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

HPV ‘herd immunity’ now helping vaccinated, unvaccinated women

Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has spurred a widespread reduction of infections among young Americans — including those who are unvaccinated, a new government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the impact of the nation’s HPV vaccination program, which began in 2006.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts. While that disease is usually minor, certain HPV infections can become persistent and eventually cause 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, menopause symptoms and chronic health issues get in the way.

That’s among the findings from the latest University of Michigan Poll on Healthy Aging, which surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. women ages 50 to 80.

Overall, 43% said they were sexually active, be that intercourse, foreplay and caressing, or masturbation. A similar proportion, however, were limited by health issues.

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Injections of your own fat could help arthritic hands

Liposuction typically is used to flatten your stomach or shape up your booty, but a new study argues that it could also help people suffering from arthritis of the fingers.

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

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

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Estrogen may help fight severe COVID-19

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

British researchers who tracked more than 5,400 women with COVID during 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.

Nearly 5% of women in the study had been taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) before their COVID diagnosis.

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