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HIV Cases Increase in Greece
Health officials warned Friday of an alarming increase in H.I.V. infections in Athens, particularly among intravenous drug users, as Greece struggled through a financial crisis that has led to deep cuts in health care and drug treatment programs. Greek officials ...

World AIDS Day highlights challenges of facing the disease
In March 2002, after hearing rumors that her partner was infected with HIV, Nancy Santiago got tested. When the results came back, her doctor gave her a hug and a referral to care. "Ten years later, I'm still here" - she didn't even need antiretrovirals until four ...

Supreme Court to hear gene-patent case
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether human genes can be patented, taking up an issue that has split the medical community and that will shape the future of personalized health care. The justices said they would hear a challenge to Salt ...

Better education needed to counter HIV rise, says David Cameron
Too many people lack education about HIV and Aids, David Cameron has said, after figures suggested that a record number of people in the UK are living with HIV. The prime minister said almost 25,000 people in the UK who have the human ...

India's Ranbaxy probes 'possible' glass in drug
NEW DELHI — Indian drug giant Ranbaxy has ceased production of its generic version of cholesterol-busting drug Lipitor until it probes the issue of "possible" glass particles in some lots, a statement said on Saturday. The problem is the latest to beset the ...

Grand jury probing meningitis-linked pharmacy: newspaper
BOSTON | Sat Dec 1, 2012 9:52am EST. BOSTON (Reuters) - A grand jury is investigating the compounding pharmacy at the heart of a deadly meningitis outbreak, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday. The grand jury has begun issuing subpoenas to ...

Wide Treatment of HIV Cuts Risk of Transmission
A large Chinese study suggests that treating HIV has a real-world benefit in preventing transmission of the virus, even in developing countries. Note that the reduction in transmission was significant in the first year of treatment but lost significance after that, ...

Cold, mold loom as hazards in Sandy disaster zones
NEW YORK (AP) -- A month after Sandy's floodwaters caused devastation along the New Jersey and New York coastlines, thousands of people are still living in homes that lack heat and have growing problems with mold and construction dust. Health experts ...

HIV positive cases on the rise in Jharkahnd
RANCHI: The number of adult Indians infected with HIV has been declining for the past few years. The National Aids Control Organization (NACO) report said from 0.39 per cent in 2004 the rate came down to 0.37 per cent in 2005 and subsequently it became ...

US Birthrate At Record Low, Experts Attribute Drop To Immigrants And Recession
As a 23-year-old recent college graduate, I know I will not be having children within the next five years. This isn't for lack of wanting–in fact, I'm almost too excited to have kids and have been eagerly awaiting the day when I will since I was at least 17. But this ...

Report: Grand Jury Investigating Pharmacy In Meningitis Outbreak
BOSTON — A federal grand jury in Boston has been seated to investigate the Framingham compounding pharmacy that manufactured tainted steroid injections blamed for at least 36 deaths. The Boston Globe quotes several people familiar with the probe ...

Stigma for Central America's HIV-positive kids
SAN SALVADOR — Four-year-old Carlos, who makes a lengthy trip every two weeks with his teenage aunt to a special clinic in El Salvador's capital, has no notion of the cruel stigma that comes with his HIV diagnosis. Governments and aid groups across the ...

Science notes: US birthrate drops to lowest level since 1920
The U.S. birthrate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. The overall birthrate declined by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a ...

Australia's Cigarette 'Plain Packaging' Law Comes Into Effect (VIDEO)
Sydney bookshop supervisor Sanjit Amatya holds up packaged cigarettes on Dec. 1, 2012. Cigarettes in Australia now have to be sold in identical olive-brown packets bearing the same typeface and largely covered with graphic health warnings. (WILLIAM ...

DSM-5 Wins APA Board Approval
The American Psychiatric Association's board of trustees has approved the fifth edition of its influential diagnostic manual, dubbed DSM-5, the group announced Saturday. The board vote is the last step before the manual is formally released at the APA's ...

World AIDS Day Observance Draws Out Those Who Remember
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Asperger's syndrome dropped from psychiatrists' handbook the DSM
Asperger's syndrome is to be dropped from the psychiatrists' Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, the American publication that is one of the most influential references for the profession around the world. The term "Asperger's ...

Recall: Trader's Joe's Butter Chicken
OTTAWA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian officials say 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice bound for Trader Joe's stores were recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service is ...

Inspector General says Medicaid is wasting taxpayer money
On Thursday, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report raising concerns over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distribution of incentive payments to physicians and hospitals. The report, which comes as Congress continues ...

Stories shared to spread message on HIV
Aziah Driver, 5, watches her mother, DaShawn Gardner, fill out a survey during the 2012 World AIDS Day Forum at Bancroft Elementary School in Wilmington. / EMILY VARISCO/THE NEWS JOURNAL ...

You can fight back against insulin resistance
Though you might not be living with diabetes, your body could be battling the hormone insulin. The condition, called insulin resistance, occurs when insulin can't do its job effectively. "People often don't realize that insulin resistance can develop into diabetes," ...

Act early to prevent AIDS
AIDS is a deadly disease caused by an infectious HIV virus that has killed millions of people all over the globe. HIV and AIDS strikes people from all backgrounds, gender and age. The only way to stay away from AIDS is to prevent it by adopting proper ...

Jingle Bell Fun Run
The College Station Parks & Recreation Department's 23rd annual Jingle Bell Fun Run is set for Sunday, Dec. 2. The race starts at 1:45 p.m., just before by the Bryan-College Station Christmas Parade. The two-mile run starts at the corner of University Drive ...

