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McCain treated for viral infection, returns home to Arizona

McCain treated for viral infection, returns home to ArizonaRepublican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday.



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Seaworld: Another killer whale dies after suffering from a bacterial infection for 10 years

Seaworld: Another killer whale dies after suffering from a bacterial infection for 10 years“Despite their best efforts, her health and appetite significantly declined over the past several days despite continually tailored treatments,” SeaWorld said in a statement. There are now 10 orcas in the San Diego theme park, including five males and five females.



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SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung Infection

SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung InfectionAn orca at SeaWorld San Diego was euthanized Tuesday evening after a long battle with a bacterial respiratory infection.



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Swaziland halves world's highest HIV infection rate: report

Swaziland halves world's highest HIV infection rate: reportSwaziland, which bears the world’s heaviest HIV burden, has almost halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday. The country — where one in three adults is infected with the AIDS-causing virus — has vastly expanded public programmes to test people for HIV infection and put them on life-saving anti-retroviral treatment (ART). “The rate of new HIV infections has been reduced by half,” Velephi Okello of the Swazi health ministry told journalists at an HIV science conference in Paris.



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'Placenta Pills' Led to Bacterial Infection in Baby

'Placenta Pills' Led to Bacterial Infection in BabyA woman who ate her placenta after giving birth wound up spreading a potentially deadly infection to her baby, according to a new report of the case. The mother had paid a company to make pills from her placenta after the birth of her baby, and she began taking these placenta pills three days after the baby was born. The baby was born healthy in September 2016, but started showing signs of respiratory distress soon after birth, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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Girl Develops 'Flesh Eating' Infection After Strep Throat

Girl Develops 'Flesh Eating' Infection After Strep ThroatA 6-year-old girl in Ohio recently needed to have her leg amputated after she developed a rare complication from an infection with strep throat bacteria. The girl, Tessa Puma, was treated for strep throat in early March, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. At that time, she didn’t have symptoms of the illness, but the doctors treated her because she had tested positive for group A Streptococcus, the bacterium that causes strep, after her father had strep throat, the newspaper said.



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Test can detect HIV within a week of infection: researchers

The Spanish National Research Council has technology that "detects the protein at concentrations 100,000 times lower than in current techniques," and "during the first week after infection"Spain's top research institution said Thursday it has patented an HIV test that can detect the AIDS-causing virus within a week of infection, the fastest yet. A "biosensor" developed by scientists of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) detects the p24 antigen, a protein attached to the HIV virus, in human blood, the council said in a statement.



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One in seven with HIV in Europe unaware of infection: study

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that on average it takes almost four years before an HIV infection is diagnosed and reported.One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region. "HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe… The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's (ECDC) estimate that one in seven people living with HIV are unaware of their status is particularly worrying," EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in the report released ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday. The ECDC figure is based on data from the 28 EU nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.



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One in seven with HIV in Europe unaware of infection

Europe registered its highest number of new HIV cases in a single year in 2015, at 153,407 cases, up from 142,000 in 2014, the WHO saidOne in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region. "HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe… The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's (ECDC) estimate that one in seven people living with HIV are unaware of their status is particularly worrying," EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in the report released ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday. The ECDC figure is based on data from the 28 EU nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.



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Taking anti-HIV pill as needed prevents infection

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Taking an anti-HIV pill shortly before sex and for a few days afterward can help protect people against infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, according to researchers in France and Canada. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the pill, known as Truvada, for so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Uninfected individuals who take Truvada every day can cut their risk of getting HIV during sex by more than 90 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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