Saturday, March 25, 2006

Search Request Roundup #4, My Yahoo! Answers Part 3

This is the fourth installment of Search Request Roundup, in which I look at recent searches that led to my blog and provide some information relevant to the desired topics.

  • Does RoundUp contribute to cancer?
    Well, the Search Request Roundup doesn't! The Household Products Database is a good starting point for health information about a particular product. You can browse by categories of products, product names, or search for what you're interested in. There are several records for different Roundup products (browse the R's), and they all seem to indicate that Glyphosate (a main ingredient) is not thought to be a carcinogen. Information on known hazards of the product (such as eye irritation) is provided.

  • Real life stories of cervical cancer
    The National Cervical Cancer Coalition has a section of their website for cervical cancer survivors, and it includes stories about the disease contributed by survivors. The most recent stories are on this page, but you may want to click on the years (listed in the lower right) for additional and older contributions.

    The American Cancer Society also hosts a website called The Cancer Survivors Network, which includes stories and artwork as well as personal web pages from survivors. Users can search by cancer type to view only cervical cancer survivors' stories and materials. A free registration is required to view other's pages.

  • States considering abortion legislation
    The National Abortion Rights Action League (a pro-choice organization) has a state bill tracker on its website. Simply choose your state, and you will be able to view a list of pro-choice and anti-abortion bills, with the bill number, brief summary, sponsor name, date it was introduced, last action, and last action date.

  • Midwifery programs
    The American College of Nurse-Midwifery provides a pretty good list of graduate programs in nurse-midwifery (including the program at Vanderbilt), and has a brief list of freestanding institutions. This website provides a list of education programs for direct-entry midwifery, including a Tennessee program at The Farm. For midwifery programs in other countries, you can find a lot by doing a Google search for "midwifery training" or "midwifery schools".

  • My sister-in-law's vagina
    Nope, can't help you on that one.

    Previous installments:
    Search Request Roundup #1
    Search Request Roundup #2
    Search Request Roundup #3

    Now, the 3rd installment of my answers at Yahoo! Answers:
  • How many people get vulvar cancer each year?
    According to the American Cancer Society, "vulvar cancer accounts for about 4% of cancers in the female reproductive organs and 0.6% of all cancers in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the year 2006, about 3,740 cancers of the vulva will be diagnosed in the United States, and about 880 women will die of this cancer."
    Detailed Guide: Vulvar Cancer - American Cancer Society
    General Information About Vulvar Cancer - National Cancer Institute

  • Top ten leading causes of death in the USA and the world
    Based on 2002 CDC data, the top 10 causes of death in the United States are heart diseases; cancer; cerebrovascular disease; chronic lower respiratory diseases; accidents; diabetes mellitus; influenza & pneumonia; Alzheimers disease; nephritis, nephrotic syndrome & nephrosis; suicide. The data is available in a table as a PDF. The CDC provides additional US mortality data at

    As for global causes, The World Health Organization has a table ranking the most deadly conditions in the world at These are somewhat different and include conditions such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

  • Information on a bone disease called mms
    There is a cancer called multiple myeloma that begins in the blood cells and affects the bones.
    What You Need to Know About Multiple Myeloma - National Cancer Institute
    Intro to Myeloma - Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

  • History of informed consent
    The National Cancer Institute provides A Guide to Understanding Informed Consent, which includes a section on its history. The Office of NIH History also provides a timeline of laws related to the protection of human subjects.

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    MeSH Tags: Abortion, Induced/legislation and jurisprudence; Cause of Death; Ethics, Research/history; Herbicides/adverse effects; Informed Consent/history; Midwifery/education; Mortality; Neoplasms/chemically induced; Uterine Cervical Neoplasms; Vulvar Neoplasms; World Health

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