Analysis: Drugmakers step up search for hearing loss medicines
By Caroline Copley and Ben Hirschler. ZURICH/LONDON | Sun Dec 2, 2012 3:43am EST. ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - When Swiss biotech firm Auris Medical wanted to recruit patients to test its experimental hearing loss drug, it decided to enlist partygoers ...

Ministry: Ranbaxy products in Malaysia safe to consume
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry assured the public that Ranbaxy products were safe from possible glass particle contamination. Its deputy health minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said only the generic version of cholesterol busting drug ...

Move to drop Asperger's from revised diagnosis manual gets approval
CHICAGO -- The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain. The revisions come ...

Butter Chicken from Trader Joe's is Recalled
Canadian and U.S. health officials said more than 4,865 pounds of butter chicken and rice that was headed for Trader Joe's stores had been recalled for possible contamination of Listeria. The Food Safety and Inspection branch of the U.S. Agriculture ...

Photo: Rocking around downtown Providence in the Jingle Bell Run
Serenaded by Bruce Springsteen singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and Elvis Presley singing "Blue Christmas," runners and walkers in the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk took off on their journey at about 11 a.m. Sunday. Many were wearing festive ...

Recall: Trader Joe's Butter Chicken
OTTAWA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian officials say 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice bound for Trader Joe's stores were recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service is ...

Jordan says SARS-like virus deaths isolated cases
AMMAN — Jordan's health minister has said that two deaths in the kingdom from a SARS-like virus earlier this year which were confirmed by the World Health Organisation last week were isolated cases. "Since April, the health ministry has not recorded any ...

Aids: 20 Ugandans who made a difference
In 1982, Prof Nelson Ssewankambo was a young researcher studying a strange disease at Kasensero fishing village, Rakai. Together with Prof David Serwadda and other scientists, they later confirmed the cause of the ailment to be HIV, the virus that causes ...

Asperger's Gets Cut From List of Mental Disorders to Make Room for Hoarders
For the first time in almost 20 years, the American Psychiatric Association is rewriting its diagnostic manual, and it could affect millions of people. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5 is used by psychiatrists to classify mental ...

Authorities searching for 11-year-old leukemia patient taken from hospital by ...
Authorities searching for 11-year-old leukemia patient taken from hospital by ...

USDA goes after Trader Joe's: Butter Chicken is recalled
U.S. and Canadian health official have announced the recall of nearly 5,000 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice bound for Trader Joe's stores, citing a possible Listeria contamination. On Friday, the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and ...

Diabetes may be linked to hearing loss: study
Sun Dec 2, 2012 6:46pm EST. (Reuters) - Diabetes has already been tied to an increased risk of kidney and cardiovascular troubles, nerve damage and vision loss, and now a Japanese study finds diabetics to be more than twice as likely as those without the ...

Healthcare law will have new California Legislature scrambling
SACRAMENTO — When state lawmakers are sworn in Monday for the new legislative session, they will have little time to enjoy the pomp and circumstance. Facing a federal deadline, the Legislature must move quickly to pass measures to implement ...

Coronavirus; 9 Cases, 5 Deaths: Is this the Beginning of a Pandemic?
Novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus not previously recognized in human beings. This type of virus is part of a larger family of viruses known to cause a wide range of illnesses from colds and flu to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. (SARS) ...

Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits and Brain Disease
The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits to the head, according to new findings published in the ...

Chlorine in tap water linked to increase in number of people developing food ...
Chlorine in tap water linked to increase in number of people developing food ...

Possibility of a pandemic grows as WHO discovers another SARS-related virus
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a novel coronavirus has claimed the life of a fifth patient. The novel coronavirus has been shown to be genetically similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus, which could indicate its ...

HIV/Aids treatment has come a long way - in the West
It has been hailed as one of the most memorable public health campaigns ever created. For anyone over the age of 30, the “iceberg and tombstone” television advertisements with a menacing voiceover by John Hurt still bring back a sense of crushing dread: ...

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Fight Cancer
Dec. 3, 2012 -- One of the oldest, cheapest, and most widely used diabetes drugs may be a promising new cancer treatment. In new research from the Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer patients who took the drug metformin survived longer than patients who did not ...

Making Aids history
Anglo American has been involved in the fight against HIV/Aids since the mid-1980s. As the epidemic began to spread, we were one of the first companies to acknowledge the social and economic impact of the disease and the decimating affect it would have ...

Holiday fitness gifts trend from high-tech to basic
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Looking for the perfect holiday. present for a fitness fan? Gift offerings this year range from apps that can store a run in the country to be viewed later to gadgets so sophisticated they measure quality of ...

Large Gene Study Links Plaque In Heart Disease To Inflammation
By linking 15 new genetic regions to coronary artery disease, a large international study sheds new light on the underlying causes of this most common form of heart disease, which results from the build up of fatty material or plaque on the insides of the blood ...

American Psychiatric Association Officially Removes “Gender Identity Disorder ...
American Psychiatric Association Officially Removes “Gender Identity Disorder ...

Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies
As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water. Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology used existing government data to see whether ...

Redefining Crazy: Changes to the Bible of Psychiatric Disorders
On Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association finalized a 13-year process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM, the most important book in the field of mental illness. The DSM attempts to ...

Teens may buy less tobacco when displays are hidden
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Dec 3, 2012 8:17am EST. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study conducted using a virtual reality game suggests teens may be less likely to try to buy cigarettes at convenience stories if they aren't sold in plain ...

Trader Joe's recalls butter chicken product over Listeria concerns
Nearly 5,000 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice manufactured by Trader Joe's has been recalled because of possible Listeria contamination, UPI.com reported. The products have possibly been shipped to various Trader Joe's stores throughout the ...

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