August 10, 2012 |
ATLANTA - U.S. health officials said Thursday that doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus. The government previously advised doctors to give the once-a-day pill Truvada to high-risk gay and bisexual men only. However, more than a quarter of new HIV cases each year are heterosexuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore," said Dawn Smith, the CDC physician who was lead author of the new guidance.
July 23, 2012 |
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren refers to himself as a "glass half-full kind of guy. " Looking at it that way, the Flyers have a good chance to land massive defenseman Shea Weber. After all, no team has ever matched the type of contract the Flyers have offered the restricted free agent - 14 years for $110 million. Nashville has until 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to match the deal, and if it does, Weber remains the Predators' cornerstone. But for those who tend to look at the glass as being half-empty, here's a sobering thought: Since the lockout in 2005, just one of the six restricted free agents who was given an offer sheet didn't return to his original team.
June 25, 2012 |
AZIZ KHAN GHARI, Pakistan - Less than four months ago the world was cheered to learn that India had gone a full year with no new cases of polio - a landmark that left only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria on the World Health Organization's list of countries where the disease is endemic. But the battle is far from over, judging by the WHO's latest expressions of alarm. It says that in Nigeria and Afghanistan the number is creeping up, while budget shortfalls are jeopardizing the effort to hold polio at bay in 24 other high-risk countries.
June 1, 2012
"Hysteria" is an English romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. So who better to view an advance screening than our own romance columnists, Steve & Mia? The movie, based on an idea from Daily News Tattle columnist Howard Gensler, opens Friday. Here's what Steve & Mia had to say: Steve: When I was single and dating, I often wondered about the myth of the female orgasm. Mia: For the women you dated, it was a myth. Steve: I'm serious. You heard what Dr. Robert Dalrymple (played by Jonathan Pryce)
May 30, 2012 |
JULY CAME EARLY THIS YEAR with hot and muggy weather on Memorial Day, and the weather is expected to remain that way until Tuesday night, when showers or a thunderstorm are forecast to hit the area. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Memorial Day and Tuesday, prompting the city to activate its summer heat programs that zero in on seniors and the homeless. Temperatures hit a high of 91 at 3:59 p.m. (the low of 68 degrees clocked in at 5:31 a.m.)
May 17, 2012 |
An $80 million national research plan to attack Alzheimer's, a mind-robbing malady that may affect as many as 16 million Americans by 2050, will start this year with U.S.-sponsored studies on ways to prevent the disease in high-risk people and treat it with an insulin nasal spray. The National Institutes of Health will spend $7.9 million researching the spray and $16 million on the first study to focus on growth of the disease in high-risk patients, according to a statement today by Department of Health and Human Services.
March 3, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes wrecked several Indiana towns and killed at least 20 people Friday as the system tore roofs off schools and homes, flattened a fire station, flipped over tractor-trailers, and damaged a maximum-security prison. It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week. Authorities reported 14 deaths in southern Indiana, where Marysville was leveled and nearby Henryville also sustained extreme damage.
January 19, 2012 |
When casino mogul Sheldon Adelson wrote a $5 million check this month to a super PAC backing his close friend Newt Gingrich, it was the largest donation the executive had ever made to a candidate in an election cycle. Aides close to the 78-year-old billionaire, whose company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., owns the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort, about an hour's drive from Philadelphia, say the contribution reflects Adelson's penchant for making high-risk bets - with high payoff. It also showcases the growing influence of super PACs on the presidential campaign.
November 14, 2011
A glass of red wine can warm the heart on a chilly fall evening, and some data show it will also improve your cardiovascular health. But women who take one sip may no longer deserve to wear that pink ribbon. Even moderate drinkers are encouraging the enemy - breast cancer - at least according to the latest news from the Journal of the American Medical Association. A recent study shows that even one drink a day can raise a woman's risk by 15 percent. The findings come from a large study that followed 105,986 nurses over 28 years.
August 12, 2011 |
Poverty, long known to be a major factor behind the HIV epidemic in urban areas, is such a powerful force that income and related measures are better predictors of who will get infected than whether a person exchanges sex for money, according to a new federal study of heterosexuals in 24 cities. The study, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was too small to break out findings on Philadelphia or the other cities. But it helps explain why Philadelphia has some of the highest HIV rates in the country, as Philadelphia is among the most impoverished of big cities.