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  1. FDA: Stronger Labeling Needed for Newer Contraceptives

    Dec. 9, 2011 -- An FDA panel has voted 15-11 that the benefits of newer oral contraceptives outweigh their risks of dangerous blood clots. But the panel voted 21-5 that the contraceptives’ labels don’t adequately reflect that risk/benefit profile. The newer oral contraceptives, which contain the man

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  2. Plan B: Sebelius Overrules FDA, Nixes Sale Without ID

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Plan B One-Step -- the emergency contraceptive "morning-after pill" -- will remain hidden behind pharmacy counters. Girls under age 17 will still need a prescription. Teva Pharmaceuticals had petitioned the FDA to allow stores to put Plan B on shelves with other family-planning produ

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  3. Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Infection Under Control

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans with HIV don’t have their infection under control. That’s in large part because they may not know they have HIV or because they aren’t taking drugs that suppress the virus, according to a new study from the CDC. The study is published in the Morbid

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  4. Higher Cancer Risk in People With HIV

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- People with HIV infection have a higher risk of many kinds of cancer -- but not all the risk is due to the AIDS virus. The finding comes from a study comparing 1996-2008 medical records of nearly 21,000 people with HIV to those of over 215,000 matched people without HIV. That was en

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  5. 2011: Turning Point in World AIDS Pandemic?

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- World AIDS deaths and new HIV infections have each dropped 21% since the peak of the AIDS pandemic, according to the latest United Nations report. It's the most optimistic report since the beginning of the epidemic. For the first time, the U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is able t

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  6. Chlamydia Tops List of STDs Reported to CDC

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Half of Americans with chlamydia don't know it, yet it's still No. 1 among all the sexually transmitted diseases reported to public health authorities. The No. 2 reported sexually transmitted disease: gonorrhea. While gonorrhea rates remain near the record low, there are ominous sig

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  7. Nerve Damage May Play a Role in ED

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- Nerve damage appears to play a bigger role in erectile dysfunction (ED) than doctors believed, Spanish researchers say. "Up to now the impact of damaged nerves ... on ED has been underestimated," says study researcher Consuelo Valles-Antuna, of the Hospital Universitario Central de

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  8. Taking Many Medications May Raise Risk of ED

    Nov. 15, 2011 -- The more medications a man takes, the more likely he will experience moderate or severe erectile dysfunction (ED), a new study shows. The findings held even after researchers took into account underlying health problems. The study is published online in the British Journal of Urolog

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  9. New Version of Contraceptive Implant Is Easier to Insert

    Nov. 10, 2011 -- The drugmaker Merck has introduced a new version of its long-acting contraceptive implant Implanon, designed for easier insertion and removal by health care professionals. The new version of the contraceptive is called Nexplanon. Like Implanon, it is a progestin-only hormonal birth

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  10. 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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