1 in 9, or 11 million, U.S. men are infected with oral HPV
Approximately 11 million men and 3 million women in the U.S. are infected with oral human papillomavirus, or HPV, according to a new study led by University of Florida researchers. Men were also almost six times more likely to be infected with cancer-causing oral HPV strains. The study findings appeared on Oct. 16 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
“The rates of oropharyngeal cancer among men have risen more than 300 percent in the past 40 years, making it the most common HPV-related cancer,” said study lead author Ashish A. Deshmukh, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of health services research, management and policy in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, part of UF Health. READ MORE
Human liver protein reduces age-related inflammation in animal, human cell models
A protein produced by the liver significantly reduces the chronic, low-grade inflammation that may contribute to aging and aging-related diseases, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has found. Using human cell and fruit fly models, the researchers showed the protein, known as human alpha-1 antitrypsin, has anti-inflammatory and cell-protecting properties.
That makes the protein particularly effective at stopping so-called “inflammaging,” chronic inflammation that has been implicated in a host of aging-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, said Lei Zhou, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of molecular genetics and microbiology. The findings by 13 scientists in the UF department of molecular genetics, the College of Pharmacy, the UF Genetics Institute and the UF Health Cancer Center were published in the journal Aging Cell. READ MORE