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HPV Testing Can Replace Pap Smears for Many Women, New Guidelines Say

HPV Testing Can Replace Pap Smears for Many Women, New Guidelines SayBoth can help detect cervical cancer



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Baboons Work Together To Escape From Biomedical Testing Facility

Baboons Work Together To Escape From Biomedical Testing FacilityFour baboons held at a Texas biomedical research facility briefly escaped on



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Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactor

Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactorSouth Korean officials are beginning preparations for a summit next month with North Korea, as a report shows the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February. Grace Lee reports.



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German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekers

German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekersDoctors in Germany on Tuesday spoke out against proposals for medical tests to check the age of asylum-seekers. Leading politicians have called for compulsory tests amid allegations that migrants are lying about their age and posing as minors in order to avoid deportation and claim extra benefits. But senior doctors warned that medical tests would not be reliable and risked harming asylum-seekers’ health. “The investigations are complex, expensive and laden with great uncertainty,” Prof Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the German Medical Association said. “If you carried them out on every refugee, it could interfere with human wellbeing.” The demands for medical tests have intensified since the killing of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in the street in south-west Germany last week. An Afghan refugee is accused of killing her in a jealous rage after she broke off their relationship. He claims he is also 15 but her family believes he is much older. An Iranian asylum-seeker is already on trial for the rape and murder of a woman jogger in 2016. The accused initially claimed to be 16, but has since admitted he is in fact 33.  Asylum applications in Germany Under German law minors face lighter sentences if they are convicted of crimes. Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, at the weekend called for mandatory age-testing and said his Christian Social Union party (CSU) would demand it in coalition talks with Angela Merkel. “Too many asylum-seekers are still falsely posing as adolescents,” Mr Herrmann said. “I want everyone who comes to our country and claims to be a teenager to have their age be medically checked. Minors cost the state more money in special care and have a lower criminal liability. We cannot just leave it like that.” Thomas Strobl, a senior MP in Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU), called for compulsory X-rays to measure asylum-seekers’ bone development. “In cases of doubt, we should turn to medical examinations such as the X-ray of the carpal bones,” he said. But Prof Montgomery of the German Medical Association, a radiologist, said X-rays to test their age would expose migrants to unnecessary radiation. “X-rays without a medical indication are an invasion of physical integrity,” he told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. In criminal cases such as the killing of the 15-year-old girl, the courts can already order medical tests to determine the suspect’s age. But medical experts say the tests are unreliable and that stress and trauma can cause the human body to age faster.



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North Korea May Have Damaged Its Nuclear Testing Site, Experts Say

North Korea May Have Damaged Its Nuclear Testing Site, Experts SayA small quake was detected early on Friday near North Korea's nuclear test site, the latest shock since the Sept 3 test.



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NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology

NKorean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technologySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's latest missile test Monday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can strike them at will.



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TSA Is Testing a Change That Could Make Airport Security Even Slower

TSA Is Testing a Change That Could Make Airport Security Even SlowerTravelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins.



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GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving Cars

GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving CarsGeneral Motors says the bills protect public safety by restricting self-driving car testing to automotive manufacturers. Competitors disagree.



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Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing – experts

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Texting young women in Kenya with regular information about sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases could encourage more to get tested for HIV in a country where stigma surrounding the virus is rife, researchers said on Wednesday. Some 600 female college students in Kenya received monthly text message surveys about their sexual behavior, and half were also sent weekly messages about HIV prevention, for a recent study by medical researchers and mobile research firm mSurvey. Two-thirds of the 300 women who were sent the weekly texts said they got tested for HIV within six months of the study, while among those who received the monthly surveys, only half reported going to be tested for the virus, the study found.
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Haiti launches new AIDS testing, information campaign

Members of a local NGO distribute condoms to people in Port-au-Prince, the capital of HaitiPort-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti's Ministry of Health and the United Nations launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, providing information and rapid testing to help thwart the spread of the epidemic. "If a person does not protect him or herself, it's because of a lack of information," Valerie Toureau, a doctor with the UNAIDS organization, said on Friday. More than 100 people got tested at a center installed in downtown Port-au-Prince, and condoms were also distributed.



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