Health Alert 10-22-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

October 22, 2012 - A study finds that girls that receive the HPV vaccine by the time they are 11 to 12 year old, do not show clinical markers of increased sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. According to the study published online monday by the Journal Pediatrics, researchers followed these young girls for three years and found no statistically significant difference between the groups as they came of age sexually, no difference in having taken a pregnancy test, been tested for stds, or been counseled for the use of contraceptives. HPV can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women, and genital warts and anal cancer in both men and women, the vaccine can prevent hpv infection and thus prevent cases of these cancers,

Also, another study in Pediatrics finds kids who get less than the recommended amount of sleep are more likely to be cranky. Researchers found children ages 7 to 11 who slept an average of 54 minutes less, were more temperamental. They also found kids were able to regulate their emotions and focus in schools if they were given an extra 27 minutes of sleep. An estimated 64 percent of school-aged children go to be later than 9 pm. experts recommend children sleep 10 to 11 hours a night.

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