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Today's Top Medical Stories for August 18, 2014

The HPV vaccine is effective far longer than previously thought and high intensity exercise is safe for heart transplant patients.
The H-P-V vaccine remains effective long after initial vaccination.
Researchers followed boys and girls who were vaccinated between the ages of 9 and 15...and found eight years later they still showed an anti-H-P-V response.
Previous research suggested the vaccine lasts at least four years.
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U-S and can cause cervical cancer.
The C-D-C recommends all boys and girls ages 11 or 12 get vaccinated.

Childhood disability rates continue to rise.
Researchers took a look at data between 2001 and 2011.
They found that while there was a decline in the number of physical disabilities, mental health and developmental disabilities rose 16 percent.. particularly among more well-off families.
Scientists say that's in part because of more awareness of conditions like autism...and say documenting these changes helps with treatment and prevention.

And a new study shows high-intensity exercise is safe and effective in long-term heart transplant recipients.
Researchers compared high-intensity training to the currently recommended moderate-training in 16 stable patients living with a new heart for more than a year.
They found high-intensity interval training for a few minutes at close to the maximum heart rate...actually helped patients reach higher levels of exercise capacity... and gain better control of their blood pressure.


(Brian Webb for CBS News)


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