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Antiretroviral drug greatly reduces HIV transmission risk, new study says – Al Jazeera America

An antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV is also highly effective at preventing the virus’ transmission if taken while engaging in risky sexual activity, according to study results released this week. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and Public Health England found that Truvada, an antiretroviral drug already used to treat HIV, reduced the risk of […]

Patients choose amputation to replace damaged hands with bionics – Chicago Tribune

VIENNA — Seventeen years after losing the use of his hand in a motorcycle crash, Marcus Kemeter volunteered to have it amputated and replaced with a bionic version. “It wasn’t hard for me to decide to do the operation,” said Kemeter, 35, a used-car dealer in Austria. “I couldn’t do anything with my hand. The […]

Hand-washing Dishes May Protect Kids From Allergies – WSAW

CBS News – Most parents want their children to live in an environment that’s clean and sanitary. We all buy home appliances that allow us to keep our homes as spotless as possible with little effort. But increasingly, research indicates that a little bit of […]

Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac Leaves Doctors In Awe – Huffington Post

All births are miraculous, but one particular birth in California left doctors breathless. On Dec. 6, Silas Johnson was born fully inside the amniotic sac at 26 weeks premature via C-section at the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, KCBS reported. Now doctors are speaking out about the amazing […]

Ebola endemic risk remains in west Africa, scientists warn – The Guardian

Scientists are warning of a real risk that the Ebola virus disease could become endemic in west Africa if efforts to end the epidemic slacken as the number of cases falls. All previous outbreaks of Ebola were stamped out within months and the virus disappeared from the human population each time. Guinea, Sierra Leone and […]

Exposing infants to peanuts causes big reduction in peanut allergy, study shows – Washington Post

Peanut allergy, an occasionally life-threatening condition that has prompted changes in food consumption rules everywhere from pre-schools to airlines, can be sharply reduced by feeding peanut protein to children at risk for the condition beginning when they are infants, researchers reported in a landmark study Monday. The findings could have implications for other potentially dangerous […]

Blind man describes joy at seeing wife for first time in decade thanks to ‘bionic eye’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Mr Zderad’s new vision is far from normal as he only sees flashes of black and white light shapes rather than colours, features and finer detail. “It’s a bit like radar that I have to decipher and interpret,” he said. But recognising his wife was no challenge. “It’s easy,” he explained, “as she’s the most […]

IUDs and hormonal implants have become ‘five times as popular’ over past decade – Medical News Today

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds a shift in preferences for birth control among American women, who are increasingly opting for long-lasting reversible contraceptives. The CDC say that the failure rate for IUDs is below 1%, making them more effective than the birth control pill, which has a failure rate […]

Japanese flu drug shows some promise in first Ebola tests: study – CTV News

SEATTLE — An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa, but only if patients get it when their symptoms first appear. A study of the drug, favipiravir (fav-ih-PEER’-ah-veer), is still in early stages in West Africa, and too few people have been […]

UK doctors urge use of Roche’s Avastin as cheap eye drug – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – British doctors called on Tuesday for Roche’s cancer drug Avastin to be made routinely available as a cheap alternative for treating people with a debilitating eye disorder. Doctors from 120 Clinical Commissioning Groups said using Avastin ‘off-label’ to treat the potentially blinding condition of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) could save the […]

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