| Aug 27, 2012
| 4:58 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics is modifying its stance on circumcision for the first time in more than a decade, acknowledging that the health benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure, which involves removing the foreskin of a baby boy's penis....
| Feb 17, 2012
Free HPV vaccine
The health department will provide free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine, Gardasil, is available for both males and females ages 9 to 26. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. The clinic will...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 12:33 PM
Many women became used to having a Pap smear annually to check for cervical cancer, but recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have updated the timeline. Now, most women will need the test every five years. Cancer experts...
| Apr 9, 2014
Q: I'm 71 years old. Do I need Pap tests at my age?
A: The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer is a remarkable medical success story.
After the introduction of regular screening by Pap smears, cervical cancer rates began to go down...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have genital warts, both on the penis and anus. What treatments are available?
A: Warts are caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of papillomavirus. Most warts do not cause cancer, but certain...
| Dec 18, 2013
An email with the subject line "OMG" recently came from one of our mothers, and it contained chilling information about the HPV vaccine. "200 people have died from it," Mom claimed, "and it does not even last long enough to prevent cervical cancer."
| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:31 PM
Although HPV vaccinations can reduce the risk of cancer-causing infections in adolescent girls by half, immunization rates across the United States have stalled over the last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
| Nov 28, 2013
| 2:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it safe to treat warts with duct tape? The over-the-counter treatments we've tried have not worked for my daughter.
ANSWER: Although it may sound a little odd, research has shown that covering a wart with duct tape can be a safe...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.
In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Katie Couric may want to brush up on her reporting skills before she takes on her new role as "global anchor" at Yahoo!, according to a number of critics displeased with a report about the HPV vaccine on her syndicated talk show, "Katie."
In a segment...
| Dec 18, 2013
Lung cancer kills three times more Virginians each year than any other cancer. In its soon-to-be-released annual report, the Virginia Cancer Registry revealed that though its incidence ranks third to prostate and breast cancer, lung cancer has by far...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:11 PM
Virginia scores better than most in its ability to protect its residents against infectious disease outbreaks, according to a report released Tuesday by Trust for America's Health, TFAH, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Virginia had a positive...