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2:40pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Test And Treat' Strategy For Curbing HIV Draws Questions

Nurse Irena Majola tests Justice Mlambo's blood for HIV at a roadside AIDS testing table in a suburb near Cape Town. Under the "test and treat" strategy, about 45 million South Africans would need to be screened for HIV each year.
Rodger Bosch AFP/Getty Images

San Francisco is trying a new tactic to fight AIDS. Health workers are aggressively testing people for HIV and then immediately putting those who test positive on potent antiretroviral drugs.

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12:17pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Americans Think About Screening

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:28 am

Dr. Karen Lindsfor, a radiologist at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, reads a mammogram in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Ben Franklin wrote. But that was before he had to consider the risks and benefits of screening tests for cancers of the breast and prostate.

There are conflicting guidelines on when women should get mammograms and mounting questions on when the PSA blood test for prostate cancer is worthwhile.

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7:54am

Thu September 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Detergent Packs Lead To Injuries Overseas, Too

A label warns parents to keep Tide laundry detergent packets away from small children.
Pat Sullivan AP

Scottish doctors report treating five children for injuries after swallowing liquid detergent capsules during the last year and a half.

The kids, all younger than 2, showed up in the emergency room with similar symptoms: drooling and stridor (breathing marked by a whistling sound caused by a narrowed airway). Most were treated with steroids and the placement of tubes to help the kids breath.

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2:13pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vaginal Ring Protects Monkeys From HIV-Like Infection

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:10 am

A small, plastic vaginal ring loaded up with an HIV drug protects monkeys from infection with simian immunodeficiency virus.
Julie Sitney Courtesy of the Population Council

When it comes to contraception, women have many options. There are pills, patches, diaphragms and even a vaginal ring that slowly releases birth control hormones.

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11:26am

Wed September 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Unveil 'Google Maps' For Human Genome

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:56 pm

Scientists unveiled the results of a massive international project Wednesday that they say debunks the notion that most of our genetic code is made up of so-called junk DNA.

The ENCODE project, which involved hundreds of researchers in dozens of labs, also produced what some scientists are saying is like Google Maps for the human genome.

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