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South Africa to give free HIV treatment to all infected
    1 years 6 months ago
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OHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it will now provide free treatment to all people infected with HIV, regardless of the condition of their immune system. Before Thursday's announcement by the country's health department, people were eligible for free treatment based on a certain measure of
Pennsylvania firm launches Zika vaccine trial in Puerto Rico
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Pennsylvania drug company announced Monday that it has launched a clinical trial of a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. will be testing its DNA-based vaccine candidate on 160
Florida governor: Zika spread by mosquitoes in South Beach
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MIAMI (AP) — South Beach has been identified as second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, Florida's governor said Friday. But Gov. Rick Scott said the state does not plan to advise people to stay away from the beaches, nightclubs and pedestrian thoroughfares that
UN bungles response to Africa's yellow fever outbreak
    2 years 7 months ago
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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than 6 million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about 1
Needle stealing highlights issue tracking health workers
    2 years 9 months ago
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DENVER (AP) — The latest public health scare involving a Colorado surgical technician has revealed states have more work ahead in trying to prevent needle-stealing hospital workers from getting hired. Authorities say an HIV-positive surgical tech stole syringes with fentanyl and endangered
Rocking fatherhood: A dude's how-to guide on staying cool
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NEW YORK (AP) — Before parenthood, Chris Kornelis rocked it as a music writer for Seattle Weekly. Two kids later, he's still making a living as a writer, a freelancer, and recently added a new book to his resume, a how-to guide for dads-to-be who want to stay cool. And he rocks that, too. Who
Pakistan says new sampling shows progress against polio
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — For the first time in Pakistan's history all the previous month's environmental samples for polio have tested negative — a sign of progress in the campaign to eradicate the virus, an official said Monday. A total of 40 samples were collected from 14 cities in mid-April under
Bone cement company accused of experimenting on humans
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SEATTLE (AP) — Reba Golden hurt her back after falling two floors while building an addition to her house in Honduras. But when she returned to Seattle for a routine spinal surgery, she suffered blood clots, severe bleeding and died in 2007 on the operating table. Joan Bryant's back had
Tricky talks ahead on measures to battle Zika
    2 years 9 months ago
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate are facing tricky negotiations with each other and the White House over how to handle the public health threat posed by the Zika virus. In the House, a partisan 241-184 vote Wednesday night to pass a $622 million bill to
Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly
    2 years 10 months ago
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Health authorities in Panama say they've identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Department's chief epidemiologist says all four cases occurred among mothers of the Guna Yala indigenous group. Dr. Israel Cedeno said
FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has
Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes
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MIAMI (AP) — Genetically modified mosquitoes will be deployed in the Cayman Islands to control the insect species that spreads Zika, dengue and other diseases. British biotech company Oxitec says it plans to start releasing hundreds of thousands of modified mosquitoes per week in June on Grand
'I am here' - Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Though he cannot speak, Benjamin Alexander has much to say, one typed word at a time. Ben was diagnosed with nonverbal autism and epilepsy a few months before his third birthday. Now 22, he is a writer and a student at Tulane University in New Orleans with a GPA of 3.7. In
Collaborative institute aims to speed cancer drug creation
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before. The newly created Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy is being funded by a
Ebola crematorium painful reminder of crisis for Liberians
    2 years 11 months ago
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BOYS TOWN, Liberia (AP) — At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from the cremation of bodies would darken the sky here by early morning. The incinerator rumbled like a mini-earthquake, shaking the ground and neighbors' emotions. "Even the little ones, when they used to see the trucks pass
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