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Texas: First to Mandate STD Vaccine

That’ll shock ’em on the coasts, won’t it? Not to mention France and England, since the story has gone global. Governor Rick Perry reportedly (free registration required) has signed an order mandating that teen girls in the State of Texas receive the vaccine against four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus by 12 years old … Continue reading

>Contraception and abstinence in the news

>The news today reports on a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute that abstinence doesn’t make as much difference in the overall teen pregnancy rates in the US as increased contraceptive use. I’m still looking at the data in the report and trying to understand their methods and statistics. (Free Abstract here). Comparing data from … Continue reading

>UK: Teaching children how to use condoms no help

>This month, the British Medical Journal (sorry, subscription only) has published a report on a randomized controlled study on enhanced sex ed that failed to reduce the numbers of pregnancies or abortions in teen girls. Essentially, the “programme” involves education for boys and girls 13 to 15 years old, including teaching them to obtain and … Continue reading

Parachutes, Abstinence, Randomized Controlled Studies

There have never been any controlled randomized trials on “Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge,” according to this review published in the British Medical Journal in December 2003. And yet, in the nearly 3 years since it was documented in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal that the evidence supporting the … Continue reading

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