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December 1: World AIDS Day
1 Dec 2015 at 11:36am
World AIDS Day, first recognized in 1988, was the first ever global health day. As of 2012, approximately 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has caused nearly 40 million deaths globally since cases were first reported in 1981. The virus is transmitted through sexual contact, exposure to infected body fluids, and from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. While there are antiretroviral therapies to help control virus levels in HIV-positive people, over one million people around the world still die from the disease every year.
New York adopts first US menu salt warnings
1 Dec 2015 at 11:27am
New York on Tuesday became the first US city to adopt salt warnings on restaurant menus for food containing more than the daily recommended limit, in a bid to fight heart disease. It also requires chains to post a warning statement advising that high sodium intake can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke -- the two biggest killers in America. Chains have 90 days to comply with the new rule, which was passed unanimously by the city health board in September, before $200 fines are imposed from March 1.
Life insurance companies see good outlook for survival with HIV
1 Dec 2015 at 11:08am
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Two companies are for the first time jointly offering life insurance to people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in recognition that their life expectancies are close to those of uninfected individuals. Previously, HIV-positive individuals would automatically be denied life insurance, said Bill Grant, who co-founded the financial services company AEQUALIS with Andrew Terrell. The plans will be offered through a partnership between Prudential Financial Inc. and AEQUALIS, which focuses on serving people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Ex-Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still Says Daughter Leah Has No Signs of Cancer
1 Dec 2015 at 10:55am
Leah Still battled Stage 4 cancer last year.
Parents may be in a fog when children come home from hospital
1 Dec 2015 at 10:55am
?We had ideas about what experiences these families faced as they tried to settle back into their home routine after hospitalization, but we certainly learned a great deal more about the specifics,? said lead author Dr. Lauren G. Solan of the University of Rochester Medical Center. The researchers surveyed adult caregivers of children under age 18 who had been discharged from Cincinnati Children?s Hospital Medical Center.
Former boxing champ Taylor pleads guilty to Arkansas charges
1 Dec 2015 at 10:52am
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Former world middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor entered guilty pleas in an Arkansas state court on Tuesday to felony charges stemming from three incidents, and is set to face sentencing in April, court officials said. Taylor, 37, had earlier indicated he would contest the charges that include shooting and wounding a cousin in 2014 near the boxer?s suburban Little Rock home. In January, he was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a pistol to threaten a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and in July was charged with battery for assaulting a man at a Little Rock substance abuse treatment center. In exchange for Taylor?s guilty plea, the state dropped a child endangerment enhancement count in the January incident and reduced in severity the charge arising from the July episode. Taylor has offered repeated apologies for his erratic behavior in recent years. He has vowed to resume his career in the ring, and was granted permission on Tuesday by state court judge, Leon Johnson, to leave the state for training. Following a court-order examination, a state psychiatrist testified in February that Taylor needed psychiatric care and should be monitored for substance abuse in lieu of incarceration.
World AIDS Day: See How Much Has Changed in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
1 Dec 2015 at 10:39am
Researchers have made huge strides against the virus that causes AIDS.
UnitedHealth CEO defends possible exit of Obamacare exchanges
1 Dec 2015 at 10:32am
UnitedHealth will examine each product and region where it sells individual plans on the exchanges during the first half of 2016 and decide where to exit, CEO Stephen Hemsley said. The company has about 500,000 customers on the exchanges, which were created under the Affordable Care Act. The insurer announced in November that its losses on the exchanges were unsustainable and it might drop out of the Obamacare exchange business.
How NYC Salt Warning Could Affect Your Dinner
1 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Your favorite New York pizza slice might now come with a warning label thanks to a new regulation in New York City that aims to make consumers aware of salt levels in their food. In the battle to ensure consumers know exactly what they're getting in a meal, chain restaurants in New York are being required to issue salt "warnings" starting today for foods with an outsized amount of sodium. Eating high levels of sodium can "increase blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke," according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Gilead put profit ahead of hepatitis C patients: U.S. Senate report
1 Dec 2015 at 10:21am
U.S. state Medicaid programs spent $1.3 billion before rebates in 2014 on Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drugs to treat fewer than 2.4 percent of enrollees with the liver disease, according to a U.S. Senate investigation into pricing of the blockbuster medicines. In the latest salvo against high U.S. prices for important medicines, the 18-month Senate Finance Committee investigation into the cost of Gilead's Sovaldi and follow-on combination treatment Harvoni accused the company of putting maximizing revenue ahead of patient access. The vast majority of the more than 700,000 people on state Medicaid programs for the poor with hepatitis C are still awaiting treatment, the probe found.
Outrage of the Month: Our Broken System for Protecting Human Research Subjects
1 Dec 2015 at 9:38am
Read more in Public Citizen's December Health LetterFrom 1946 to 1948, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) conducted highly unethical medical research in Guatemala (1). Some of the research involved deliberately infecting people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis and gonorrhea, without their consent (2). In 2011,...
This Sunny Yellow Face Mask Harnesses a Seriously Powerful Ingredient
1 Dec 2015 at 9:21am
Photo Credit: Alicia Cho, Thrive MarketBy Dana Poblete for Thrive MarketFor thousands of years, Indian brides have traditionally used a special concoction from head to toe on the eve of their wedding to get skin glowing for their big day.The sheer vibrancy of this liquid gold is almost enough to make a believer of anyone doubting the powers of...
Cuba reinstates limits on doctors leaving the country
1 Dec 2015 at 8:44am
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Tuesday re-imposed limits on doctors leaving the country, saying its universal and free healthcare services have been "seriously affected" by the flight of vital medical specialists. In a rare backtrack by Cuba on modernizing reforms of recent years, the Communist government said it would reapply restrictions that had been lifted in 2013. Cuba said it was responding to a U.S. program that seeks to drain its former Cold War enemy of doctors, nurses and other specialists working in third countries.
Jury picking resumes in Baltimore's Freddie Gray killing trial
1 Dec 2015 at 8:30am
Jury selection resumed on Tuesday in the trial of the first of six police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody that triggered rioting and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams told a second batch of 75 potential jurors in the trial of Officer William Porter that opening statements could take place in the next few days. The death in April of Freddie Gray, 25, followed police killings of black men in other cities, including New York and Ferguson, Missouri.
Don't Use Weight As a Weapon
1 Dec 2015 at 8:28am
Weight is front and center in America today, but perspectives vary according to context, knowledge, experience and yes, compassion. There are many angles to the issue and I'm pretty sure, that just about everyone who is overweight knows these factors intimately. We know our reality and our risks, and we know how hard these issues are to manage...