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Epidemiology News

Scientists train a computer to classify breast cancer tumors

November 30, 2018
A recent study published in the journal NPJ Breast Cancer used a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to train a computer to identify certain features of breast cancer tumors from images. Dr. Melissa Troester is a co-author.

Mailed HPV tests can help find women at risk for cervical cancer

November 10, 2018
A new study led by Andrea Des Marais and Dr. Jennifer Smith finds that mailing self-collection kits to test for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has potential to boost cervical cancer screening – especially for low-income women who are overdue for testing. Photo by Kenny Luo.

Parents, providers in five countries approve of new two-dose HPV vaccination

November 5, 2018
Mothers of and health care providers for adolescent girls in Argentina, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea and Spain prefer the two-dose, rather than three-dose, HPV vaccination schedule, according to research by epidemiology doctoral student Jessica Islam and others. The study brings hope that decreasing costs and doctor visits will lead to improved vaccination coverage and lower rates of HPV-associated cancers. Photo by Pan American Health Organization.