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Below are the 7 most recent journal entries recorded in Medical News: articles, abstracts, tidbits. etc.'s LiveJournal:

Friday, November 5th, 2004
9:24 pm
Abnormal Paps clear usually in younger women

Young Women's Cervical Cancer Risk Very Low

32 minutes ago Health - HealthDay

By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDayNews) -- Adolescent and college-age women with abnormal findings on their Pap smear shouldn't hit the panic button, a new report suggests.

In the vast majority of cases, these abnormalities simply clear up on their own, the study found.

The research may also help resolve the issue of whether colposcopy -- a more invasive, expensive follow-up test -- is always warranted in this younger age group.

"The take-home message is that the majority of women with [Pap test] abnormalities who are at or under college age don't need to rush out and get colposcopy," said Dr. Thomas C. Wright, a professor of pathology at Columbia University in New York City, and lead author of cervical cancer screening guidelines issued by the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
7:39 am
Mediterranean diet prevents disease, improves survival
Mediterranean diet prevents disease, improves survival


Sep 22 (Reuters Health) - Consumption of a Mediterranean- style diet appears to prevent metabolic syndrome and improve survival, according to the findings from two studies that appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the first study, Dr. Dario Giugliano, from Policlinico Seconda Universita di Napoli in Italy, and colleagues conducted a clinical trial to assess the role that diet plays in metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by obesity, high blood pressure and increased blood sugar.

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Monday, September 27th, 2004
10:16 pm
Condom Mishaps Spell Trouble
Condom Mishaps Spell Trouble for Men


Fri Sep 17,11:47 PM ET Health - HealthDay

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDayNews) -- A new study of people who visited a Colorado sexually transmitted disease clinic found that about half of those who regularly used condoms reported mishaps ranging from breakage to slippage.

The condom problems spelled trouble, at least for men. The risk of gonorrhea and chlamydia grew by several times among the heterosexual men who reported condom "errors." For reasons that aren't entirely clear, condom problems didn't translate into higher risks for heterosexual women or gay men.

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9:52 pm
A Small Success for a Weighty Problem Schools Get Kids Eating Fruits, Veggies
A Small Success for a Weighty Problem
Schools Get Kids Eating Fruits, Veggies
September 27, 2004 06:21:44 AM PDT , ACS News Center


The principal at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo, Iowa, knows what lies in the hearts (and stomachs) of students ages 11-13. For one, they tend to be picky about food. They tend to throw things like grapes and blueberries. And he suspected that they would eat very few of the fresh fruit and vegetable snacks offered in a 2002-2003 test nutrition program at Hoover.
But to his great surprise, Principal Terry Meier saw students munching on fresh broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, baby carrots, and many kinds of fruit.

"Was I ever wrong," Meier admits today. "It's been a really big success."

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9:46 pm
9:42 pm
Sound of Voice May Predict Sexual Behavior
Sound of Voice May Predict Sexual Behavior

Mon Sep 27, 6:20 PM ET Health - Reuters

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research findings suggest that the sound of a person's voice may predict his or her level of sexual activity.

Men and women whose voices were given higher ratings in attractiveness reported having more sex partners and were younger at first intercourse than those whose voices were considered less attractive.

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Saturday, September 25th, 2004
7:25 am
Genes Boost Fish Oils' Effect Against Breast Cancer
Genes Boost Fish Oils' Effect Against Breast Cancer

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDayNews) -- Women with certain genes get an extra protective boost when they take fish oils called marine n-3 fatty acids that may reduce the risk of breast cancer.


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