Zika Can Cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome

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An international team of researchers recently provided evidence linking Zika virus infection to cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS); In a case-control study, investigators analyzed blood samples from 42 patients diagnosed with GBS during the Zika outbreak that occurred in French Polynesia between October 2013 and April 2014. During that period, an increase in the rare autoimmune condition that attacks the peripheral nervous system was reported, raising the possibility of an association between the Zika virus and GBS.

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12 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE

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Coffee has been both praised and mocked for centuries. It has been blamed to cause impotence and madness, other times a cure for laziness or “gift from heaven”. Heavy stuff. But what are the actual, scientifically proven pros and cons of coffee we know today?

Coffee May Help Your Heart

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The Huffington Post

That morning cup is a must-have for many people. And now it looks like java fans may have a healthy reason to pour another cup.

In a new study, researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) looked at coffee consumption and found that moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk of dying from heart disease.

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Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says

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The New York Times

 

The World Health Organization issued sweeping new guidelines on Wednesday that could put millions more people on H.I.V. drugs than are now getting them. The recommendations could go a long way toward halting the epidemic, health officials say, but would cost untold billions of dollars not yet committed.

A medic with Doctors Without Borders testing a sex worker for H.I.V. in Beira, Mozambique, in October 2014. Credit Gianluigi Guercia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A medic with Doctors Without Borders testing a sex worker for H.I.V. in Beira, Mozambique, in October 2014. Credit Gianluigi Guercia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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New Study Shows HIV Epidemic Started Spreading in New York in 1970

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NBC News

OCT 26 2016

A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay flight attendant long vilified as being “Patient Zero.”

Researchers got hold of frozen samples of blood taken from patients years before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS was ever recognized, and teased out genetic material from the virus from that blood.

Image: Colorized electron microscope image of the HIV virus.

The human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images

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Breast milk sugars promote healthy infant growth through gut microbiome

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EurekAlert!

Bacteria that live in the gut interact with dietary components to affect health and wellness. In a study published February 18 in Cell, a team led by Jeffrey Gordon at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now finds key components in breast milk that promote healthy infant growth and how interactions with the gut bacteria drive this process.

IMAGE: THIS VISUAL ABSTRACT SHOWS HOW TWO PRECLINICAL MODELS FOR INFANT UNDERNUTRITION ESTABLISH A LINK BETWEEN CONSUMPTION OF SIALYLATED MILK OLIGOSACCHARIDES, THE GUT MICROBIOTA, AND HEALTHY GROWTH

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How Diabetes Affects Older People

 

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JAMA

About 11 million Americans older than 65 years have diabetes. Most have type 2 diabetes, which is associated with overweight and obesity. Read more

Black Health Experts Renew Fight Against Menthol Cigarettes

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The New York Times

SEPT. 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — Menthol cigarettes account for about a third of all cigarettes sold in the United States, and they are particularly popular among black smokers — about four out of five report smoking them, according to federal surveys.

An advertisement for Newport menthol cigarettes on a Brooklyn bodega’s door. About four of five African-American smokers smoke menthol cigarettes, according to federal surveys.

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How Coffee Could Help Men in the Bedroom

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Caffeine intake tied to reduced erectile dysfunction risk

Caffeine is the only thing that gets many people out of bed in the morning. Turns out caffeine could help some men when they’re in bed, too.

A new study found that men who consumed about as much caffeine as what’s in a couple of cups of coffee each day had a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).

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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.

Findings from phase I/II of the clinical trial are published online in the journal Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation. Read more