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Human papillomavirus on the wane. . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6182 (Published 23 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6182

Vaccinating women against HPV also protects men

In Australia, high uptake of the vaccine for human papillomavirus has led to reductions in the prevalence of HPV genotypes 6/11/16/18 in women aged ≤25 years. At the same time, a study of self administered penile swabs shows a 78% decline in the prevalence of these genotypes in unvaccinated men of similar age, compared with older men (J Infect Dis doi:10.1093/infdis/jiw530). There was no such difference in the prevalence of papillomavirus genotypes that were not included in the vaccine.

Hemiplegic migraine and depression

A Dutch study compared 89 patients who had well defined hemiplegic migraine with 235 controls who were free of headache (Neurology doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000003376). People with this rare form of migraine, where the aura is accompanied by focal motor weakness, are about four times more likely to experience depression in …

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