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A Nasty Swine Flu in China Means Big Trouble for US Farmers 15.6.2019 Mother Jones
A relentlessly rainy spring and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China aren’t the only forces haunting the Midwest’s corn and soybean farmers. A deadly, highly contagious disease called African swine fever—thankfully, harmless to humans—is sweeping through China’s hog farms, literally killing demand for feed.   African swine fever has already wiped out at least 20 […]
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Rural health: Financial insecurity plagues many who live with disability 12.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR's recent poll on rural health found that's especially true for one group: people with disabilities.
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Expert panel recommends wider use of daily pill to prevent HIV infections 11.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says people at high risk of being infected with HIV should be offered a daily pill containing antiretroviral medications. The drug's cost remains a hurdle.
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How hundreds of children were infected with HIV in one Pakistani district 11.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

In February, a handful of parents in southern Pakistan’s Larkana district brought their children to physician Imran Arbani’s clinic with similar symptoms, including pneumonia and uncontrollable fever. Arbani eventually asked a father to have his 16-month-old daughter tested for HIV.

“He got angry...

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Patients will pay for the crackdown on fetal tissue research, scientists fear 10.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she's worried this kind of research may be on the way out.

The Trump administration is cracking down on fetal tissue research...

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Bowing to anti-abortion lobby, Trump terminates crucial UCSF research contract 6.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Bowing to pressure from the anti-abortion lobby, the Trump administration said Wednesday that it will end a contract with the University of California that used human fetal tissue to research treatments for infectious diseases such as HIV and the Zika virus.

The research, performed at the division...

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He Jiankui's Gene Edited Babies May Have a Lower Life Expectancy Because of Chinese Scientist's Experiment 3.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Individuals with mutation to the CCR5 gene have a 21 percent increase in mortality rate, study finds.
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Coming up: Food insecurity plagues residents around the state 3.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
People who can't afford, or don't have access to, healthy food options can incur significant health problems.
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Health officials hope to slash Minnesota's new HIV infections 30.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
About 300 people receive an HIV diagnosis each year in Minnesota and the state Health Department's new initiative aims to cut that number to 225 by 2025 and to 75 by 2035.
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What I've Learned as a Sociologist Working with Anti-vaxxers for a Decade 28.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Many “anti-vax” parents see themselves as experts on their own children.
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What we know about the deaths of 6 migrant children who perished in U.S. custody 25.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Six migrant children — five from Guatemala and one from El Salvador — have died in federal custody since September.

Most of the children died after becoming ill in Border Patrol’s crowded temporary holding areas.

On Monday, a 16-year-old died after being diagnosed with the flu; 32 people in the...

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Climate change could bring the bubonic plague back to Los Angeles 16.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The steamship caused the last global outbreak of bubonic plague. Climate change could cause the next one.

Longer, hotter weather patterns are extending the breeding season of rats and rodents, leading to a steep increase in their numbers in places like Los Angeles, New York and Houston. Over the...

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It's not just measles. What you should know about vaccines for adults 15.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Many people don't know which shots they need as they get older. And the vaccines can be tougher to keep track of because many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do.
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Doris Day, Rock Hudson and introducing America to AIDS with empathy and love 14.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Doris Day and Rock Hudson became big stories starring in a series of romantic comedies in the 1950s and ’60s.

But perhaps their most influential joint appearance came decades later in 1985. Day was about to host a cable TV show about dogs, and she invited Hudson on as her first guest.

By then,...

Bubonic Plague: Eating Raw Marmot Kidneys Caused Black Death of Couple 8.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The incident sparked a six-day-long quarantine.
Tourists Quarantined After 'Black Death' Outbreak in Mongolia 3.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A man and his pregnant wife died from the disease after they ate an infected marmot.
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Two People Contract HIV Following 'Vampire Facial' 30.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The New Mexico Department of Health is urging people to get tested following two confirmed cases of the virus stemming from treatment at Albuquerque spa.
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Disinfectant Could Kill 99.9% of Deadly Airborne Germs 29.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Scientists have so far struggled to find ways of killing the bacteria which cause measles and the flu in the air before they enter our bodies.
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A promising anti-HIV drug poses a dilemma 19.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The medication is very effective, but there's concern it might cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. Different countries address that issue in very different ways.
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Minnesota records first pediatric flu death this season 12.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Officials haven't released information on the age of the child or the region of the state where the flu-related death occurred.
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