HPV vaccine safety, quick loan hunger and toilet passports

A nationwide study says the HPV vaccine is safe, Finns’ appetites for quick loans grow, and restroom request cards offer relief for IBD sufferers.

A large nation-wide study on the safety of the human papillomavirus vaccine finds no causal link between reported adverse drug reactions and symptoms following the jab, reports national daily Helsingin Sanomat, citing a study in the medical journal Vaccine .

Cervical cancer can be prevented by a human papillomavirus vaccine, which has been part of Finland’s national immunisation programme since 2013. The vaccination is available for 11-12-year-old girls.

Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare is currently looking into also providing the injection for boys through the national immunisation programme. This summer a Tampere University study found that a 45 percent immunisation rate in girls and 20 percent in boys would establish herd immunity against a range of cancers linked to the human papillomavirus.

Rise in online payday loans

Tampere-based newspaper Aamulehti has meanwhile looked into the lucrative business of instant loans, which are often granted via text message and carry higher interest rates and fees than loans issued by traditional lenders.

According to the study quoted in business daily Kauppalehti, a survey of ten payday loan firms found that their lending volumes grew by 50 percent last year. Fast-cash loans have found a customer base in Finland, with demand for quick loans of several thousand euros seeing substantial growth. While no-credit check instant loans are more expensive than traditional loans, Vaasa University finance professor Timo Rothovius does not see a moral dilemma in people with low means arguably paying the most for money.

"I don’t know why people are willing to pay so much for these loans. It would appear some customers don’t comprehend the bigger picture,” he said, adding that ”companies will charge the highest amount of interest permitted and will not lose profits just because customers are clueless.”

Toilet 'passports' for IBD sufferers

Farming sector newspaper Maaseudun tulevaisuus draws attention to restroom request cards available for people managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

IBD support association Crohn and Colitis ry is behind the cards dubbed ’bathroom passports’ in Finland. Carita Sinkkonen of the group told Maaseudun Tulevaisuus that Finland is a country of ”locked bathrooms,” and that the cards aim to ease communication of IBD conditions and request access to restricted restrooms when unexpected symptoms arise.

Read more news of Helsinki on our site.

toiletpassports HPVvaccinesafety
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
5 views in february
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

The coach of a sports club in Hyvinkää, southern Finland has been remanded into police custody on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors he was coaching, the Itä-Uusimaa police department said on Thursday. Officials said that they are investigating the case as suspected child abuse but did not disclose the ages of the alleged victims. The suspect in the case, a 50-year-old man, was remanded into custody on Wednesday. The suspected sexual abuse is believed to...
Finns increasingly forego do-it-yourself construction of prefab elements in favour of completely completed homes. Turnkey homes (where homes are fully finished and owners can immediately occupy them) have become more popular than traditional house packages, says the Finnish Association for Manufacturers of Prefabricated Houses. “About 7,500 detached homes are built in Finland every year, and about 70 percent of them are prefabricated houses of some kind,”...
THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE in the Helsinki neighbourhood of Arabianranta was visibly subdued on Tuesday, as residents mourned the death of a local child who is believed to have been murdered. While little information has been released to the public, it is known that the victim was murdered near their home on the night of Christmas Eve (December 24). The police apprehended a suspect at the scene of the crime, who has been confirmed as a 36-year old male. Whethe...
One of Finland’s most famous seafaring vessels, the titanic icebreaker Otso, was deployed on its first mission of the winter season last night, keeping sea routes open for the 22nd year in a row. Late in the evening of Christmas Day, Otso, the crowning glory of Arctia Oy’s extensive fleet, departed from Helsinki’s Katajanokka Harbour, heading north to the Bay of Bothnia. The 7000-ton Polar icebreaker has been tasked with keeping waterways open between Oulu...
Eight Finnish political parties have published their a statement on future climate policy goals in Finland. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in November invited all nine parliamentary parties to join a task force established to find an agreement on new, more ambitious climate goals for Finland. The one-month project was led by Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing. The Finns Party abandoned the task force last w...
A 25-year-old man suspected of the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 15 in Oulu, northwestern Finland, who was arrested in Germany last Tuesday is now reported to be at large. According to law enforcement officials in Oulu, the suspect was released by German police before he could be transferred to Finnish custody due to "a breakdown in communication between authorities". Oulu District Court ordered the suspect to be reprimanded into custody in absen...
Finland’s high earners saw their real income grow more in 2017 than their peers in middle and low income groups, according to new data released by Statistics Finland on Tuesday. Incomes among the country’s highest income decile rose by 4.4 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, while the year-on-year increase was 1.3 percent for middle income earners. Incomes for the four lowest income deciles meanwhile grew by 1.2 percent over the one-year period. However amon...
A man wanted in connection with a suspected arson attempt on a home in Helsinki’s Käpylä district was remanded into police custody on Sunday. The Helsinki district court has remanded a man suspected of attempted arson and attempted murder into police custody, ending a short-lived manhunt, police said on Sunday. The 25 year-old is suspected of using a Molotov cocktail to cause a fire at a flat in Käpylä, Helsinki last Monday. The apartment was completely de...
Helsinki Central Library Oodi will opened its doors to the public on 5 December at 8am, a day before Finland’s 101st birthday. Designed by ALA Architects, this library of a new era is an ode to Finnish culture, equality and freedom of expression. Oodi offers everyone an open, public urban space at Kansalaistori Square, right opposite Parliament House. Central Library Oodi is an active and functional meeting point with 2.5 million expected annual visitors....