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Gene study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as "Patient Zero" for seeding the U.S. outbreak. Learn More


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Brazil and Colombia to scale up bacterial fight against Zika and dengue

LONDON (Reuters) - Health authorities in Colombia and Brazil will launch large-scale mosquito-control campaigns using a using naturally occurring bacteria known as Wolbachia to fight the spread of dengue and Zika viruses among people. More »


EpiPen rival plans return to U.S. market in first-half 2017

(Reuters) - Privately held drugmaker Kaleo Inc announced on Wednesday plans for a U.S. relaunch of its Auvi-Q injector for life-threatening allergic reactions in the first half of next year. More »


Pollution particles damage blood vessels, may lead to heart disease

(Reuters Health) - Tiny pollution particles produced by vehicle engines and industry are known to worsen heart disease and raise the risk of stroke, but a new study suggests they might also be planting the seeds for cardiovascular disease early on. More »


'Low FODMAP’ diet may ease irritable bowel syndrome

(Reuters Health) – In a randomized trial, people with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) had significant pain and symptom relief on a diet that starves gut bacteria of some of their favorite foods, according to a new study. More »


Indian cigarette maker ITC criticizes big health warnings on packs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's biggest cigarette maker ITC on Wednesday criticized the government's decision to impose bigger health warnings on cigarette packets, saying there was little evidence to link smoking to diseases depicted in those pictures. More »


U.S. Catholic health group hit with complaint over sterilization ban

(Reuters) - The largest Roman Catholic health organization in the United States was accused in a federal complaint on Tuesday of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized. More »


Breastfeeding support helps new moms stick with it, U.S. doctors say

(Reuters Health) - Women who want to breastfeed their babies may be more likely to try it and to stick with it when they receive education and support, new U.S. guidelines conclude. More »


E-cigarettes could be used to help combat obesity in smokers trying to quit: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers in Britain and New Zealand have found a potential new use for electronic cigarettes in smokers who want to give up - controlling appetite and limiting the weight gain that often comes with quitting. More »


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