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  • The Caribbean, answering the global call to end stigma and discrimination

    April 12, 2014 7:28 AM 47

    The Caribbean response to HIV has known many successes in recent years. Since 2001 there has been a 54% decline in AIDS-related deaths while new HIV infections have dropped by 49%. Twenty times more people are accessing HIV treatment now than there were ten years ago. And several countries are on track to virtually eliminate new HIV infections among

  • HIV/AIDS laws must change

    April 11, 2014 7:02 PM 48

    Have you ever had a consensual one-night stand? Were you convicted, sentenced to 25 years and made to register as a sex offender? If you only knew. Current HIV/AIDS laws are based on fear instead of science. A Dallas homeless man was sentenced to 35 years for harassing a public servant with a deadly weapon: his saliva. In Michigan, an HIV-positive man was charged

  • No Ebola Virus In Ghana – Epidemiologist

    April 11, 2014 12:55 PM 29

    Reports from the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research in the University of Ghana showed that there are no cases of Ebola Virus in Ghana, a Nigerian Epidemiologist has said. The Deputy Director of Public Health in the Ashanti region, Dr Joseph Oduro, said on Sunday evening that the case resulted in the death of a 12-year-old girl. Oduro said the victim

  • Fake Condoms Still Flood Ghanaian Markets?

    April 11, 2014 11:29 AM 33

    According to medical experts, condom use is the only contraceptive method that can protect against against both pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STDs), including HIV, but this is only when it is used properly. According to the Adolescent Health and Development report, in 2009, about 8, 717 pregnancies went through unsafe abortion, in 2010, the number

  • Taming the mosquito menace

    April 10, 2014 8:57 PM 43

    Updated Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 22:54 GMT +3 Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people annually, and cause suffering for many more. In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases of malaria, leading to some 627,000 deaths. Dengue fever is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics, with as many as 100 million people

  • Fasting in the land of plenty: Germans say less is more

    April 10, 2014 12:14 PM 40

    Ueberlingen (Germany) (AFP) - What to give the patient who has everything? Well-off Germans in Europe's top economy are increasingly deciding less is more and fasting to cure what ails them. High-end clinics specialising in deprivation rather than pampering are all the rage in Germany, one of the homes of the fasting movement, and in some cases it is even covered

  • Urban poor women welcome birth control victory

    April 9, 2014 4:53 AM 109

    MANILA – Single mother Christina Bantasan clutched her baby in the shadows of a sprawling Philippine slum, wishing that a controversial birth control law had come earlier so she could have planned her future better. Bantasan, 25, had a child out of wedlock in October, six months before the country’s highest court approved the reproductive health law on Tuesday

  • Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

    April 8, 2014 2:04 PM 78

    Recent research on oral cancer made headlines — and raised concerns — when scientists reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of the disease. Each year, some 40,000 Americans — and upward of 640,000 people worldwide — are diagnosed with oral cancer, which can occur in the tongue, the floor

  • Are you getting your seven-a-day? Experts say we need more helpings of fruit and vegetables

    April 8, 2014 6:47 AM 35

    Updated Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 09:41 GMT +3 Your five-a-day might not be enough, with experts claiming we should be eating seven daily portions of fruit and vegetables. A new study at University College London (UCL) has suggested eating just a couple more helpings can reduce the risk of dying of cancer by 25 per cent. The researchers looked at the eating

  • Doctors Told Them To Abort Or Watch Their Baby Die, Then This Happened

    April 7, 2014 5:25 PM 42

    Minutes after Chanel Murrish was born she broke a record and, in a medical miracle, became the youngest baby in Britain to have open heart surgery. Doctors told Chanel’s parents before birth that they should consider an abortion or else they would be forced to watch their little girl die in their arms because she probably wouldn’t make it. In fact, physicians