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Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV, Study Suggests

Reducing incarceration can reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have.

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to Debut New TV Ads

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Following the success of its recent brand relaunch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) will kick off its 2016 advertising campaign with a television commercial debuting during the Seattle area broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, on CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. Three additional TV ads will air in the weeks after, and all will run through June. The campaign is designed to convey the strength of SCCA’s three alliance partners—Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine—and how “Better Together” translates into better outcomes for patients in the treatment of cancer.

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Expanding Use of Vaccines Could Save Up to $44 for Every Dollar Spent, Study Suggests

Vaccinations, long recognized as an excellent investment that saves lives and prevents illness, could have significant economic value that far exceeds their original cost, a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.

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Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV in the Female Reproductive Tract

For the first time, investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have determined how antiretroviral therapy (ART) affects the way HIV disseminates and establishes infection in the female reproductive tract. These observations have significant implications for future HIV prevention, vaccine and cure studies.

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Common Colds at School a Primary Driver of Asthma Hospitalizations for Children

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The most dangerous times of year for children with asthma are soon after their schools reopen after a break, and a new study finds that cold viruses are largely to blame.

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DHS S&T Announces Winners of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Think-and-Do Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the winners of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Think-and-Do Challenge.

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What You Need to Know About Zika Virus and Microcephaly

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent announcement of a public health emergency of international concern has many individuals searching for information on the Zika virus. Larry Kociolek, MD, Infectious Diseases at Lurie Children’s explains the virus, addresses the concern for risk in pregnant women and how you can prevent contracting the illness.

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Mayo Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species that Causes Lyme Disease

Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi.

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Columbia Experts Answer Questions About the Zika Virus

Columbia University Medical Center and Mailman School of Public Health experts offer insight into the arrival of the Zika virus in South America and the Caribbean.

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UF/IFAS Faculty Experts Can Talk About the Connection Between Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus.

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Hallucinogen Use Could Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence

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Hallucinogen research gains traction, suggests class of substance could be therapeutic for problem behaviors, including intimate partner violence.

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IFT Launches New Website To Help Consumers Find Out the Facts on Food

Consumers have a lot of questions about where their food comes from, how it’s made and what’s in it. To help consumers find this information, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is excited to announce the launch of “IFT Food Facts.” IFT Food Facts is an online resource that has videos and fact sheets with tips related to the science of food that consumers can use at home, at the store and on the go. IFT’s member experts answer common questions about food safety, nutrition, and food chemistry, as well as address common myths and misperceptions about food science and technology.

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University of Georgia to Collaborate with GeoVax on Zika Vaccine

The University of Georgia announced Wednesday that it has entered into a collaborative research agreement with GeoVax Labs Inc. to develop and test a vaccine to prevent the emerging and virulent Zika virus infection.

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C. diff Study Provides Insight Into Antibiotic Resistance, Infection Risks

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Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new study published by Stuart Johnson, MD, of Loyola University Health System (LUHS), Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and the Hines VA Medical Hospital.

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The Medical Minute: Understanding Who's at Risk for Zika Virus

If you hadn’t heard of the Zika virus, chances are that has changed with recent reports of outbreaks of the mosquito-borne illness in Latin America, and possible cases in the United States.

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Findings of a Preliminary Study Find Correlation between Exceptionally Hot and Dry Winter in Northeast Brazil and Outbreak of the Zika Virus

Preliminary findings published in The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious journals

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Sexual Aspect of Zika Adds Whole New Layer of Complex Management, UB Expert Says

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University of Maryland School of Medicine Experts Available to Discuss Zika Virus

As it spreads throughout South and Central America and beyond, Zika presents a unique challenge to health officials and to the public. University of Maryland School of Medicine infectious disease specialists can offer insight into the virus, its potential hazards, and the possibility that it may spread to the U.S.