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A New Gel May Prevent HIV Infection

A vaginal gel can protect users against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), although it has to be used three hours after having sex. At the moment its efficacy and safety has only been tested in monkeys, but in the light of these findings, the researchers believe that it could be used in humans. Developing new methods for preventing infection of the virus of AIDS in countries with few resources is a priority to reduce the spread of the epidemic. Until now, microbicidal gels had proved most effective, although they should be applied before intercourse, which compromised their employment in many…
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Doctors Reconstruct A Face Using a 3D Printer

A British man whose face was severely injured in a motorcycle accident underwent facial reconstruction surgery made ​​using three-dimensional printer parts. Stephen Power, 29, has become the first person to be operated with this technology . Power two years ago had an accident with his motorcycle and although wearing a helmet, the upper jaw, nose, and cheekbones broke and he suffered a fractured skull. After spending four months in the hospital, he came out with a partially disfigured face hiding behind hats and sunglasses . To return to his usual appearance, first a three-dimensional model of Power's skull was created…
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Michelle Obama, Governor Chafee, and Director of Health Urge Cities and Towns to Join Let’s Move!

First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Director of Health Michael Fine, have all reached out to the leadership in Rhode Island's cities and towns calling on them to join Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties. Let's Move! is a national campaign to address the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging local leaders in improving the health of people of their communities. Obama, Chafee, and Fine aim to make Rhode Island the country's first Let's Move! state by getting the leadership in every city and town to enroll. "Everyone has a role to play to increase opportunities for healthy living…
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New Device Can Reduce or Prevent Migraines

Cefaly is a band that is worn on the forehead and sends electric shocks to one of the nerves of the brain. The invention developed by a Belgian company, has just received approval from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA), after several studies, the institution considered it safe and effective in the prevention and treatment of migraines. Using Cefaly is very simple, the band goes on the forehead and just above the ears standing. When activated, electrical impulses are sent to the the trigeminal nerve associated with migraine attacks. In a high percentage of patients, the result after a period…
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Being Born Small or Premature Can Lead to Infertility

It is increasingly clear that fetal development influences subsequent life events. Since the cardiovascular risk to the possibilities of developing different diseases may be influenced by what has been experienced in the womb or shortly after leaving it. Now, a study published in the journal BMJ Open, shows that the physical characteristics of girls at birth can affect the chances of being infertile when they become older . Specifically, the study says, a birth weight less than expected (low weight for gestational age) or smaller in size could double the risk of not being able to have children as adults.…
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New WHO Guidelines for Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO ) wants you to stop eating too much sugar. Based on new guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. Current guidelines from the organization, published in 2002, recommend consuming less than 10% of total daily calories from sugars. "There is growing concern that consumption of sugars, particularly in the form of sweetened beverages ... may result in an increase of total caloric intake , leading to an unhealthy diet , weight gain and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases" the WHO said in…
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Are A Public Safety Issue, Eric Holder

Concerned about the increase in heroin overdose deaths , Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, called for increased efforts to fight what he considered an "urgent public health crisis." In a video released Monday, Holder said the increased efforts include not only law enforcement, but also treatment and efforts to keep people away from the deadly drug . "It is clear that opium addiction is urgent - and - growing public health crisis. Which is why the authorities of the Department of Justice and other local leaders, state and federal code, are fighting it aggressively" Holder said, adding…
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A New Blood Test May be Able to Predict Alzheimer’s 3 Years Before Onset

A new blood test could detect with 90 % accuracy whether a person will develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment three years in advance, according to a study released by the journal Nature Medicine. The research, conducted by a group of experts from the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington DC, found that some changes observed in the blood may mean that the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's in its earliest stage. Scientists examined for five years over 70,525 healthy people and identified ten main phospholipids which could be used to predict whether patients will develop mild cognitive impairment…
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HealthSource RI to Open Temporary Contact Center in Warwick

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health benefits exchange, will open a temporary satellite Contact Center at 250A Centerville Road in Warwick. The temporary location will open Monday, March 10, and will remain open until the end of April. HealthSource RI will open the satellite center to provide a convenient alternative walk-in location to Rhode Islanders from communities outside the immediate Providence area. The Warwick center will be open seven days a week, from 8 to 9 , Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday. Consumers interested in learning more about health care coverage options available through…
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Scientists Warn That Climate Change Could Increase Malaria Cases

Malaria affects millions of people every year. A group of British scientists and researchers warned that climate change could bring a significant increase in cases of malaria around the world, as well as the spread of the disease to mountainous areas of Africa and South America. The study, published in the journal Science, says that even a small increase in temperature in the future could result in millions of cases of disease. The researchers found evidence that mosquitoes that transmit the disease are moved to higher ground as the temperature rises. People living in high altitude areas lack adequate immune…
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