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). 

 Lung CancerLung Cancer

(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)

Simple facts on Ebola

Ebola is a serious disease. It can often be deadly to humans. Because of this, many people are concerned about Ebola. However, if you live in the United States, it’s very unlikely that you will be infected with the disease.

What is Ebola? Where does it come from?

(Distributed October 31, 2014)

Naloxone toolkit debuts with input from Rich, Green

Life-saving overdose toolkitLife-saving overdose toolkitJody Rich and Traci Green, both medical faculty members ​in the department of epidemiology and experts in overdose, contributed to a new U.S. Department of Justice toolkit aimed at helping law enforcement agencies use the overdose death-preventing drug naloxone.

(Distributed October 27, 2014)
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