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 ...

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 ...

Jul 17, 2014

Ebola survivor shunned as a 'zombie' joins fight against virus

Jamila got a cold reception when she returned home after 12 days in an isolation ward battling the Ebola virus in her hometown of Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Though she survived, Jamila was fired from her job as a philosophy teacher because her school feared ...

Jul 15, 2014

South Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

South Korea has announced state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago. The South’s Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to ...

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, ...

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

| Jul 12, 2014

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

by Philip Brasor

In March 2007, the city of Yubari in Hokkaido became the first Japanese municipality to declare bankruptcy, letting loose a flood of media coverage characterized by expressions of sympathy for residents. Yubari’s debt had reached ¥63 billion, the result, according to national press reports, ...

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 ...

Jul 9, 2014

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China’s hospitals must not turn away injured people who need emergency care, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Tuesday, as the government tries to tackle a persistent problem in its sprawling health care sector. Providing affordable, accessible health care is one ...

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 ...