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Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

Florida leads USA is new HIV casesFlorida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it’s not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state’s top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong.

As the disease has spread, Scott and Armstrong have imposed four years of personnel cuts in the Department of Health that have shrunk the size of county health departments.

State lawmakers are now asking whether the spending decisions have produced a sicker population in a state where HIV infections have risen each year since 2012 as they’ve declined across the country.


'Zika' outbreak will spread across Americas: WHO

Ziki spreading through S. AmericaThe mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Zika has not yet been reported in the continental United States, although a woman who fell ill with the virus in Brazil later gave birth to a brain-damaged baby in Hawaii.


U.K. diagnoses 3 with Zika virus; CDC expands travel warnings

Sika virusOfficials in the U.K. diagnosed three British travelers with the Zika virus as the Centers for Disease Control in the United States expanded its travel warnings.

The Public Health England agency said the three cases are "associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana." Zika virus is spread by the same types of mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya and are found in the Americas, including the United States.


Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in half of U.S. counties

Lyme tickNearly half the counties in the United States have ticks that carry Lyme disease, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, the first since 1998, shows the blacklegged tick significantly expanded into parts of the northeast and some northern states as it doubled the number of counties researchers consider it to be "established" in.


The U.S. Pays a Lot More for Top Drugs Than Other Countries

costly drugs cheaper abroadPrices for brand-name drugs are typically higher in the U.S. than other developed countries. The drug industry has argued it's misleading to focus on U.S. list prices that exclude discounts struck behind closed doors with insurers.

A Bloomberg News analysis finds that even after these discounts, prices are higher in the U.S. than abroad. Seven of eight top-selling drugs examined still cost more in the U.S. than most other countries.


CDC, doctors group issue advice for not taking antibiotics

CDC warns against antibioticsAcute respiratory tract infections bring adults to the doctor's office the most often, and antibiotics are the most common treatment. A physician's group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contend, however, that antibiotics are generally not necessary for the infections.

The American College of Physicians and CDC issued a set of recommendations for the treatment of ARTIs -- which include acute uncomplicated bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis, and the common cold -- moving away from antibiotics because they do not treat the conditions.


Cancer treatment for MS patients gives 'remarkable' results

MS treatment 'remarkable'UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing "remarkable" improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer.

About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again.

Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: "To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement."


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