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Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Jan. 29, 2013 — One out of every four people living with HIV/AIDS is 50 or older, yet these older individuals are far more likely to be diagnosed when they are already in the later stages of infection. Such late diagnoses put their health, and the health of others, at greater risk than would have been the case with earlier detection. Continue reading

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

28 January 2013 Last updated at 19:46 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Leading medical bodies are calling for a 20p-per-litre levy on soft drinks to be included in this year’s Budget. More than 60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity Sustain. They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in schools to improve children’s health Continue reading

Science needs a second opinion: Researchers find flaws in study of patients in ‘vegetative state’

Science needs a second opinion: Researchers find flaws in study of patients in ‘vegetative state’

Jan. 24, 2013 — A team of researchers led by Weill Cornell Medical College is calling into question the published statistics, methods and findings of a highly publicized research study that claimed bedside electroencephalography (EEG) identified evidence of awareness in three patients diagnosed to be in a vegetative state. The new reanalysis study led by Weill Cornell neurologists Drs Continue reading

At least one in five were infected in flu pandemic, international study suggests

At least one in five were infected in flu pandemic, international study suggests

Jan. 25, 2013 — At least one in five people in countries for which data are available were infected with influenza during the first year of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a new study. The highest rates of infection were in children, with 47 per cent of those aged five to 19 showing signs of having caught the virus. Continue reading

Synthetic corkscrew peptide kills antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria

Synthetic corkscrew peptide kills antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria

Jan. 24, 2013 — An engineered peptide provides a new prototype for killing an entire category of resistant bacteria by shredding and dissolving their double-layered membranes, which are thought to protect those microbes from antibiotics Continue reading

Disease outbreaks trackable with Twitter

Disease outbreaks trackable with Twitter

Jan. 22, 2013 — This flu season you’ve probably seen a number of friends on social media talking about symptoms. New research from Brigham Young University says such posts on Twitter could actually be helpful to health officials looking for a head start on outbreaks. Continue reading

Generic HIV drugs ‘less effective’

Generic HIV drugs ‘less effective’

14 January 2013 Last updated at 23:01 ET Any rise in the use of cheaper, non-branded HIV drugs could see more patients with treatment failure, doctors warn. Soon-to-be available generic medicines could save the US health care system nearly $1bn a year, they say in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine 1 Continue reading

New York declares flu emergency

New York declares flu emergency

12 January 2013 Last updated at 21:03 ET The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency because of the severity of this year’s influenza season. The order makes vaccinations more accessible and allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children. Almost 20,000 cases of flu have been reported in New York state so far this season – more than four times the number of cases last winter. Continue reading

Foods identified as ‘whole grain’ not always healthy

Foods identified as ‘whole grain’ not always healthy

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New insights into HIV vaccine will improve drug development

New insights into HIV vaccine will improve drug development

Jan. 10, 2013 — Four years ago, a potential HIV vaccine showed promise against the virus that causes AIDS, but it fell short of providing the broad protection necessary to stem the spread of disease. Continue reading