MENSTRUATION MATTERS

gardasilToday I want to point to two important articles about women’s health from our friends at Women’s eNews:

  1. Yesterday, they published a story about Myriad Genetics and their firm grasp on the patents for diagnostics tests for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are known to place women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Until the patents expire in 2014 and 2015, its laboratory is the only place in the country where diagnostic testing for the BRCA genes can be performed. A lawsuit representing patients, women’s health groups, medical professionals and four organizations has been filed bythe American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, and the Public Patent Foundation.
  2. Today, Women’s eNews published a story about the need for more research on Gardasil, the HPV vaccine recommended for young women and recently approved for boys and young men too.
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