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Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When ‘Opportunistic’ Infections Strike

July 1, 2015

By David HeitzHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years.
“The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely,” said […]


Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed: Study

June 30, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New cases of hepatitis C are drastically underreported to federal officials, researchers contend in a new study.
And they suggested that may be hampering public health efforts to cope with the chronic infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
The new study found that only […]


Did One Gene Mutation Launch the Black Death?

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — One small genetic change may have transformed Yersinia pestis — the plague bacteria — from a relatively mild germ into the deadly bug that killed millions in the Black Death and other historic epidemics, scientists report.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, humans can contract […]


New Rapid Ebola Test Shows Promise in African Clinics

June 26, 2015

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new rapid-detection test that diagnoses Ebola within minutes could improve treatment of the deadly virus and help health care workers contain outbreaks, researchers say.
Harvard Medical School researchers found the rapid diagnostic test as sensitive as traditional lab tests that can take days to produce results. The findings […]


Deadly Fungus Killing U.S. Snakes Similar to That Seen in Bats

June 25, 2015

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For years, a deadly fungus has been decimating bat populations across the United States. Now scientists say a similar, often fatal, fungal infection is killing snakes as well.
The snake fungus, called Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola and the bat fungus, known as Pseudogymnoascus destructans and called “white-nose syndrome,” both emerged about […]


Sequence of Shots May Lead to Effective HIV Vaccine, Mouse Study Finds

June 25, 2015

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s unlikely that a single vaccine would ever enable the body to neutralize the HIV virus, but a sequence of immunizations might hold the key, a new mouse study suggests.
The immune system could be guided in a series of steps to develop a special type of HIV-fighting antibody, […]


Virus Mutation Explains Poor Performance of Last Season’s Flu Shot: Study

June 25, 2015

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The 2014-15 flu vaccine was less effective than expected due to a new mutation in the flu virus, a new study shows.
The mutation in the H3N2 virus led to a mismatch between it and the H3N2 strain used to create the vaccine, the researchers explained. This meant that […]


Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

June 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds.
Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014, compared to previous […]


Tick Infection Epidemic Among American Indian Tribes in Arizona: CDC

June 19, 2015

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever among several American Indian tribes on two reservations in Arizona has led to more than $13 million in societal costs in nine years, according to a new study.
That amount includes treatment, time off work, and loss of lifetime productivity due to […]


Extreme Exercising Can Lead to Blood Poisoning, Study Reveals

June 19, 2015

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Extreme exercise may trigger blood poisoning in people who haven’t trained properly, a new study suggests.
Researchers in Australia looked at athletes who took part in extreme endurance events. Examples of such events include 24-hour ultra-marathons and multi-stage ultra-marathons run on consecutive days.
The investigators found this type of […]



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