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HIV-Infected Cells Persist in CSF in Individuals on Long-Term ART

About half of HIV-positive individuals on long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) have HIV-infected cells in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to a study published online July 15 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Serena Spudich, M.D., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined HIV persistence in CSF and associations...

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Health Tip: Working in Extreme Heat

-- Outdoor workers are more likely to become dehydrated and have heat-related illnesses, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that people working in extreme heat: Drink water. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. Wear and reapply sunscreen. If possible, work earlier...

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Health Highlights: July 16, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Anorexia May Have Roots in Metabolism: Study There's a link between the eating disorder anorexia nervosa and metabolism, a new study finds. "It means that when we think about anorexia nervosa we need to be thinking that it is not only a psychiatric...

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FDA Approves AirDuo Digihaler (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) Inhalation Powder for Asthma

JERUSALEM and PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 15, 2019 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AirDuo® Digihaler™ (fluticasone propionate 113 mcg and salmeterol 14 mcg) Inhalation Powder, a combination therapy digital inhaler with built-in sensors...

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Would You Like a Lizard With That Salad?

Imagine this: You open a bag of fresh salad greens and out pops a lizard. Or worse. Unfortunately, that scenario is more common than many might think. Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering live, dead or severed parts of animals in their produce. More than half of the cases involved...

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HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems

Even with long-term treatment, HIV can still be found in the cerebrospinal fluid of some people with the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports. And these patients are at increased risk of having thinking problems, the researchers say. "It is difficult to target infections that lurk in the brain, and HIV is probably not an exception to the rule,"...

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Evolution Could Explain Why Staying Slim Is So Tough

It's not easy maintaining a healthy weight. Even when you manage to drop a few pounds, they often return. Why would the body seem to encourage obesity? New research suggests the answer lies far back in human evolution, with an anti-starvation mechanism that primes the body to store fat. The key to this mechanism is a protein dubbed "RAGE," according...

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How to Protect Your DNA for Big Health Benefits

You might think that stress affects you only emotionally or that a lack of sleep simply leaves you feeling cranky. But these are among the many lifestyle factors that can lead to health problems because of changes that they cause within your body's cells. Packed inside every cell is your DNA and its strands of chromosomes. Chromosomes are protected,...

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Hurricanes Can Hurt Survival Odds Among Those With Cancer

When a hurricane strikes, as tropical storm Barry did this weekend in Louisiana, most people worry about the immediate health dangers such a storm poses. But new research suggests that the interruptions in radiation therapy caused by power outages may also lower the chances of long-term survival among lung cancer patients. "While we could not analyze...

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AHA News: Best Way to End Homelessness and Its Health Impact? Prevent Evictions

The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions. HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place. Living in an unstable housing environment can have a devastating impact on health....

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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