Some good vaccine news for a change: A vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) appears to be working. HPV causes genital warts, and can lead to cervical cancer in women. In Australia, which began use of the HPV vaccine in 2007, cases of genital warts in young women aged 12 - 26 dropped 59 percent, and 39 percent for men. Not only that, but cervical abnormalities dropped as well—a glimmer of hope that for these vaccinated women, their chance of getting cervical cancer is dropping as well.Read more at Bad Astronomy.
On the subject of vaccines, I have been surprised by the lack of anti-vaccination wingnuts on the Cairns Post Letter to the Editor page since a recent pro-vaccination front page. Either the Editor is doing his job right or the wingnuts haven't tried writing in. Either way, it's good news there too.