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  1. Study: Newer Birth Control Pills May Double Blood Clot Risk

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Women who take newer birth control pills appear to get dangerous blood clots in their veins about twice as often as women on an older pill formulation. That was the finding of one of the largest studies ever to look at the link between blood clots and hormonal contraception. Still,

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  2. HPV May Be Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke in Women

    Oct. 24, 2011 -- It's well known that several types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause most cases of cervical cancer. Now new research suggests that some of these same types of HPV may also increase a woman's likelihood of having a heart attack and/or stroke -- even without any other risk factors.

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  3. Alicia Keys Gives Back to Kids Affected by HIV and AIDS

    Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, 30, had her first baby more than a year ago, a handsome bundle of joy named Egypt. He has "the most perfect eyes and beautiful nose, the sweetest lips, and skin so soft and kissable! Never have I felt such disbelief, such awe, humility, godlines

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  4. Experimental Gene Therapy May Control HIV

    Sept. 19, 2011 (Chicago) -- Researchers report that they have taken a small step toward developing a gene-based treatment that aims to control HIV without drugs in some patients -- and could lead to a "functional cure." Researchers say a functional cure may occur when the patient would still be infe

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  5. Birth Control Pills Recalled

    Sept. 16, 2011 -- Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling multiple lots of its birth control pills because of a packaging error that may leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Select blister packs of the birth control pills were rotated 180 degree

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  6. Lifestyle Changes May Improve Erectile Dysfunction

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- We know that eating a healthy diet that's loaded with fruits and veggies, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a normal weight will help reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. Now new research shows that these same lifestyle changes may be effective in improving erectil

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  7. IUDs for Birth Control May Cut Cervical Cancer Risk

    Sept. 12, 2011 -- Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control, even for a short time, have a lower cervical cancer risk than those with no history of IUD use, new research suggests. Compared to women who had never used an IUD, the international study found that those who had used the

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  8. Under 3 Doses of HPV Vaccine May Be Effective

    Sept. 9, 2011 -- One or two doses of a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer may be just as effective as three doses, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute. But investigators say more years of follow-up are needed to confirm the findings. If confirmed, the research could have a

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  9. New Study May Aid Search for AIDS Vaccine

    Aug. 17, 2011 -- In the spring of 1997, then-president Bill Clinton called for an effective AIDS vaccine within a decade. Fourteen years and billions of research dollars later, a vaccine to prevent HIV infection remains an elusive goal. International efforts to develop a useful HIV vaccine have prov

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  10. FDA Approves Once-Daily HIV Pill Complera

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Gilead's Complera, the second complete HIV treatment in a single, once-daily pill. Complera is a combination of Truvada (which combines the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors Emtriva and Viread) and the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor Edu

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