Is the Pap Smear On the Way Out?

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests. Its replacement? The human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected…

Docs' Tattoos No Longer Taboo

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors need not fear that sporting a tattoo might drive patients away. That’s the finding of a small, new study that included seven doctors in the emergency department of a trauma center in a large Pennsylvania city who wore either fake body piercings or tattoos, or both, or…

Making the Most of That Fast Food Meal

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It can happen when you’re traveling on business, running late to an appointment, or are simply running out of time to make dinner. You’re facing fast food or no food. Use these tips to make the most of this meal. Start by looking for the lowest calorie selections.…

Could Flea Fighters Stem Spread of Diseases Like Zika?

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medicines that protect pets from fleas and ticks may help lower people’s risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, researchers report. “Insect-borne infectious diseases remain primary causes of severe illnesses and fatalities worldwide, and new approaches to preventing outbreaks of these diseases are critically needed,” said researcher Peter…