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Study Suggests Earlier HIV Antiviral Treatment Saves Lives And Is Cost Effective, Even In Areas Of Limited Resources

Early initiation of lifesaving antiretroviral therapies should be the standard of care for all HIV-infected patients, even those in countries with limited medical and financial resources, according to a study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

 

The team reports that starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) when the level of CD4 T cells drops below a threshold of 350 per microliter of blood, compared with below 250, would prevent nearly 76,000 deaths...

There Is No Such Thing As A Good Tan

Alfred Lane, MD, at Stanford Hospital, knows that kids love summer and kids love sun. However, Dr. Lane cautions, parents must remember that "there's no such thing as a good tan."

 

Lane provides guidance to help ensure your children are well-protected when they're outdoors. "Remember that if you form a tan, you will have ultraviolet radiation damage," warns Lane. "Unfortunately, the body really doesn't forget this damage. It accumulates from childhood through adolescence and adulthood, and this can lead to skin cancer."

CSI: Researchers Find Two Popular Television Shows Inaccurately Portray Realities Of Violent Crime

Researchers compared two popular television shows, CSI and CSI: Miami, to actual U.S. homicide data, and discovered clear differences between media portrayals of violent deaths versus actual murders. This study complements previous research regarding media influences on public health perception.

 

Previous studies have indicated television influences individual health behaviors and public health perceptions. Timothy Lineberry, M.D., a psychiatrist, says "We make a lot of our decisions as a society based on information that we have, and television has been used to provide public health messages."

Mexico Shuts Down But Sees Flu Outbreak Stabilizing

Mexico voiced it might be getting control of an outbreak of a new flu strain that has killed up to 176 people there, shut down large parts of the country and raised fears of a global epidemic.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Mexico's outbreak of the new H1N1 swine flu virus may not be as severe as it looked at first, citing many mild cases that were not immediately noticed.

Hydroxycut Products Recalled After One Death: FDA

The maker of the widely sold Hydroxycut weight-loss supplements is recalling 14 products after reports of liver damage and one death.

 

The Food and Drug Administration urged consumers to immediately stop using the recalled products, which are made by Iovate Health Sciences Inc and marketed for weight loss, boosting energy and other uses.

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