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MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn

July 22, 2014

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says.
The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers [...]


Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA

July 21, 2014

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A recently developed molecular tool allowed researchers to remove HIV from cultured human cells in the lab.
The team of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia said their approach may one day lead to a permanent treatment for HIV. They added that this technique might also [...]


EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling

July 18, 2014

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new graphic for insect repellant labels will show consumers how many hours the product will protect them from mosquitoes and/or ticks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.
“We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF [sun-protection factor] labeling did for sunscreens,” Jim [...]


AIDS Epidemic May Be Subsiding, Report Says

July 18, 2014

A new United Nations report suggests that the AIDS epidemic might be waning: The number of new HIV infections worldwide is at a record low, AIDS-related deaths are down 35 percent, and more people with HIV are getting the lifesaving medications they need.


Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals

July 18, 2014

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Community hospitals in the southeastern United States have seen a fivefold increase in the number of cases of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug during the past five years, according to a new study.
The highly contagious bacteria are known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
CRE bacteria are resistant to most commonly used [...]


Those With HIV Living Longer, International Study Finds

July 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overall death rates for HIV-positive adults living in Australia, Europe and the United States have been cut 28 percent since 1999, according to new international research.
Deaths from AIDS-related causes dropped more than one-third among the HIV-positive adults in the study. Cardiovascular disease deaths declined by [...]


1st Case of Locally Acquired Chikungunya Virus Reported in U.S.

July 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The first case of locally acquired chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, has been reported in the United States, federal health officials said Thursday.
The case involved an unidentified man from Florida.
Until now, all previously reported infections had originated outside [...]


Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately

July 17, 2014

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Antiviral drugs aren’t prescribed often enough for patients at high risk for flu complications, while too many of them receive unneeded antibiotics, a new study says.
The findings show that doctors require more training about the proper use of antiviral and antibiotic drugs in treating flu patients, the researchers [...]


CDC Issues Tough Report on Anthrax Scare

July 11, 2014

FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health officials have concluded that it’s highly unlikely any lab workers were exposed to live anthrax during a safety mishap last month.
But, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have announced a moratorium on the transfer of any dangerous germs or materials from high-level government [...]


TB Rates Among Children May Be Higher Than Estimated

July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The global rate of tuberculosis (TB) in children could be higher than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Researchers concluded that more than 650,000 children develop TB every year in the 22 countries with the highest rates of the disease. That’s nearly 25 percent more than a 2012 World [...]



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