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Problems for Preterm Babies, Smoking and Cervical Cancer Link

Published måndag 20 november 2006 kl 11.54
Cervical cancer cell dividing

New Swedish research confirms that children born prematurely run a greater risk of developing vision problems.

The study, by researchers at Uppsala University Hospital, also suggests that eye tests preformed at 2.5 years of age in preterm children can predict vision problems at age 10. Their work is published in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Meanwhile, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute have found that women who smoke and carry a virus known as HPV-16 are at a greater risk for one form of cervical cancer. The new findings, linking smoking, HPV-16 and cervical cancer confined to the surface of the cervix, or CIS, are based on comparisons among 375 women with CIS and 363 controls.

Dr. Anthony Gunnell, head author of the study, says they were surprised to see the dramatically increased risk among women who smoke. The researchers note that there is a significant correlation between smoking duration and the risk of HPV.

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