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Cuba Just Became the First Country to Eliminate Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

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For decades, Cuba has been one of the leaders in global health. Cuban doctors led the way in the fight against Ebola, and American doctors are just now getting their hands on a lung cancer vaccine that Cuba has had for 20 years. Cuba achieved yet another medical milestone today, becoming the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV or syphilis. The announcement was made by the World Health Organization. The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan called the accomplishment, “one of the

Remember That Fried “Rat” from KFC? Ya, It Was Actually Chicken

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Two weeks ago, a California man named Devorise Dixon shared the following photo to his Instagram account: I WENT TO KFC YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT A 3PIECE CHICKEN TENDER. AS I BIT INTO IT I NOTICED THAT I WAS VERY HARD AND RUBBERY WHICH MADE ME LOOK AT IT. I NOTICED IT HAD A VERY LONG TAIL AND WAS SHAPED LIKE AN RAT! IT SENT DEEP CHILLS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE BODY IM STILL FEELING SICK CANT EVEN EAT!!! PLEASE WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

This 16-Year-Old Girl Has Developed A $5 HIV Test for Low-Income Communities

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At the age of 16, most teenagers are focused on getting their driver’s licenses and surviving the social jungle that we commonly refer to as high school. But Nicole Ticea is not most teenagers. At the age of 15, Ticea was spending long hours in a university lab developing an innovative early detection HIV test. According to The Huffington Post, the test can, “…detect the virus in babies under 18 months old, as well as adults who’ve been infected for only three

This PhD Student Is Developing A Cheap and Painless Tattoo Removal Cream

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For generations, tattoos have been synonymous with words like permanent and everlasting. Although there have been advances in tattoo removal in recent years, the most common forms use lasers, which can be painful and expensive. Alex Falkenham, a pathology researcher and current PhD student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, may have found an alternative. Falkenham has developed an affordable painless topical cream that removes tattoo ink from the skin. When ink is tattooed onto the skin, your immune system responds by sending macrophages to

Brazilian Man Sings and Plays His Guitar During Brain Surgery (Video)

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Earlier this month, 33-year-old Anthony Kullkamp Dias sang and played six songs on his guitar while undergoing brain surgery in his home country of Brazil. Dias was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that needed to be removed. The doctors who worked with Dias told him that in order for the brain surgery to be successful, he had to be awake and alert during the surgery. Physicians say this is not unusual — in fact, many types of brain surgery require the patient

Scientists Develop Promising New Therapy to Help Restore Vision to the Blind

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Over 280 million people are visually impaired worldwide, but there could soon be hope for many of them: scientists from the University of Berne in Switzerland have proposed a restorative treatment for people suffering from hereditary blindness. Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel, one of the many authors and collaborators involved in the research study, says that a method known as optogenics can be used to activate the remaining light-sensitive retinal cells imbedded in the retinas of people suffering from hereditary blindness. The retina is

Roads Melt In New Delhi As Death Toll from India Heat Wave Rises to 800

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A deadly heat wave has been scorching much of India for the past week, with temperatures rising as high as 118°F over the weekend. The heat wave has claimed at least 800 lives so far. The southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh — which saw temperatures of over 116°F on Monday — has been the hardest-hit region, with more than 551 heat-related deaths in just the past week. The heat has been felt all across the country, including in India’s capital, New Delhi. On Monday, the front

Hate Needles? This New Pain-Free Device Collects Blood Without Them

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Almost everyone has been subjected to a blood test at some point in their life. Blood is tested for a variety of components that are analyzed to help measure a person’s health. For more than 150 years now, needles have been the dominant method for drawing blood, but the risks associated with this method — not to mention the general discomfort of being stabbed by a metal syringe — can now be avoided. Not long ago, medical researchers at Tasso Inc. received a $3 million federal grant

This “Pacemaker For The Stomach” Could Help You Lose Weight

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Earlier this year, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) gave its approval to a unique new electronic device that helps individuals lose weight. EnteroMedics Inc., a biotechnology company in Minnesota, has created a “pacemaker for the stomach” in order to provide another treatment avenue for people battling obesity. Obesity can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, smoking and current medicine use. But the single biggest contributer to excess food consumption is your appetite. Hunger occurs when the abdominal vagus nerve sends signals to

How 3D-Printed Pills Could Help You Feel Better Faster

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All of us have taken a pill at some point in our life. Whether for sinus congestion, an upset stomach or a headache, medications usually take a while before they start acting in your body. But that could wait could be significantly shortened in the next few years, thanks to our recent advances in 3D-printing technology. UK-based FabRx Ltd., in collaboration with medical researchers from the School of Pharmacy at University College of London (UCL), recently published a study showing that the shape of

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