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Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Ebola, According to the CDC

July 29, 2014

The deadly Ebola virus that continues to rage throughout West Africa poses little risk to Americans, U.S. health officials stressed Monday.


‘Fist Bump’ May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

July 28, 2014

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around.
In their experiments, the scientists found that clasping hands transferred 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual [...]


Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says

July 24, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An “unacceptably low” number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all boys and girls aged 11 and 12 get [...]


Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study

July 24, 2014

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men.
U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen — the “microbiome” — play a role in local inflammation and in the [...]


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 [...]



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