News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms July 28, 2008
News to know:
Kids' cell phones: Cancer caution adds to debate
Last week, the head of a prominent cancer research institute advised his faculty and staff to limit cell phone use because of the possible cancer risk.
The warning gave parents another reason to resist their children's demands for cell phones.
FDA, CDC back Gardasil shot as safe
After reviewing more than 9,700 reports of health problems, U.S. officials say the Gardasil vaccine is safe and effective for protecting women and girls from a virus that causes cervical cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the most serious adverse events did not appear linked to the vaccine.
Gardasil, manufactured by Merck and Co., targets four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted virus that causes genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. It is approved for women and girls ages 9 to 26.
'Most Prolific Mom' gives birth to 18th child
Livia Ionce, 44, gave birth to her 18th child July 22nd, according to her husband Alexandru. The Ionces are Romanian immigrants living in British Columbia, making her the province's most prolific mother in 20 years. Including their newest daughter, the family now has 10 girls and 8 boys. The 17 other children range in age from 20 months to 23 years old.