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Kenya to Roll Out Drug to Curb HIV Infection

Thousands of HIV-negative Kenyans will for the first time be placed on daily antiretroviral medication, or ARVs, in a bid to avert new infections. The new program seeks to lower the country’s HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and …

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US EPA Awards $100 Million to Upgrade Flint Water System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it had awarded $100 million to upgrade Flint, Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure to address a crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning. The grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will enable the city to “accelerate and expand” its …

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US City Alleges Drugmaker Let OxyContin Flood Black Market

As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle.   Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped up patrols, hired social workers to ride with officers and pushed for more permanent …

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Malawi Registers New Cases of Cholera

Malawi has started registering new cases of cholera in areas bordering Mozambique, one week after the government in Malawi warned of a cholera outbreak in the neighboring country. The disease — an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium — affects children and …

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Australian Scientists Tackle Myanmar Snake Bite Problem

Australian scientists, working with counterparts in Myanmar, are hoping to reduce Myanmar’s high death toll from snake bites in rural communities, especially among vulnerable populations facing inadequate emergency care. The official toll from snake bites in Myanmar is 600 deaths a year out of some 13,000 cases among a rural …

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3D Printing Human Skin Opens Up World of Possibilities

What’s the largest organ in the human body? It’s skin, of course. Ask any doctor about its role in protecting what’s inside us from all kinds of trouble. That’s why it’s such a big deal that university scientists in Spain have learned how to manufacture what they say is fully …

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Trump Budget Would Force Tough Choices in Disease Research

What goes on the chopping block — research into cancer or Alzheimer’s? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs? Health groups say President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash funds for the nation’s engine of biomedical research would be devastating for patients with all kinds of diseases — and for …

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Breathe Easy: Nose Shape Was Influenced by Local Climate

The human nose, in all its glorious forms, is one of our most distinctive characteristics, whether big, little, broad, narrow or somewhere in between. Scientists are now sniffing out some of the factors that drove the evolution of the human proboscis. Researchers said on Thursday a study using three-dimensional images …

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Brazil Yellow Fever Cases Pass 400; More Than 130 Dead

Brazil’s Health Ministry says 424 people have been infected with yellow fever in the largest outbreak the country has seen in years. Of those, 137 have died.   An update published Thursday said that more than 900 other cases are under investigation. During the current outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere’s …

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US Study: Experimental Blood Test Could Speed Autism Diagnosis

Developers of an experimental blood test for autism say it can detect the condition in more than 96 percent of cases and do so across a broad spectrum of patients, potentially allowing for earlier diagnosis, according to a study released on Thursday. The findings, published in PLoS Computational Biology, are …

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