September 30, 2014

Why Infections Are Rising?

1 50% of Gay Men with AIDS Get No Treatment

HIV rates among gay and bisexual males have been rising lately, and a new CDC report links this to the fact that half of those who are diagnosed with the disease fail to get long-term prophylactic treatment. While 77 percent receive some care directly following the diagnoses, only 51 percent receive continuing care and only 49.5 percent take medications which suppress the AIDS virus, extending the patient's lifespan and decreasing the risk of his spreading the disease. The problem is acute among men under the age of 25, for whom infection rates have risen most rapidly and, not coincidentally, the rate of medication use is a mere 30 percent, compared to 68 percent for those 55 or older. Possible reasons for non-treatment range from denial to misinformation to fear of stigmatizing.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Two Antibodies Neutralize Most HIV Strains

Tags: HIV Prevention, AIDS Prevention, Gay Men and AIDS, Reducing HIV Rates, Protecting Against HIV

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Where Did I Put the Car Keys?

2 Early Memory Lapses Linked to Alzheimer’s

While small memory lapses are normal, new research says they should be taken seriously as they may signal a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease in later years. In fact, “clues” as to one’s risk may be present as early as 12 years before diagnosis, finds a decade-long University of Kentucky study of 531 people. Participants had not been diagnosed with dementia at the outset of the study but those who reported memory loss at some point during its course were 3x more likely to develop cognitive problems later in life. The 12-year span between self-reported memory complaints and dementia suggests hope for early diagnosis. But, even if that’s the case, there’s little doctors can do at the present time since drug treatments to ward off dementia have not yet been developed, say researchers.

More at Cbsnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Risk for Dementia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Memory, Memory Loss, University of Kentucky

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Patient in Strict Isolation

3 CDC Confirms First U.S. Case of Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, whose identity has not been released, is being held in “strict isolation” in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. The patient was admitted on Tuesday night based on symptoms and “recent travel history.” The hospital said it’s complying with all recommendations from the CDC to ensure the safety of other patients and the medical staff. Zachary Thompson, director, Dallas County Health & Human Services said Dallas County is ready to care for the patient. "This is not Africa," Thompson said. "We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak." To date, the World Health Organization has confirmed more than 3,000 Ebola-related deaths in West Africa.

More at Www.wfaa.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ebola Outbreak Could Spread to U.S.

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Ebola, World Health Organization, Ebola in U.S., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Zachary Thompson, Dallas County Health & Human Services

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