A summary of important health news from the past week.
More than 1 in 5 adults has cancer-causing HPV
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 1 in 5 adults has cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that affects more than 80 million Americans. The CDC recommends that children receive HPV vaccinations, which can start as early as ages 11 or 12.
FDA Approves 23andMe’s At-Home DNA Tests for 10 Diseases
This week the FDA approved the first controversial at home DNA test. This product could help inform people whether they are genetically predisposed to up to 10 different diseases including late-onset Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and Celiac. FDA Director emphasizes that "genetic risk is just one piece of the bigger puzzle. It does not mean they will or won't ultimately develop a disease."
Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People
This story traces the history of using mice models in drug development and the difficulties in translating that science to humans. Often, drugs that work in mice do not work in humans, though mice are still useful in determining they safety of medications. This story features Emory researcher Todd Preuss, who studies the human brain using chimpanzee models at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.
Researchers in Finland have found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) increases glucose metabolism in muscles as well as insulin sensitivity in individuals with type 2 diabetes. After a two-week training period, the glucose uptake in study participants' thigh muscles had returned to a normal level.
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