Sexual Assault Awareness Month Is Here: What You Need to Know

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One in three women experience sexual violence that involves physical contact, reports the CDC. No wonder this campaign held every April to prevent sexual assault is so important.

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HIV Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

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JAMA

January 10, 2019

HIV Viral Load and Transmissibility of HIV Infection

In 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as HIV-related stigma, launched the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) initiative.1 U = U signifies that individuals with HIV who receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. This concept, based on strong scientific evidence, has broad implications for treatment of HIV infection from a scientific and public health standpoint, for the self-esteem of individuals by reducing the stigma associated with HIV,2 and for certain legal aspects of HIV criminalization.3 In this Viewpoint, we examine the underlying science-based evidence supporting this important concept and the behavioral, social, and legal implications associated with the acceptance of the U = U concept.

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10 Teas That Keep You Fit

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Metrosource

MAY 2018

Looking to shed a few pounds? Get ready to drink plenty of tea. Humans have been drinking tea since the days of emperor Shen Nung in China around 2737 B.C. In the recent book For All the Tea in China, author Sarah Rose recounts the daring and dramatic story about how England actually stole the world’s favorite drink by deploying Robert Fortune to steal China’s tea secrets in 1848 — an act that would change history. Nowadays, there are so many varieties available, it might be hard to know which ones will help you pare down a paunch. So we gathered ten teas to consider when it’s time to trim:

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Acid Reflux and GERD Overview

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Health-Line 

Acid reflux occurs when stomach contents moves backward into the esophagus. It’s also called acid regurgitation or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Acid reflux is a common digestive condition. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), more than 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month. More than 15 million Americans experience it every day.

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Change Your Ways, Reduce Your Risk: 7 Tips for Preventing Diabetes

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Piggybacking the obesity epidemic, diabetes rates continue to surge. On June 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and alarming statistics on diabetes. An estimated 29 million Americans have the disease, a nearly 12 percent increase from the 26 million diabetics in 2010.

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How to Help Someone Who’s Depressed

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HEALTH                                                                                                                                      When someone you know and love is clinically depressed, you want to be there for that person. Still, keep in mind that your friend or loved one has a medical condition, so giving support may mean more than just offering a shoulder to cry on.

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Want a Zika Test? It’s Not Easy

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The New York Times

SEPT. 19, 2016

Jamie Palmeroni-Lavis plays with her son, Daniel, and husband, Rob Lavis, at Adeline Park in Rochester, N.Y. The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic recently and want to be tested for Zika before having another baby. Credit Rachel Jerome Ferraro for The New York Times.
Jamie Palmeroni-Lavis plays with her son, Daniel, and husband, Rob Lavis, at Adeline Park in Rochester, N.Y. The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic recently and want to be tested for Zika before having another baby. Credit Rachel Jerome Ferraro for The New York Times

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CHICAGO WOMAN IS FIRST ADULT CURED OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE WITH CHEMO-FREE TECHNIQUE

 

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BlackDoctor.org

Iesha Thomas has been in and out of hospitals battling sickle cell disease since she was only 8 months old. This summer, 33-year-old Thomas became the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with a chemotherapy-free procedure at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the University reported. Thomas is one of 12 adult patients cured of sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial at UI Health that used a unique procedure for stem cell transplantation from healthy tissue matched from a sibling donor.

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Fear of Zika Virus Is Putting a Damper on Destination Weddings

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The New York Times

Fear, if not the reality of the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, has not only cast its shadow on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, but is upending the carefully laid plans of couples who have long wanted a wedding in an exotic tropical locale.

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Protecting Health Workers From Zika During Labor and Delivery

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JAMA

May 10, 2016

Labor and delivery can be joyous for new parents and the health professionals who help bring infants into the world. But the birthing process also exposes physicians and nurses to large volumes of patients’ body fluids, reinforcing the need for extra vigilance in observing infection control measures as protection against possible Zika virus infection.

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