affected. The problem stems from a breakdown in production. The affected vaccines were distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico between Aug. 20, 2013 and Oct. 9, 2013. Nearly half of the ... Read More

Two autopsies reveal Gardasil antigens entered brain, potentially triggering inflammation and death

A postmortem analysis of two girls from different parts of the world who died after receiving injections of Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has uncovered some astonishing evidence that components of the vaccine may be capable of triggering auto-immune diseases and even death. The study, conducted by Dr. Chris Shaw of the University of British Columbia and Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic from the Neural Dynamics Research Group in Vancouver, and published in the journal Pharmaceutical Regulator Affairs, examined brain tissue samples taken from the deceased girls. The researchers found particles of two HPV antigens used by Merck to produce the ... Read More

New study finds black women more prone to HPV infection, cervical cancer

A new study conducted at the University of South Carolina indicates human papillomavirus (HPV) infections tend to last longer in college-age black females than in their white peers, potentially exposing them to a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. Dr. Kim Creek, vice-chair and professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Charleston, told HealthDay his study of HPV infection amongst women enrolled at the University of South Carolina suggests black women “are more likely to have persistent high-risk HPV infection.” HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts. If left untreated, ... Read More

Gardasil safety trials relied on “guesswork,” critics say

Merck’s Gardasil human paillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could pose a significant health threat to the public because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relied on guesswork when it approved the drug, says Dr. Hanan Polansky of the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD), a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the underlying causes of cancer and other systemic diseases. That guesswork, Dr. Polansky says, involved Merck scientists using “surrogate endpoints” in clinical safety trials of Gardasil rather than focusing on the effect of the HPV vaccine directly on the development of cancer. Clinical drug trials that aim to demonstrate ... Read More

Is borax responsible for Gardasil’s adverse side effects?

When French leaders voted to halt the sale and distribution of Merck’s human papilllomavirus (HPV) vaccine in France pending the results of a risk-benefit analysis, they said a number of questions about the vaccine remained unanswered. One of those questions involves the presence of borax in the drug — a substance that scientists, the French lawmakers said, don’t fully understand in terms of its effects on human health over a long period of time. Borax, a boric acid salt also known as sodium borate, is a common ingredient found in rat poison, pesticides, and various commercial applications such as flame ... Read More

Gardasil distribution stalled in France pending government-ordered study

The distribution of Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has been halted in France, where a government-appointed group of immunologists and other researchers has been formed to determine if the benefits of the vaccine are worth the risks. As in the United States, Gardasil has become a “thorny subject” in France, with many parents suspicious of the vaccine’s benefits and fearful of its risks, according to France’s Le Point. Data pulled from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows that from the time Gardasil was introduced in 2006 until September 15, 2011, 20,096 adverse events following the vaccine ... Read More

Less frequent pap testing won’t increase cervical cancer death rate, authorities say

New guidelines established by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for an end to annual Pap smear tests, recommending instead that women be tested once every three to five years. But as opponents of the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have pointed out, Pap tests are the best protection against cervical cancer resulting from human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. So why would trusted medical authorities call for less Pap screening? Dr. Michael LeFevre, co-vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, told the Associated Press that studies demonstrate the cervical cancer death rate is ... Read More

Group offers support network for girls injured by Gardasil

Girls who believe they have been harmed by Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and their families shouldn’t have to feel alone when dealing with the devastating effects many people believe the drug can have, thanks to an international outreach of volunteers who can help answer questions and provide emotional support. The Guardian Angels, a support group encompassing 23 states and eight countries (including the United States), is made up of 42 volunteers who share knowledge and even personal — in some cases tragic — experience with the Gardasil vaccine. “We would eventually like to have a Guardian Angel in every ... Read More