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Sep 28, 2009

AIDS throws researchers another curveball

Just when some scientists thought there’d never be an AIDS vaccine, a giant study in Thailand showed a combination of two vaccines actually did prevent some infections.

No one is really sure why it works but you can be sure companies, the big nonprofits like IAVI and the U.S. government research labs at NIH, Walter Reed and elsewhere are going to be looking.

Sep 28, 2009

Cancer being unfair again

Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler traveled to a major cancer conference in Berlin and learned that the United States is no longer alone when it comes to being overweight and developing cancer. Those Europeans just jumped on the bandwagon.

And it’s not just rich Europeans — poor countries appear to be lined up for their share, too. News for everyone – not everything distinctly American is worth sharing, especially when it comes to poor eating and exercise habits…Cancer researchers estimate that up to a third of cancer cases are due to being overweight, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and exercising too little.

Sep 7, 2009

Swine flu update

WHO has given up on trying to keep any kind of precise count on swine flu, which is just about everywhere now. It’s fairly mild but hardly anyone has any immunity, so it will infect far more people than seasonal flu does in an average year. That may mean more serious cases and more deaths than usual, just by virtue of sheer numbers.

It is affecting lots of kids but there are some clear guidelines for health care workers to protect themselves and their families.

Sep 7, 2009

Confusing news

Ok so we are not supposed to eat sugar any more and in fact all junk food is targeted.

And you can’t even take solace in the midnight snack.

But yet, Thunder Thighs rule.

Guess the only option is to fatten up on broccoli…