Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://wesa.fm en Hepatitis Bill Promotes Quicker Testing http://wesa.fm/post/hepatitis-bill-promotes-quicker-testing <p>Nearly 200,000 Pennsylvanians have hepatitis C and don’t know it, and new legislation could help them find out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill would require health care providers to offer hepatitis C testing to baby boomers, people born between 1945 and 1965.</span></p><p>Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford), the bill sponsor, said a greater emphasis on testing would save lives.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:58:11 +0000 Julian Routh 26177 at http://wesa.fm PA Senator Works to Ban E-Cigarette Sale to Minors http://wesa.fm/post/pa-senator-works-ban-e-cigarette-sale-minors <p>State Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) wants the commonwealth to become the 21<sup>st</sup> state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.</p><p>E-cigarettes have been marketed as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, but a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests they could be a gateway to regular cigarette use.</p><p>The study showed 160,000 teens nationwide who never smoked cigarettes before used electronic cigarettes in 2012.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 16229 at http://wesa.fm Study: Black Women Less Likely to Get HPV Vaccination http://wesa.fm/post/study-black-women-less-likely-get-hpv-vaccination <p>Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are one of the only vaccinations that can prevent cancer, but most women, especially black women, are still unlikely to get the shots. This is according to Sonya Borrero, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.</p><p>A study from Borrero and researchers at the School of Medicine found black women are significantly less likely to receive human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines than white women.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15616 at http://wesa.fm CDC: 'Underutilized' HPV Vaccine Provides Effective Protection http://wesa.fm/post/cdc-underutilized-hpv-vaccine-provides-effective-protection <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Human Papillomavirus is spread by skin-to-skin contact, can cause genital warts, cervical cancer, genital cancer. Yet it can be easily prevented through a three-shot&nbsp;<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/hpv-vaccine-effective-but-grossly-underutilized-698118/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">vaccination process</a>, which the CDC says is <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/college.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">underutilized</a>. Dr. Jonathan Pletcher works at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and councils parents and their children about the vaccine and any possible risks.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:40:23 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14729 at http://wesa.fm CDC: 'Underutilized' HPV Vaccine Provides Effective Protection