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Early Intervention No HIV Cure


Early Intervention No HIV Cure

Promising results from several babies born with HIV and treated with antiretroviral drugs within hours of birth had led to hopes that such early interventions could prevent the virus establishing reservoirs in the body and offer a cure for the disease, but one by one the virus reemerged in these patients once they were weaned from their medications. Most recently, doctors in Italy reported on a child who had been placed on an antiretroviral regimen within hours of birth and had long had no detectable viral load in his bloodstream. At the age of three, he was taken off the medication, and within two weeks showed signs of the virus again. More… Discuss

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Low Back Pain: Paracetamol No Better than Placebo


Low Back Pain: Paracetamol No Better than Placebo

Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other common over-the-counter pain medicines, is no better than a placebo when it comes to reducing acute low back pain or shortening recovery time. Currently, paracetamol is universally recommended as the first-line analgesic for low back pain, but these recent findings suggest that this approach should be reevaluated and perhaps revised. More… Discuss

news: Cancer in Refugee Camps


Cancer in Refugee Camps

Historically, combating infectious diseases and malnutrition have been the primary concerns of health workers in refugee camps. Unfortunately, this leaves those refugees with equally deadly but non-communicative and expensive-to-treat diseases, like cancer, with few treatment options. This is a growing problem, say researchers, as refugees today remain displaced for substantially longer periods than in the past and the numbers of those displaced have swelled considerably in recent years. Between 2010 and 2012, the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee, which funds costly medical care for refugees, approved and funded just half of the applications from refugees in Jordan with cancer. More… Discuss

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NEWS: VODKA HASTENING DEATH IN RUSSIAN MEN


Vodka Hastening Death in Russian Men

One in four Russian men dies before the age of 55, compared to just one in 10 in the US and seven in 100 in the UK, and researchers say vodka is largely to blame for the extremely high premature death rate in Russian males. Men who reported smoking and drinking three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week were found in a recent study to have a much greater risk of premature death than those who smoked but consumed less than one bottle of vodka a week. Alcohol poisoning, accidents, violence, suicide, and diseases like throat and liver cancer, pancreatitis, and liver disease were among the most frequent causes of death in heavy drinkersMore… Discuss

 

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Word: POPPYCOCK


poppycock 

Definition: (noun) Senseless talk.
Synonyms: hooeystuff and nonsense
Usage: There’s been talk of an outbreak, and two or three suspicious signs I’m willing to admit, but personally I think it’s all poppycock.Discuss.

 

Cancer Costs Becoming Unsustainable


Cancer Costs Becoming Unsustainable

About 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and that number is expected to more than double over the next two decades. At the same time, cancer treatment costs are rapidly rising, meaning cancer care is quickly becoming unaffordable in many developed countries. According to a recent report published by a team of international experts, most treatments have a substantial cost but a limited benefit. As such, they are calling upon policy-makers, doctors, patients groups, and the health industry to come together to find ways to mitigate the financial burden of cancer treatment. More… Discuss