Every week reporter Ankita Rao selects interesting reading from around the Web.
Slate: Why Aren't There More Cancer Vaccines?
Six years from now, when my daughter turns 11, she will get a three-part human papillomavirus vaccine that will reduce her chances of getting cervical cancer by around 70 percent. Currently a little over half of American girls get the HPV vaccine, a public health intervention that will prevent tens of thousands of cancers. It's one of modern medicine's few success stories in finding a means of preventing cancer. ... in an as yet unpublished study, economists Eric Budish and Heidi Williams teamed up with patent lawyer Ben Roin to argue that the scarcity of preventive measures and relative abundance of late stage cancer treatments can also be blamed on the distorting effects that the U.S. patent system has on medical research (Ray Fisman, 8/26).
Salon: Nutrition Labels Are Misleading Us
Diane Cary still chuckles when she remembers the scene she witnessed in a supermarket cereal aisle. A mother and her child were haggling over which cereal to get. The mother insisted on Grape Nuts because she felt it was healthy, but the kid desperately wanted Count Chocula. Exasperated, the mom put both boxes side-by-side and proposed they review the nutrition labels and buy the more nutritious of the two. When Cary passed the family again in another aisle, they had two boxes of Count Chocula in their cart. As it turns out, in a 100-calorie portion, sugary Count Chocula actually packs more of many vitamins than Grape Nuts (although it does have less protein and fiber) (Jill Richardson, 8/28).
The Philadelphia Inquirer: HIV Researchers Turn To Social Media For Recruits
"Hey, stud. Busy?" "Not really," Eiren Shuman, 27, coquettishly typed back in response to what he suspected was an automated message. …This service, called Grindr, is an app that gay and bisexual men use to hook up over the Internet. And it is the same app that Penn researchers used to recruit Shuman into HVTN 505, a national clinical trial for an HIV vaccine. Men who have sex with men account for 63 percent of new HIV infections and are the focus of a new techie approach to HIV prevention (Leila Haghighat, 8/28).