World AIDS Day

World AIDS day is held each year on December 1st to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. This day is an opportunity for people across the globe to work together and fight against the HIV epidemic. December 1st is a time to show support for those who are living with HIV and honor those who have passed away. This year learn more about HIV/AIDS and what you can do to make a difference.

In 2013 there were 35.3 million people living with HIV worldwide. In 2013, 1.5 million people died from AIDS related illness.

(Distributed November 25, 2014)

November is American Diabetes Month

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosing diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Estimates suggest that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the appropriate measures to fight diabetes.

(Distributed November 24, 2014)

HIV risks high in Mexico City’s male sex trade

The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and risky behavior are high among Mexico City’s male sex workers, a new study reports. Among the findings is that sex workers can make 34.5 percent more money for forgoing condoms. The researchers hope to counteract that incentive with one of their own. The study appears in the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

(Distributed November 17, 2014)

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  More people die of lung cancer than the next three most common cancers combined (breast, prostate, colon/rectum and pancreatic). Despite these statistics, lung cancer has not gained enough recognition to be established as a national health priority (American Lung Cancer Association). 

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(Distributed November 11, 2014)

CT lung screening appears cost-effective

In 2010 the National Lung Screening Trial showed that screening for cancer with low-dose CT scans could reduce mortality by 20 percent compared to chest X-rays. But is it cost-effective? A new study’s calculations reveal that it is, but that depends on assuming many answers to questions that remain open.

(Distributed November 6, 2014)

Infection outbreaks, unique diseases rising since 1980

Ebola has a lot of company. In a novel database now made publicly available, Brown University researchers found that since 1980 the world has seen an increasing number of infectious disease outbreaks from an increasing number of sources. The good news, however, is that they are affecting a shrinking proportion of the world population.

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(Distributed November 4, 2014)
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