CDC study of Indiana HIV cases shows most are same strain

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:52

A genetic analysis of HIV samples taken from about half the people infected in the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history shows nearly all of them have the same strain of the virus, a finding one health expert says is a sobering reminder of how rapidly HIV can spread among intravenous drug users.

Indiana’s state epidemiologist, Pam Pontones, cautioned that the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are “very preliminary.” But she said they suggest that the HIV strain detected in southeastern Indiana’s outbreak was introduced there during the past six to 12 months.

What do you know about the sperm bank industry?

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:39

Sperm banking is a huge industry that has been around for decades but one that is relatively loosely regulated in the U.S.

Here are some things to know about the industry:

Power plant pollution is a lung health hazard

Written by Harold P. Wimmer & Thomas Ferkol Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:59

Advocating for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe.

How health care reform benefits LGBT Americans

Written by GoHealthInsurance Monday, 10 February 2014 11:13

For many years, the LGBT community has experienced disparities in the health system as people have been denied the same rights as heterosexual Americans, have been found to have a high percentage of preexisting medical conditions and have experienced difficulty finding affordable health insurance. Now members of the LGBT community can have a sense of ease, as the Affordable Care Act and last summer’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling bring new health care rights and protections.

Under the ACA, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation, meaning members of the LGBT community cannot be denied coverage or charged more for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Study: Vitamin B3 might help against skin cancer

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 15 May 2015 12:10

For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths.

In a study in Australia, people who took a specific type of vitamin B3 for a year had a 23 percent lower rate of new skin cancers compared to others who took dummy pills. In absolute terms, it meant that vitamin takers developed fewer than two of these cancers on average versus roughly 2.5 cancers for the others.

Studies: Merck drug Keytruda effective against 3 cancers

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:50

One of the hot new cancer immunotherapy drugs, Merck & Co.’s Keytruda, strongly benefited patients with melanoma, lung cancer and mesothelioma, according to three studies presented Sunday at the American Association for Cancer Research conference in Philadelphia.

One study, comparing Keytruda to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Yervoy, could give Merck a temporary advantage as the rivals battle for market supremacy and billions of dollars in annual sales from this new generation of drugs, which help the immune system destroy cancer cells. While research continues, the pace is quickening and big improvements in patient care regimens are likely fairly soon.

Study will test chocolate pills for heart benefits

Written by Marilynn Marchione,
AP chief medical writer
Monday, 17 March 2014 04:50

It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

How carbs are destroying your brain

Written by Barbara McMahon,
The Interview People
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:16

Leading neurologist David Perlmutter says our low-fat diet is causing brain disorders — but the damage can be reversed. When it comes to preserving our brain’s health and our mental faculties, we tend to think that it is not really up to us. It’s a matter of luck whether we become senile or not, because it is down to our genes.

Walking with my mother in her heart-breaking decline

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:37

All life cycles have watershed moments, times when another bridge has been irrevocably crossed. In the life of a child, that moment is often a joyful one. But for an elderly parent, life proceeds in reverse, leading often to sorrowful conclusions. My mother Liz, who is 93 years old, reached one of those watershed moments one night three years ago. 

FACETIME: Filler turns back the clock on your face by replacing volume lost from aging

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:37

In their never-ending quest to maintain a youthful appearance, Americans of a certain age and mindset are increasingly choosing dermal fillers over surgery to smooth the cracks and crevices of time. Together with Botox, fillers can erase a decade or more of age’s cruelties in a relatively inexpensive and painless hour. Unlike cosmetic surgery, which carries the danger of branding you with that alien or “wind-tunnel” look, fillers are subtle and non-invasive. 

Exercise can prevent, reverse dementia

Written by Hannah Devlin / The Times / The Interview People Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:21

Physical exercise is as important in staving off dementia as keeping your mind active, scientists have said.

The desk that tells you to stand up

AP writer
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:15

Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There’s been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they’re not that easy to use, and it’s hard to motivate sitters to stand.

Stir, a company founded by a former Apple engineer, says it has the answer: a table that will nudge you to stand, with a gentle, one-inch rise and fall of its surface. If you take the suggestion, the table rises to standing height.