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There’s a new cervical cancer screening option

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends HPV testing alone every five years

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SCREEN TIME Updated cervical cancer screening guidelines now include the option of having an HPV test alone, which checks a sample of cervical cells for the presence of the virus that causes nearly all cervical cancers.

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For cervical cancer screening, there’s a new option in town.

Women ages 30 to 65 can opt to have human papillomavirus, or HPV, testing alone every five years, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

HPV testing alone joins two other alternatives that are still endorsed: an HPV test plus a Pap test every five years, or a Pap test alone every three years. The guidelines, published online August 21 in JAMA, are the first update to the group’s cervical cancer screening recommendations since 2012.

Recent research has shown that HPV testing, which checks for the presence of the sexually transmitted virus in a sample of cervical cells, is better at catching precancerous lesions early than the traditional Pap test, which looks for those lesions in a cervical cell sample.

Globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women. HPV causes nearly all cervical cancers.

Genetics,, Science & Society

Americans support genetically engineering animals for people’s health

By Tina Hesman Saey 3:00pm, August 20, 2018
Genetically engineering animals is OK with Americans if it improves human health, a new poll reveals.
Astronomy

The Parker Solar Probe has launched and is on its way to explore the sun

By Lisa Grossman 8:16am, August 12, 2018
The Parker Solar Probe just took off to become the first spacecraft to visit the sun.
Health,, Animals,, Microbes

Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

By Leah Rosenbaum 9:00am, August 3, 2018
A disease caused by a parasite endemic to Asia sickened at least 12 people in eight states in the continental United States from 2011 to 2017.
Health

A new Ebola species has been found in bats in Sierra Leone

By Leah Rosenbaum 5:42pm, July 27, 2018
A sixth species of Ebola has been found, but we don’t know if it can cause disease in humans.
Health,, Neuroscience

Publicity over a memory test Trump took could skew its results

By Leah Rosenbaum 11:00am, July 16, 2018
Many media outlets reporting on President Trump’s cognitive assessment test could make it harder for doctors to use the exam to spot dementia.
Science & Society

Most Americans think funding science pays off

By Emily DeMarco 3:18pm, July 5, 2018
About 80 percent of U.S. adults say that federal spending on scientific and medical research provides value in the long run, a new survey finds.
Genetics,, Anthropology,, Animals

North America’s earliest dogs came from Siberia

By Bruce Bower 2:12pm, July 5, 2018
North America’s first dogs have few descendants alive today, a study of ancient DNA suggests.
Astronomy,, Planetary Science,, Technology

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at the asteroid Ryugu

By Maria Temming 2:58pm, June 27, 2018
The Hayabusa2 spacecraft says “hello” to near-Earth asteroid Ryugu.
Astronomy

‘Oumuamua may be a comet, not an asteroid

By Emily Conover 1:00pm, June 27, 2018
The solar system’s first known interstellar visitor doesn’t appear to be the asteroid that scientists thought it was.
Neuroscience,, Animals

How domestication changed rabbits’ brains

By Tina Hesman Saey 3:00pm, June 25, 2018
The fear centers of the brain were altered as humans tamed rabbits.
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