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Surf's Up! How to Plan for a Safe Beach Vacation

Posted 1 day 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 24, 2017 – Heading to the beach this summer? Make safety part of your vacation planning. Sun protection belongs at the top of your packing list. Must-haves include sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothing and a hat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Here are some of the agency's other recommendations: Don't use tanning beds to pre-tan before a beach vacation. The lamps emit harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin. Also, be aware that spray tans and bronzers do not protect against UV rays. Make a list of medications you need to take, and get enough to last the trip. Keep your medicines with you when traveling. Also, carry a detailed list of what medicines you take and have your health care provider's contact information in case you need medical care while you're away. If you wear contact lenses, pack enough for the entire vacation. Don't forget to ... Read more

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Most U.S. Teens Aren't 'Doing It'

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Sex is everywhere in the media, and so you may be convinced that today's teens are always looking to "hook-up." But new federal research says it's just not so. Instead, the study found that most teenagers in high school aren't sexually active. "The myth is that every kid in high school is having sex, and it's not true," noted Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, who reviewed the findings. "It's less than half, and it's been less than half for more than 10 years," she said. The study found that only 42 percent of girls and 44 percent of boys aged 15 to 19 reported having sex at least once. And Breuner said that finding is nothing new. Going back to 2002, fewer than half of older teens told researchers that they are sexually active, federal data show. Further, most teens who choose to go all the way wind up losing their ... Read more

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Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – There are mixed results from a new study on the use of monetary rewards to help boost the odds that HIV-infected patients will enter care, and take their meds as directed. The study, conducted at HIV clinics in New York City and Washington, D.C., found that financial incentives such as gift cards could improve the likelihood that HIV patients would take antiretroviral medications that suppress the AIDS-causing virus. But the effect was modest in patients already receiving care, and the gift cards had little effect on increasing the number of new HIV-positive patients who got treated, the study authors said. Still, lead author Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr called the results "encouraging" and said they "should motivate efforts to pursue the further assessment of using financial incentives in HIV treatment programs and to determine their potential impact when scaled up." ... Read more

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6 Experts Resign from President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel in Protest

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

Six experts resigned from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS because Donald Trump "simply does not care," one of the members wrote in an op/ed piece in Newsweek. Scott Schoettes, counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, and five other members resigned on June 13. The council provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promote effective treatment, prevention, and an eventual cure for HIV. However, as "advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care," Schoettes wrote in the article published June 16. "The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and – most ... Read more

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As U.S. Heroin Use Reaches 20-Year High, Cost to Society Soars

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Heroin use cost the United States more than $51 billion in 2015, a new study shows. The financial toll includes heroin-related crime and imprisonment. It also includes treatment for addiction as well as chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin abuse (such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis), according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The total also includes the cost of treating newborns with heroin-related medical conditions; lost productivity on the job and overdose deaths, the researchers said. "The opioid crisis didn't happen overnight," said study co-author Ruixuan Jiang, a pharmacoeconomist at UIC. In a university news release, she said the number of U.S. heroin users doubled from 2000 to 2013. Study co-author Simon Pickard, a professor of pharmacy systems, has been tracking the rise in heroin use for ... Read more

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FDA Approves First Generic Truvada for HIV Infection and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

June 8, 2017 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of Truvada for the treatment of HIV-1, in combination with other antiretroviral agents, and for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in combination with safer sex practices to prevent sexually-acquired HIV infection in adults at high risk. PrEP may be part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy that includes safer sex practices, such as consistent and correct condom use, regular HIV testing and risk reduction counseling. As part of PrEP, HIV-uninfected individuals who are at high risk of sexually acquired HIV infection take antiretroviral medication daily to try to lower their chances of becoming infected with HIV if they are exposed to the virus. The most common side effects reported by HIV-1 infected individuals using emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in clinical trials included ... Read more

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Merck Receives FDA Approval of Isentress HD (raltegravir), a New Once-Daily Option for the Combination Treatment of HIV-1 Infection in Appropriate Patients

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

KENILWORTH, N.J.-- May 30, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Isentress HD, a new 1200 mg once-daily dose of the company’s integrase inhibitor, Isentress (raltegravir), to be administered orally as two 600 mg film-coated tablets with or without food, in combination with other antiretroviral agents, for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults, and pediatric patients weighing at least 40 kg, who are treatment-naïve or whose virus has been suppressed on an initial regimen of Isentress 400 mg given twice daily. “Isentress has been used as a component of treatment regimens for patients diagnosed with HIV-1 for almost a decade,” said Dr. Michael S. Saag, associate dean for global health, and director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alab ... Read more

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Americans With HIV Staying on Lifesaving Meds Longer

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – More Americans with HIV are sticking with medications that turn a fatal disease into a manageable condition, a new study shows. "This represents a lot of people who are not dying and not infecting others," said study corresponding author Ira Wilson, chair of Brown University's Health Services Policy and Practice Department, in Providence, R.I. "These differences represent tremendous, very real benefit," he added in a university news release. While there have been significant increases in how long HIV patients take their medications, many people still stop taking the drugs after a few years, the researchers cautioned. In the study, the researchers analyzed data from nearly 43,600 Medicaid patients in 14 states from 2001 to 2010, and found the length of time patients kept taking antiretroviral medications increased more than 50 percent. In 2001-2003, half of ... Read more

