Jul 25, 2014

Legal sex work may slash HIV toll: study

Scrapping laws that ban sex work would slash the number of HIV infections over the next decade, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum. Female sex work is one of the big vectors of the world HIV pandemic, sometimes being the ...

Jul 20, 2014

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over decade

The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study has found. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. “It’s encouraging,” said Patrick ...

Jul 20, 2014

Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hepatitis C

A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat, said a study Saturday. Patients were given Gilead Sciences’ sofosbuvir, a drug approved for the U.S. market in ...

First U.S. cases of chikungunya mosquito virus reported

Jul 20, 2014

First U.S. cases of chikungunya mosquito virus reported

Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean. Two people in Florida have domestically acquired chikungunya infections, officials said Thursday. In both cases, they said, a person infected with the ...

Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Jul 18, 2014

Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. ...

Jul 17, 2014

300 vials labeled influenza and dengue are found at U.S. lab

The same U.S. government scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection contained 327 ...

Jul 13, 2014

Dengue shot offers some protection in trial

The most advanced vaccine for dengue offers only modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as “breakbone fever,” according to a large trial. There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, ...

Jul 11, 2014

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO’s ...

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

Jul 8, 2014

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step toward developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used to select patients ...