Vaccine Blocks Most Cervical Cancers (and other news on the medical front)
There is good news, though. Merck has announced that a trial of their new vaccine, "Gardasil", blocks essentially 100% of HPV-16 and HPV-18 caused cervical cancer. As a bonus, it also provides immunity to HPV-6 and HPV-11, which cause 90% of genital warts. GlaxoSmithKline has a similar vaccine, Cervarix, that is scheduled to be on the market in 2007.Ideally children, both boys (who can be carriers) and girls, would be immunized, but Merck's study showed the vaccine was effective in adult women.
Hopefully, this doesn't turn out to be "too good to be true".
Read the full story at the LA Times.
In other news:
- Deadly 1918 influenza virus (killer of 50 million) brought back to life
- Pandemic influenza awareness week: Adventures with Avian Flu
- Cranberry and Oregano Make Seafood Safe to Eat
- "Fear of falling gait" can cause falls
- Antibody to a naturally-occurring sugar chain in colon inhibits inflammatory bowel disease
Tags: medicine, science, virus