Health Alert: Only 50% of teen girls get HPV vaccine

Health Alert

(CBS) - The Centers for Disease Control says only about half of teenage girls are getting the HPV vaccine.

The shot protects against the Human Papilloma Virus which is sexually transmitted and can cause cervical cancer.

Vaccination rates have stalled at about 50 percent. Health officials say doctors need to convince parents the shots can be vital.

(CBS) - Drugs that lower blood pressure may also slow down dementia.

A new study in the British Medical Journal finds pills called ace inhibitors slightly cut down the progression of mental decline in dementia patients.

Research earlier this year showed another type of blood pressure drug helped fight Alzheimer's disease.

(CBS) - New York researchers say being tall may heighten the chance of developing cancer.

Doctors studied post menopausal women and found the taller a woman the higher the risk for several types of cancer, including breast, colon and kidney cancer.

Scientists say hormones in the body that influence height may also fuel the creation of cancer cells later in life. 



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