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  • Making Sense of Senseless Violence

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Making Sense of Senseless Violence FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Shockwaves are reverberating around the world yet again as a scene of once-unimaginable terror played out Thursday night in the midst of a national celebration in Nice, France. This time, a large truck mowed down hundreds of revelers following a fireworks demonstration on Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating the French Revolution. So far, 84 people have been confirmed dead. As the world mourns once more with France, mental h...

  • Monthly Vaginal Ring May Help Protect Against HIV

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Monthly Vaginal Ring May Help Protect Against HIV MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When used regularly, a medicated monthly vaginal ring may be an effective way for women in sub-Saharan Africa to protect themselves from HIV infection, according to new research. The flexible ring contains the antiretroviral drug dapivirine. The ring, developed by the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), is placed high inside the vagina where it steadily releases the medication over the cou...

  • Mixed Progress in Worldwide Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Mixed Progress in Worldwide Fight Against HIV/AIDS TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of HIV/AIDS deaths worldwide each year has fallen since peaking in 2005, but the number of new HIV infections is up in 74 countries, according to a new study. Deaths from HIV/AIDS fell to 1.2 million in 2015 from 1.8 million in 2005. Though the number of new HIV infections has decreased since a peak of 3.3 million in 1997, it has been relatively stable at about 2.5 million a year for the past decade....

  • Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of Princeton University students given a vaccine to combat a meningitis B outbreak on campus in 2013 didn't show signs of protection from the immunization, researchers reported. However, none of the vaccinated students developed a meningitis infection, the study found. It was the first-ever use of the meningococcal group B vaccine Bexsero (4CMenB) in the United States. Two-thirds of those who go...

  • Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though pigeons are generally considered a city-dwelling nuisance, researchers have found that these "rats of the sky" can be used to monitor levels of lead and other toxic compounds in cities. Blood samples taken from hundreds of sick or injured pigeons in New York City between 2010 and 2015 showed that their lead levels rose in the summer. Those findings correlated to what happened with lead levels in blood sample...

  • Mouse Study Offers Hope for Vaccine Against Chlamydia

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Mouse Study Offers Hope for Vaccine Against Chlamydia THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Canadian study with mice suggests there is hope for a vaccine to protect against chlamydia, a common, sexually transmitted infection that can render young women infertile if left untreated. The vaccine works by interrupting the process by which chlamydia infects host cells, said senior researcher James Mahony, a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario....

  • Menopause: Not All Hot Flashes Are Created Equal

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Menopause: Not All Hot Flashes Are Created Equal FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The hot flashes and night sweats of menopause don't play out the same for all women, new research shows. Almost 80 percent of women do get hot flashes, night sweats or both during menopause, the researchers found. But the timing of these symptoms and how long they last appear to vary a great deal, with factors such as body weight, race, education and dietary habits tending to predict the patterns. "We used to thin...

  • More Older Americans Cared for at Home

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    More Older Americans Cared for at Home TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More older Americans with chronic health problems are opting to live at home, relying on help from family, paid caregivers or friends, a new study finds. In 2012, half of seniors with a disability had some type of home health care, an increase from 42 percent in 1998, University of Michigan researchers found. "The majority of seniors would prefer to stay at home rather than go to a nursing home," said Dr. R. Sean Morrison,...

  • Many Adults Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor, Survey Finds

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Many Adults Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor, Survey Finds MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to fears about the overuse of antibiotics, a new Texas study finds that one in every 20 adults has hoarded the drugs and used them without a doctor's guidance. For years, health experts have warned that overuse of antibiotics is leading to drug-resistant "superbug" bacteria that could pose dire health problems. Self-diagnosis and overuse of the drugs could now be adding to the problem, th...

  • Mouse Study Hints at Hope Against Blindness

    Posted: 07/18/2016

    Mouse Study Hints at Hope Against Blindness MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report they have regenerated parts of damaged optic nerves in a handful of blind mice, a breakthrough that might lead to a human cure for glaucoma and other nerve-related blindness. A combination of gene therapy and visual stimulation prompted partial regrowth of the optic nerves, restoring some communication between the brain and the eye in these mice, said study senior researcher Andrew Huberman. "We didn...