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Too few teens receiving HPV vaccinations, CDC says

Unacceptably low numbers of teens are getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which protects against cervical, throat and mouth cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends boys and girls get three doses of the vaccines starting at age 11 or 12, but a study found only 57 percent of girls and 35 percent of boys, between the ages of 13 to 17, received at least one dose. (Via Getty Images)

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Health officials are blaming pediatricians for the low numbers of vaccinations, saying not enough doctors are recommending the vaccination, so people aren't getting the shots. (Via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Doctors are missing an easy opportunity to vaccinate teens at the same time they get shots for things like pertussis, which sees a much higher rate in vaccinations—86 percent. (Via Getty Images)

"If we could raise HPV vaccine coverage to the same level as the pertussis vaccinations, we could prevent thousands of HPV-associated cancers every year," says the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat. (Via CBS)

Early studies of the vaccine led some to believe it contributed to an increased chance of blood clots, but LiveScience reports that was later debunked and the vaccine was deemed safe by researchers.

In fact, NBC points out cases of HPV-related cancers decreased by more than half since the vaccine was introduced in 2006.

The CDC says seventy-nine million Americans are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:03:03 -0700

Michelin star chef loses battle with cancer

In a culinary world where many chefs become household names, Chef Chris L'Hommedieu was not a television superstar, but his leadership in some of the nation's most famous restaurants earned him respect from the best in the business and a devoted group of followers who are all mourning his passing.

L'Hommedieu, 44, lost his battle with a rare form of appendix cancer on Wednesday.

He had achieved what many aspiring young chefs dream of doing. He worked at Aqua, Michael Mina, and Thomas Keller's Per Se before he was tapped by renowned chef Nancy Oakes of Boulevard to head her new restaurant Prospect.

"He had a big personality. He was really well-liked in the chef community. Lot of fun. Great attitude and very creative guy," Oakes told KTVU Thursday.

L'Hommedieu worked with the best in the business. His photo appeared in articles, such as a 2009 Haute Living piece on top San Francisco chefs, where he was profiled along with culinary superstars Thomas Keller, Gary Danko and Alice Waters.

"He was a rock star," said Joshua Thomas, the Prospect wine director who worked with L'Hommedieu during the chef's final months in the kitchen before leaving last year to receive treatment for cancer.

"Extremely driven, extremely talented...a huge presence in the kitchen. Myself when I heard he was coming to our kitchen I was overjoyed and excited," Thomas told KTVU.

"It's very devastating. I mean, it's definitely a loss for the culinary industry," said Francis Blum, a Prospect sous chef.

"He was very passionate about what he does. He took it very, very personally, He translated it so well through the kitchen, he brought everybody up and everybody wants to work for him everybody wants to be better," Blum said.

KTVU interviewed L'Hommedieu in 2007. He was the head of Michael Mina restaurant at the Westin St. Frances at the time when they won two coveted Michelin stars.

He told KTVU, "It was a goal for us to get any stars, let alone two. So knowing we have them, it's more of a motivator at this point."

Friends say Chef L'Hommedieu was a great motivator and mentor to an entire generation of younger chefs.

French Laundry owner and chef Thomas Keller tapped L'Hommedieu to work at Keller's New York restaurant Per Se.

A tweet from Chef Keller Thursday stated, "Chris was a quiet observer and fine teacher to the next gen of chefs. We thank him for his years of dedicated service."

Chef Oakes says she'll always remember his food and sense of humor.

"I loved his mushroom hollandaise," Oakes said, "But I think I'll remember him singing Hall and Oates songs. I think that's what I'll remember him for."

A tribute dinner and fundraiser is reportedly being organized for him in September.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:17:47 -0700

Neighbors concerned over activity at vacant Bernal Heights home

A nearly million dollar home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood is getting some attention for all the wrong reasons. Neighbors say the vacant boarded up home on Mullen Avenue gets lots of uninvited visitors.

Ian Williams walks his dog, Zoe, by the house each day. "We've seen, maybe in the last month, an ongoing cat and mouse game between people getting into the property, and people coming and boarding it up, and it getting torn down again," Williams said, as he observed what looked like new boards up on the home's windows.

A neighbor said a developer bought the house with million dollars views of San Francisco for just under $1 million in April, but no one lives there.

"A year ago I think it was a pretty well-furnished place, but now it's a shell." A shell with graffiti, empty liquor bottles, and broken beer bottles littering the property and next-door park. "I guess it has potential to be a nuisance," Williams shrugged.

Soon after Williams and his dog walked down the hill, a squatter peeked his head out from behind the home's retaining wall.

When asked if he lived there, the man replied, "No." He had the same answer when asked if the homeowner gave him permission to be on the property, but acknowledged that didn't seem to matter to the people who gather there. "All the time," he told  KTVU. "24/7 people come. ‘Why?’ Just to see the city, drink beer, and smoke weed," he explained. "That's it."

As if on cue, minutes later nine people were sitting on benches in the hilltop park next door, rolling joints and drinking beer.

Williams doesn't mind so much the drinking, it's the trash they leave behind that makes him angry. "It's disrespectful to neighbors. That's where we kind of get fed up."

Williams said picking an empty 1/2 pint of Smirnoff Vodka out of the brush, "I don't know what else to do… I think you need to inhabit, frankly."

Another neighbor who didn't want his identity used said he's been in contact with the homeowner, who has taken steps to board up the home.

Still, the neighbor told KTVU he recently installed security cameras to keep an eye on the unwanted visitors. Last week those cameras recorded several men trying to break into the vacant home's attic, until they noticed the new cameras staring back at them.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:13 -0700

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