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  • Women with HPV were more than twice as likely to say they'd had a stroke or heart attack, once researchers accounted for other heart risks including smoking, drinking and high blood pressure. 
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  • "It is unclear what is the underlying mechanism for such risk, though the infection itself, (the) body's reaction to infection or a general milieu of inflammation may account for a part of the risk," said Dr. Adeel Butt, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in an email to Reuters Health. 
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises girls and women age nine to 26 to get the HPV vaccine, with the first vaccination typically starting at 11 or 12, to prevent future cervical cancers. 
  • The report includes data from a national health survey that was analyzed by Dr. Hsu-Ko Kuo and Dr. Ken Fujise from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 
  • The infections were evenly split between strains that can cause cervical cancer and non-cancer strains. 
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