Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

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Update to CDC's U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Hormonal C
  Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and those pregnancies are at increased risk for adverse maternal and infant outcomes (2,3). Approximately 4 million women at risk for unintended pregnancy in the United States are not using contraception (4), demonstrating the need for increased contraceptive access and use. HIV infection also is a critical public health issue in the United States. In 2010, an estimated 10,000 new HIV infections occurred among U.S. women.* One in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV during her lifetime.† Pregnancy itself carries risks, including morbidity, mortality, and a possible increased risk for HIV infection (5–7). Pregnancies among HIV-infected women confer additional risks including the risk for mother-to-child transmission of HIV; therefore, the need for contraceptive use to avoid unintended pregnancy in sexually active HIV-infected women is important.
What women with Positive HPV test result should know?
  Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus in men and women. It is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex.
WHO: Cell phone use can increase cancer risk (brain tumors)
  (CNN) -- Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
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