A summary of important health news from the past week.
Germany becomes latest country to OK medical marijuana legalization
German parliamentarians have voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, starting March 2017. Germany now joins more than 20 other countries, such as Uruguay and Jamaica, who legalize some type of marijuana use.
Rate of U.S. Abortions Hits Lowest Since Roe v. Wade
The latest data showed that the US rate of abortion has dropped to a rate of 14.6 per 1,000 women of childbearing age. Researchers believe this shift comes from increased use of long-term birth control; there seems to be little correlation decreased abortion and enactment of anti-abortion laws, with some states with such laws even seeing an increased rate.
Children with asthma may be at higher obesity risk
Researchers at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine published longitudinal data showing that young children with asthma are 51% more likely to be obese than their peers. This risk was reduced 43% by the use of asthma rescue medications. This research helps identify the direction of the correlation between obesity and asthma.
Preteens need only two rounds of HPV vaccine, CDC says
The CDC announced that young people who get the human papillomavirus vaccine before the age of 15 only need two doses. This is a slight change from the previous recommendations of three doses. Those aged 15-26 still need three doses. This will make it easier for teens to get the vaccine during their annual visits, and is important because the immune response to the vaccine is better for those younger in age.
A new study published in the Cancer Journal indicates that cervical cancer causes far more deaths per year than previously believed. Researchers found that cervical cancer disporportionately impacts black women. Doctors in this field speculate that these vast disparities may be due to unequal access to screening services and health insurance.
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