HPV vaccine responsible for drop in cervical disease

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The HPV jab is only given to girls in Sweden.

Lyssna: HPV Vaccin

The vaccination against the virus that causes almost all cervical cancer is proving so successful in wealthy countries such as Sweden that cases of the disease should be significantly reduced within a decade, say scientists.

“The big news is that they have found a total of 65 published studies that give roughly the same result, that vaccination is very effective against infection,” Joakim Dillner, professor of infection epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute tells Swedish Radio.

The study, published in the Lancet Medical journal, shows vaccinating multiple groups of girls at different ages, helps bring down HPV infection rates.

In Sweden, girls aged between 11 and 18 are offered the HPV vaccine, which has only been available for the past decade.

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The fearless Megan Rapinoe embodies the best of America

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The funny, eloquent, insightful midfielder is the latest in a long line of USA women’s players who have been unafraid to challenge the establishment

As the Star-Spangled Banner rang out on Tuesday in Reims before the USA’s quarter-final tie with Spain, the TV cameras panned over the starting eleven, hands on hearts, singing in unison. And then there was Megan Rapinoe, silent and steely, standing because she’s been told she has no other choice, a proud American with a point to prove.

In the gritty grind of a game that followed she was not at her best, yet she scored both USA’s goals from the penalty spot, testament to both her talent and her composure. When things go wrong, you want Rapinoe on your team. And when things go right, she’s often the driving force, the source of some of the sweetest crosses and most accurate corners ever witnessed in the sport.

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