Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

Jul 29, 2014

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That’s better than a ...

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

Jul 27, 2014

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could ...

Jul 27, 2014

U.S. doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

An aid organization says a U.S. doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus. Samaritan’s Purse issued a news release Saturday saying Dr. Kent Brantly was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia, the capital. Brantly had been ...

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Jul 27, 2014

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new ...

Jul 26, 2014

Nigeria confirms first Ebola fatality

West Africa’s current Ebola outbreak has spread to a fourth country, after an ill Liberian man vomited, had diarrhea and a high fever on an airplane to Nigeria. As soon as the plane landed Tuesday, the 40-year-old Liberian was moved into an isolation ward ...

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 ...