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Study Finds HPV Transmitted by Oral Sex Can Cause Throat Cancer

Study Finds HPV Transmitted by Oral Sex Can Cause Throat Cancer

Actually, oral sex doesn’t cause throat cancer, but as two recent studies show, it can be the means of transmitting the human papillomavirus (HPV) – which does cause cancer. Two strains of HPV (16 and 18) cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, however, it is only recently that scientists discovered that HPV 16 is also responsible for up to a third of the cancers in the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat including the soft palate, base of the tongue and tonsils).

A High Salt Diet in Childhood Linked to Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

A High Salt Diet in Childhood Linked to Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

Does too much salt in the diet cause high blood pressure? That question goes in and out of favor (yea or nay) among the medical community. It used to be standard wisdom that too much salt was bad for the vascular system (blood vessels) and specifically it caused higher blood pressure. Studies that are more recent have called this into question by opening the door on a genetic factor in the reaction to salt.

New Study: Middle Age Fitness Improves Quality of Life in Old Age

New Study: Middle Age Fitness Improves Quality of Life in Old Age

Other than kids being told by parents (and a lot of other people) to think about ‘what they want to be when they grow up,’ how much thought do most people give to the full span of their life? Although the average life span of people in the developed world is now approaching 80 years (78 years in the U.S.), how many people in their 30s and 40s give serious thought to the 15-35 years of their life after the nominal age of retirement at 65?

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