Health

Surprising Monkey Study Could Lead to ‘Functional’ HIV Cure

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Dec 1 – Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the attention of the director of

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Gaza Doctors Face Challenge After Birth of Conjoined Twins

GAZA, Nov 23 – Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins – baby girls who share one heart and one body. “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, but we discovered that it is a Siamese baby,” said Hanan

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Playboys and Misogynists More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems: Study

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK  – Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday. The analysis found links between sexist behavior and mental health issues such as depression and substance abuse,

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Iran Reports Outbreaks of H5N8 Bird Flu in Tehran Area: OIE

Nov 21 – PARIS  – Iran reported two outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus at farms located in the Tehran region, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Iranian agriculture ministry. The outbreaks killed some 5,600 birds out of a total of nearly 283,500

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Choking Game Riskiest When Kids Play Alone

By Lisa Rapaport – Kids who play “choking games” to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone, a U.S. study suggests. It’s dangerous enough in groups, but without others present to interrupt the asphyxiation children face an increased risk

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Childhood Cancer Survivors May Not Get Needed Adult Care

By Lisa Rapaport – Children who’ve had cancer may be more likely to receive the follow-up care they need in adulthood if their parents take the time to teach them how to interact with doctors while they’re young, a recent study suggests. “Parents who both act as a support for their children as they age and

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WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Artificial Pancreas Safe for Hospitalized Diabetics

By Kathryn Doyle An automatic insulin delivery system that has performed well in type 1 diabetes patients also proved safe and feasible for type 2 diabetes patients on a general hospital ward, according to a U.K. study. The so-called artificial pancreas, or closed-loop insulin delivery system, monitors blood sugar levels and increases or decreases insulin

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