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Scientists Report Progress on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – A new genetic test may detect anal cancer, a disease that's become more common in women, gay and bisexual men, and people with HIV. "If other studies confirm and build upon these findings, this promising research could be used to develop a less invasive method to help doctors identify people who are at a higher risk of anal cancer and avoid unnecessary procedures for those who are at a lower risk," said Dr. Rachel Orritt, Cancer Research U.K.'s health information officer. In most cases, anal cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, a virus that causes the majority of cervical cancers. "This study builds on what we already know about the link between changes to cell DNA and cervical cancer, and shows that similar changes to the DNA in anal cells could suggest anal cancer," she said. Diagnosing anal cancer is difficult and tough for patients, the researchers ... Read more

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Charlie Sheen's 2015 HIV Disclosure Spiked Use of Home Test Kits

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Soon after actor Charlie Sheen revealed his HIV-positive status back in late 2015, rates of at-home testing for the virus shot up to record levels, a new report shows. The study follows on 2016 research that found the the Internet was abuzz with millions more searches for HIV-related topics after the former "Two and a Half Men" star made the disclosure in November of 2015. In total, all English-language searches about HIV quadrupled beyond the usual number the day after Sheen's announcement, said a team from San Diego State University. Searches for information about HIV symptoms and testing were about six times higher than normal. And their follow-up research has now found that weekly sales of the HIV home-test kit OraQuick nearly doubled in the week after the announcement. "Charlie Sheen's disclosure is potentially the most significant domestic HIV prevention ... Read more

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Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.?

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Could the United States be turning the corner on the AIDS epidemic? New research suggests it's possible. If certain targets are met, the rate of new infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025, which would mark a transition toward the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the researchers said. "Achieving these targets will require a sustained and intensified national commitment to ending the epidemic," said study author Dr. Robert Bonacci, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "But if the U.S. does achieve a reduction to 12,000 new HIV infections by 2025, it could mark an important turning point in the U.S. HIV epidemic: a decline in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S., and the beginning of the end of the U.S. AIDS epidemic," he said in a hospital news release. It's crucial that the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) are ... Read more

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People With Pre-Existing Health Issues Fear Repeal-and-Replace Bill

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Maureen Murphy believes she has much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One of millions of Americans with a pre-existing condition, Murphy was a healthy nonsmoker with normal blood pressure when her medical saga began. What one hospital wrongly diagnosed as Bell's palsy turned out to be "antiphospholipid antibody syndrome with anticardiolipin antibodies." In short, her own body was attacking normal blood proteins and forming multiple blood clots. An MRI revealed that she had suffered a series of small strokes. Murphy, a television and video production specialist, had tried to buy coverage ahead of her diagnosis in October 2010. But she got stung by a proposed rate hike because of a pre-existing condition. Turns out she had been tagged with "depression" because she attended ... Read more

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Life Expectancy With HIV Nears Normal With Treatment

Posted 11 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 – Young adults with HIV who get treatment are living longer in North America and Europe, a new study finds. In fact, a 20-year-old with HIV who began antiretroviral treatment in 2008 or later and had a low viral load after a year of treatment has a life expectancy that's close to that of the general population – around 78 years old, the study found. But life expectancy for people with HIV mostly remains lower than that of the general population, according to the study published in The Lancet HIV. The researchers said their findings could help reduce stigmatization of people with HIV and help them get jobs and medical insurance. The study should also encourage newly diagnosed HIV patients to begin treatment as soon as possible and stick with it. "Our research illustrates a success story of how improved HIV treatments coupled with screening, prevention and ... Read more

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Life Expectancy Goes Up for Black Americans

Posted 3 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 – Black Americans are living longer, but they still aren't living as long as whites are, federal health officials reported Tuesday. While the overall death rate among black people dropped 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, the average life expectancy among black Americans still lags behind whites by almost four years, a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "We are seeing declines in three leading causes of death among blacks – heart disease, cancer and HIV," Leandris Liburd, associate director of CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, said during a midday news conference. And the gap in early death rates between blacks and whites is closing, Liburd added. "For these 17 years, for all causes of death in all ages, the disparity in deaths went down by more than half. Even so, critical disparities remain," she said. The ... Read more

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Fewer Than 1,000 Used Oregon's Right-to-Die Law by 2015

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Oregon's Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill patients to end their own lives. But over almost two decades, relatively few patients have done so, a new study reveals. Less than 1,000 residents have followed through since Oregon became the first state to permit physician-aided dying in 1997, researchers found. More people requested the lethal drugs than actually used them. And, more than three-quarters who used the drugs had cancer, said Dr. Charles Blanke, lead researcher of the new study. "Oregon's Death with Dignity Act is being used only rarely, and by patients who are truly suffering," said Blanke, a professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University's Knight Cancer Institute. Most patients who chose to die cited loss of independence and an inability to enjoy life, said Blanke, who is also chair of SWOG, a worldwide cancer study group. ... Read more

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