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4 Your Health: Americans feeling more anxiety; the HPV vaccine works

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New research suggests the HPV vaccine does protect young women against cervical cancer.

Scientists looked at 26 studies involving over 73,000 women. They found the HPV vaccine reduced the risk of pre-cancer especially in women vaccinated before the age of 26. There was also little risk of serious side effects.

Experts said vaccinated women should still get regular screenings for cervical cancer.

American's more worried

Americans are more anxious than they were last year.

That's according to a new poll from the American Psychiatric Association. It shows anxiety has increased for men and women of all ages but especially among baby boomers.

The biggest concern was being able to pay bills, followed by health and safety.

Concern for opioid crisis

Another American Psychiatric Association poll finds Americans are also worried about the country's opioid crisis.

Nearly one-third of people surveyed said they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers. And nearly half feel it is easy to get illegal opioids.

The study also found most Americans favor improving access to treatment over imposing stricter punishments for opioid abuse.

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